Unbeaten Alexandru Marin returns on Nov. 4, title shot on horizon

Bethesda resident Alexandru Marin will return to the ring against an opponent to be determined on Nov. 4 at the Silver Eagle Arena in Ashburn, Va., said Bruce Babashan, the fighter’s trainer.

A native of Romania who went 150-10 and twice won national titles as an amateur, Marin (14-0, 10 knockouts) was last in action on Aug. 12 at the Masonic Temple in Norfolk, Va., weighing 118 pounds (bantamweight) for a second-round technical knockout victory over 122-pound junior featherweight and former two-time champion Juan Palacios of Nicaragua.

Marin, 25, fought at the sold-out MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill in May, when he shut out German Meraz over six rounds, but will pursue a world championship as a junior bantamweight (115 pounds). Marin’s run of four straight knockouts ended against Meraz.

“Palacios is a former champion and we stopped him pretty easily. The goal is to make Alex the mandatory challenger for the (115-pound) title,” said Babashan, who trains Marin at the Rockville-based Champion’s Boxing & Fitness.

“Being a small weight class, there isn’t a dense population of fighters who fit the criteria. Many of them are in [other countries) and the visa process can be expensive and takes six or seven weeks. We’ve submitted some names, and we’ll see what comes back this week.”

In the meantime, Marin has logged sparring time with 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson, who is 3-0 with one knockout as a 126-pound featherweight. Other sparring partners include 130-pound junior lightweight Lamont Roach (14-0, 5 KOs) and 135-pound lightweight Kevin Rivers (14-1, 10 KOs).

“I felt great scoring the knockout. I feel strong. I’m running five or six miles a day, plus I’m working really hard in the gym,” said Marin, who lives with his wife Anca, and 5-year-old daughter Beatrice.

“I’m getting great sparring with Lamont Roach and Shakur Stevenson. They’re bigger guys, but it’s good for me as a man fighting at 115. I’m ready for this next fight, and hopefully, I’ll be getting a title shot next year. This is my dream.” 


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