Marvin Cordova, Jr.
Former GBU Light Welterweight Youth Champion, Former WBC Youth Light Welterweight Champion, World ranked contender by the NABF and WBC
Born: January 17, 1985, Rocky Ford, Colorado
Record: 21-1-1, 11 KO’s
World ranked welterweight prospect Marvin Cordova Jr. has certainly made some waves since turning pro back in August of 2004 when he stopped undefeated Luciano Silva in four rounds. Following that impressive debut, he continued to impress with a trio of victories against lesser known opponents. Cordova then fought on the undercard of an ESPN televised show in Denver Colorado, stopping the normally durable club fighter Marlon Leslie in the second round the following August to improve his record to 5-0. It was enough to cause promoters and boxing insiders to take note, and by the end of the year he began working with promoter Zeferino Ramirez, who has kept the young prospect active and helped him garner several regional championships over the next several years. That December, Cordova won the GBU Youth light welterweight champion when he destroyed journeyman Corey Alarcon in the opening round. Alarcon was certainly not a world beater, but he was only a few months removed from a DQ win over contender Victor Ortiz (a highly controversial win where he was stopped due to an illegal punch).
By 2006 it was looking like boxing was ready to embrace its newest prospect as Cordova took out such fighters as undefeated Scott Ball (7-0) in February of 2006 and Canadian journeyman Darelle Sukerow in July. The Sukerow fight was an ESPN televised affair which saw the normally durable Canadian felled in the opening round.
Then came Cordova’s first big test. In January of 2007 he took on fellow prospect Victor Ortiz in a Showtime televised fight. Ortiz was widely regarded by most boxing insiders as a future world champion and one of the best prospects in the world. But for one round it looked like he might just be in for more than he planned for as Cordova boxed effectively, arguably winning the round. Unfortunately a cut caused the fight to be terminated after the opening round, rendering the fight a technical draw. But Although Cordova didn’t get a chance to show a lot, he did leave boxing fans with just enough of a taste to recognize he was a world class prospect in his own right. The following April he won the WBC Youth light Welterweight title with a knockout over Mexican Javier Carmona, and in January of the following year he scored a lopsided decision over veteran Roberto Valenzuela in Missouri. August of 2008 saw Cordova take on his toughest foe to date: fellow prospect Derrick Samuels, at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Samuels gave Cordova all he could handle, but the speed and skill of Cordova carried the day as he emerged victorious after ten rounds by way of a split decision.
By May of 2009 the stage was set for Cordova to break into the top ten. But first he had to get past Pilipino contender Dennis Laurente, who had the edge in experience with a 30-3-5 record. Cordova dominated the fight early, but the veteran eventually wore the younger man down, capturing the later rounds and the close decision.
It would have been easy for Cordova to take a safe comeback fight on August 29th in Cleveland. But he has elected to face fellow prospect Ernest Johnson in a fight that some insiders felt was a “pick ‘em” fight. But Cordova looked all the part a contender as he won a hard fought eight round decision over Johnson.
Corodva is now slated to fight fellow prospect Tim Coleman (16-1, 4 KO’s) on the televised undercard of the Latin Invasion 2 PPV card from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso Texas. A win would almost certainly put young Cordova back in the world rankings, something that is not lost on Cordova or his promoter Zef Ramirez.
“I have been impressed with Marvin’s development,” commented Ramirez, who is promoting the Latin Invasion 2 card in association with Golden Boy Promotions, “but I know he will be in for the fight of his life on October 30th. Make no mistake, Coleman is no slouch.”