Claudio Marrero
Claudio Marrero

Claudio Marrero

“The Matrix”

RECORD

24 - 5 - 0

KOs

17

Weight 130.75 lbs (59.09 kg)

Age 31

Home Santo Domingo, DOM 

Complete Stats

A powerful southpaw from the Dominican Republic, Claudio Marrero is getting closer to realizing his dream of winning a world title. Read Bio

Last Fight

loss vs Xavier Martinez

Oct 24, 2020 / Mohegan Sun Arena, Ucasville, Connecticut

Claudio Marrero loss via 12-round unanimous decision to Xavier Martinez in a WBA Super Featherweight World Title eliminator.

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Lipinets vs. ClaytonPBC Boxing Video
Oct 25, 2020 / Lipinets vs Clayton, Sergey Lipinets, Claudio Marrero

Sergey Lipinets & Custio Clayton Battle to a Majority Draw

Two of the world's best 147-pounders draw even in a see-saw affair Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

PBC Boxing Video
Jun 30, 2019 / Charlo vs Adams, Jermall Charlo, Erickson Lubin, Claudio Marrero

Jermall Charlo Thrills Hometown Crowd with Win over Brandon Adams

The WBC World Middleweight Champion excited his fellow Houston natives by out-boxing and out-brawling Adams over 12 rounds to win a wide unanimous decision Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

PBC Hot ListPBC Boxing Video
May 4, 2018 / Mario Barrios, Jermall Charlo, Gervonta Davis, Mikey Garcia, Jarrett Hurd, Claudio Marrero, Deontay Wilder, Errol Spence Jr.

PBC Hot List: Take a look at some of PBC's hottest fighters as the weather heats up

Here’s a list of some of PBC’s top rising stars. Boxers on this list are on a hot streak, like a slugger in baseball on a hitting streak or a running back in football who keeps posting 100-yard rushing games. They’re not ranked in any particular order. We’ll leave that to you—the reader. Take a look at some of PBC’s hottest fighters in 2018.

Fights

Claudio Marrero Fights

LOSS vs Xavier Martinez 16-0-0

Oct 24, 2020 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut

Xavier Martinez WINS against Claudio Marrero by UD in Round 12 of 12

LOSS vs Kid Galahad 26-1-0

Feb 08, 2020 Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Kid Galahad WINS against Claudio Marrero by RTD in Round 8 of 12

WIN vs Eduardo Ramirez 23-2-3

Jun 29, 2019 NRG Arena, Houston, Texas, USA

Eduardo Ramirez LOSES to Claudio Marrero by UD in Round 12 of 12

LOSS vs Tugstsogt Nyambayar 12-1-0

Jan 26, 2019 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Tugstsogt Nyambayar WINS against Claudio Marrero by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Jorge Lara 29-1-2

Apr 28, 2018 Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Jorge Lara by KO in Round 1 of 10

Loss vs Jesus Rojas 26-1-2

Sep 15, 2017 MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Claudio Marrero LOSES to Jesus Rojas by KO in Round 7 of 12

WIN vs Carlos Zambrano 26-1-0

Apr 29, 2017 Sam's Town Live, Las Vegas

Carlos Zambrano LOSES to Claudio Marrero by KO in Round 1 of 12

Win vs Luis Hinojosa 28-9-0

Aug 21, 2016 Ford Amphitheater, Coney Island, New York, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Luis Hinojosa by TKO in Round 4 of 10

Win vs Jonathan Arrellano 16-6-2

Feb 27, 2016 Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Jonathan Arrellano by UD in Round 6 of 6

WIN vs Rico Ramos 30-6-0

Jul 25, 2015 Palms Casino and Resort, Pearl Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Rico Ramos LOSES to Claudio Marrero by KO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Orlando Rizo 18-5-0

Feb 20, 2015 CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Orlando Rizo by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Ira Terry 26-12-0

Nov 21, 2014 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Ira Terry by TKO in Round 6 of 10

Win vs Felix Perez 8-6-0

Aug 08, 2014 CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Felix Perez by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Jose Angel Beranza 36-28-2

Feb 22, 2014 Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Jose Angel Beranza by UD in Round 8 of 8

Loss vs Jesus Andres Cuellar 29-4-0

Aug 23, 2013 Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA

Claudio Marrero LOSES to Jesus Andres Cuellar by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Mauricio Martinez 36-13-1

Nov 30, 2012 BB&t Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Mauricio Martinez by TKO in Round 4 of 10

Win vs Juan Jose Beltran 26-19-3

Jul 21, 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Juan Jose Beltran by TKO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Emmanuel Lucero 26-9-1

May 18, 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Emmanuel Lucero by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Gerardo Zayas 19-18-2

Mar 02, 2012 Westin Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Gerardo Zayas by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Francis Ruiz 9-5-0

Jan 07, 2012 Westin Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Francis Ruiz by TKO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Charles E Jones 3-9-0

Dec 03, 2011 Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Charles E Jones by TKO in Round 3 of 6

Win vs Ambiorix Ciriaco 1-14-0

Sep 05, 2011 Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Claudio Marrero WINS against Ambiorix Ciriaco by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Hipolito Rivera 1-2-0

Apr 23, 2011 Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, Miami, Florida, USA

Claudio Marrero WINS against Hipolito Rivera by TKO in Round 4 of 6

Win vs David Reyes 3-0-1

Mar 04, 2011 Casino Pharaohs, Managua, Nicaragua

Claudio Marrero WINS against David Reyes by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Jin Kelly 3-17-1

Nov 29, 2010 Coliseo Pepe Mayen, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

Claudio Marrero WINS against Jin Kelly by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Miguelo Tavarez 0-4-0

Nov 20, 2010 Sosua Bay Grand Casino, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Claudio Marrero WINS against Miguelo Tavarez by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Dionisio Rodriguez 0-20-0

Oct 16, 2010 Polideportivo, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic

Claudio Marrero WINS against Dionisio Rodriguez by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Junior Rodriguez 0-3-0

Oct 09, 2010 La Vega, Dominican Republic

Claudio Marrero WINS against Junior Rodriguez by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Juan Carlos Rosario 5-9-0

Sep 18, 2010 Coliseo Carlos 'Teo' Cruz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Claudio Marrero WINS against Juan Carlos Rosario by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

Claudio Marrero “The Matrix”

  • WINS 24
  • LOSSES 5
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 17

Weight 130.75 lbs (59.09 kg)

Height 5'" (1.69 m)

Reach 68" (173 cm)

  • Born

    March 06, 1989
  • Age

    31
  • Country

    Dominican Republic
  • Born in

    Santo Domingo
  • Trains in

    Santo Domingo
  • Stance

    Southpaw
  • Rounds Boxed

    149
  • KO Percentage

    58.62%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Claudio Marrero Bio

In The Name Of The Father

As a youngster growing up in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Claudio Marrero Jr. enjoyed watching boxing videos alongside his father, Claudio Sr.. 

“My Dad was my biggest influence on keeping me out of trouble. My Dad thought boxing would keep me off the streets where 9 out of 10 kids in my country end up dead or in jail,” said Marrero. 

“As a child, my Dad and I would watch fights. My favorite fighter is Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker. Around 8-years old I started boxing. My Dad trained me early on as an amateur. That’s where I developed my fundamentals.”

A left-handed boxer-puncher who went 260-12 as an amateur, Marrero won a silver medal in the 2007 Pan American Games and was within a victory of qualifying for the 2008 Olympics, losing to Yankiel Leon of Cuba. Marrero also competed in the 2007 AIBA World Championships and 2009 AIBA World Boxing Championships

“The journey to come to America started in January of 2010, when my manager/trainer, Herman Caicedo, came to the D.R. to scout Juan Carlos Payano and myself,” said Marrero. 

“We met and he promised to work hard on our behalf and look out for us. [Caicedo] took us on as his kids and treated us like his own children, not just fighters.”  

Marrero soon earned the nickname, “The Matrix,” from Caicedo “for his ability to box, move and avoid punches,” according to his former strength and conditioning coach, Nelson Rodriguez. 

“The Matrix” won his initial five professional bouts by first round stoppage ranging from 126 to 128 pounds in the final three months of 2010 over Juan Carlos Rosario (September), Junior Rodriguez and Dionisio Rodriguez (separated by seven days in October) and Miguelo Tavarez and Jin Kelly (separated by nine days in November).

Marrero’s power-punching display continued in 2011, where a four-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten David Reyes (March) preceded fourth-, second- and third-round TKOs over Hipolito Rivera (April), Ambiorix Ciriaco (September) and Charles E. Jones (December).

The year 2012 brought five more victories as Marrero rose to 14-0 (11 KOs), his career-high back-to-back 10-round unanimous decisions over Gerardo Zayas (March) and Emmanuel Lucero (May) following a second-round TKO of Francis Ruiz (January) and preceding those in the third and fourth rounds over Juan Jose Beltran (July) and Mauricio Martinez (November).

Zambrano vs Marrero: April 29, 2017 (PBC on FS1)

Setbacks Sandwich Monster Comeback

Marrero was floored in the sixth of a 12-round unanimous decision loss in August 2013 for the WBA’s vacant interim featherweight title and a clash of southpaws with Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar, who improved to 23-1 (18 KOs).

But Marrero stormed back with eight straight wins (five by knockout) over the next four years starting in 2014, including a 90-second stoppage Carlos Zambrano which earned him the WBA’s interim title in April 2017 before he was dethroned via seventh-round stoppage by Jesus Rojas in that September. 

Zambrano entered at 26-0 (11 KOs), and Rojas rose to 26-1-2 (19 KOs), having trailed on the cards against Marrero. 

Marrero’s run included an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza (February 2014) followed by second- and sixth-round TKOs of Felix Perez and Ira Terry in August and November of that year, and, in 2015, an eight-round unanimous decision over Orlando Rizo (February) followed by a one-knockdown, third-round KO of former world champion Rico Ramos (July).

In 2016 Marrero earned a one-knockdown, six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Arrellano (February) and a five-knockdown fourth-round TKO of Luis Hinojosa (August) before handling Zambrano. 

Ramirez vs Marrero: January 29, 2019 (PBC on SHOWTIME)

‘The Biggest Fight Of My Life’

Marrero went 2-1 over his next three bouts, winning a clash of southpaws by 33-second stoppage over previously undefeated Jorge Lara in April 2018, falling by unanimous decision to unbeaten 2012 Mongolian silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar in January 2019 and winning by 12-round unanimous decision over former title challenger Eduardo Ramirez that June. 

Marrero stopped Lara with a chin-jolting, hybrid left cross-uppercut, leaving him in fetal position on his left side, dropping him to 29-1-2 (21 KOs), and ending his quest for his 10th stoppage in 12 fights and his seventh inside three rounds during that time. 

Lara had battled Rojas to a six-round technical draw in September 2015 and owned a four-knockdown, 95-second knockout of Mexican former three-division champ Fernando Montiel (April 2016).

Marrero fell by eighth-round corner stoppage in February to once-beaten, former title challenger Kid Galahad, who improve to 27-1 (16 KOs), but has a shot at redemption on October 10th against 22-year-old Xavier Martinez (15-0, 11 KOs), who will be after his eighth straight stoppage victory.

“The loss to Kid Galahad is already behind me, and after being at 126 pounds for so long, I’ve gained weight and should be more comfortable and better for that. Martinez is a good fighter, and I never care whether or not I’m an underdog in a fight, but I plan to show him that he’s not on my level. I’m going to come more prepared, mentally and physically, than ever,” said Marrero.

Marrero and Martinez would square off on October 24, 2020. Martinez survived two knockdowns to win a unanimous decision in a WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator. After 12 rounds, all three judges scored the fight for Martinez, by scores of 115-111 and 114-112 twice. 

The fight featured ebbs and flows, with each man seemingly in control at different times throughout. Sacramento’s Martinez flashed impressive combination punching, punctuating many attacks with a left hook that slowly closed Marrero’s right eye. Representing his native Dominican Republic, Marrero actually held the statistical edge in the fight, out landing Martinez 161 to 128.

Marrero seemed to change the tide of the fight in round eight, landing a powerful right hook to the head that dropped Martinez in the first minute of the frame. Marrero followed up with a flurry finished off by a right hook that again dropped Martinez. Despite the two knockdowns, Martinez was able to survive the rest of the round and avoid the hard-charging Marrero.

Although he was fighting past the eighth round for the first time in his career, Martinez was able to regain his momentum through the championship rounds to clinch the victory.

“I feel like it was a bad decision,” said Marrero. “I don’t think the judges took into account all the hard work I did in the ring. I wouldn’t do anything different if I fought him again. I would fight the same way. I fought smart and I put pressure on him. He hits hard, but I recovered quickly. I felt like I won the fight.”