Claudio Marrero waited 3½ years for a second world title opportunity. He needed all of 90 seconds to make the most of it.
Years ago, a legend of the ring coined a phrase that gradually morphed into a cliché that nowadays rolls off the tongue of athletes in every sport. “To be the man,” pro wrestling icon Ric Flair once said, “you’ve got to beat the man.”
An injury to 200-pound champion Beibut Shumenov is putting an interim 126-pound title bout on a bigger stage.