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Nacho Beristain claims Juan Manuel Marquez is already in better condition for his upcoming fight with Bradley than his victory over Pacquiao

Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Beristain, Rafael Marquez, Joel Diaz, and Antonio Diaz in Indio, Calif. on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday afternoon, esteemed trainer Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Beristain could be found inside of the Indio Boys and Girls Club in the Coachella Valley of California.

Beristain was within reach of his longtime pupil and former two-division champion Rafael Marquez, whom he has reconnected with as he heads into a pivotal clash on Saturday night against Efrain Esquivias at the nearby Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

After a few moments of discussing some aspects of the Marquez-Esquivias bout, I asked Beristain for a few updates on the training camp of Rafael’s older brother Juan Manuel down in Mexico City.

Juan Manuel is prepping for an Oct. 12 encounter with formidable WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, who ironically trains out of the same facility that Beristain was present in on Thursday.

Speaking through Golden Boy Promotions PR Director Ramiro Gonzales, Beristain highlighted his charge’s physical state of being pristine despite the fight with Bradley still over a month away.
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Jamie Kavanagh talks knockout over Meza, training with Joel Diaz, Tim Bradley’s training for Marquez

Chris Robinson catches up with lightweight prospect Jamie Kavanagh (15-0-1, 7 KO’s) inside of the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, as he speaks on his first round knockout over Antonio Meza, what it’s like working with trainer Joel Diaz, checking out Tim Bradley in training, and more
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Joel Diaz gives his thoughts on Lamont Peterson facing the likes of Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia

Lamont Peterson, right, stopping Kendall Holt in Washington, DC, on Friday night (Photo: The Koncrete Jungle)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier tonight, inside of the DC Armory in Washington, DC, IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson ended a year-plus layoff by emphatically halting former titlist Kendall Holt.

Peterson hadn’t fought since his upset victory over Amir Khan in December of 2011 and it was easy to spot his rust early as Holt got off to a comfortable start while also digging in some nice lefts to the body.

Peterson would erupt in the fourth round, however, as he turned up the pressure and dropped Holt with a crushing right hand. Peterson would score another knockdown in the sixth round, as it was obvious that the end was near.

Referee Tony Weeks would wisely stop the action 1 minute and 42 seconds into the eighth round as Holt was taking punishment along the ropes.

Watching the action from his home base in Indio, California, trainer Joel Diaz seemed impressed with Peterson.
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