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Tony Marshall (right) will celebrate his 50th birth anniversary on October 20.
Tony Marshall (right) will celebrate his 50th birth anniversary on October 20.

USA-BASED Guyanese Tony Marshall won a Unanimous Points-decision over Texan Steve Martinez on September 30, 1997. The victory allowed Marshall to win the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) title.

Marshall, a junior middleweight (super welterweight) had won almost every round in the contest with Judge Elmo Adolph scoring it 118-110 while C.D. Jenkins and Gary Ritter saw the fight 120-110 and 120-107 respectively. The orthodox boxer left Guyana as a boy and lived in Albany, New York.

He turned pro in April 1991 and won a Unanimous Decision against Donald Wallace in his first fight. Marshall returned home in 1995 to provide glove work for Anthony `The Pearl’ Andrews, who was preparing for a world title clash against Jorge Castro.

Marshall made two unsuccessful challenges for world titles. The first occurred in November 1994 when `The Tiger’ tackled Argentine Julio Cesar Vasquez for the World Boxing Association (WBA) version of the crown. After 12 rounds Vasquez was adjudged the winner via Unanimous Decision. Marshall’s second attempt ended in similar manner.

The Guyanese travelled to Madrid, Spain in July 2000 to do battle with World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Javier Castillejo.  He last fought in October 2005. Marshall will turn 50 on October 20.

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