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Vazquez Defends IBF Lightweight Belt on Saturday Night

Newly-minted IBF lightweight champion, Miguel “Titere” Vazquez is part of a double world championship fight card this Saturday night in Tijuana, along with his stablemate, The Ring magazine, WBA and WBO flyweight champion Giovani Segura.


Vazquez, whose only losses came at the hands of Saul Alvarez, in his first fight via split decision back in 2006, to Timothy Bradley in 2007 and again to Alvarez in 2008 (all via decision) went on to drop down to the lightweight ranks, finding his stride under Javier Capetillo (who also manages him, although some sources have wrongly claimed that Antonio Margarito did), notching five straight wins. His most notable fights were an eye-opening, high-octane fight against Breidis Prescott (who, of course knocked out Amir Khan) winning via split decision, while taking the vacant IBF lightweight belt, and pitching a near shut-out over power-hitter Ji Hoon Kim this past August at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.


Vazquez, not a KO artist by any means, as attested by his 12 KOs in his 26 wins, is a very busy, long-range, jab-happy specialist- with a good chin.

The titleholder faces the tough Argentinean Ricardo Dominguez, 32-6-2 (20), for his title, while his friend Segura will face Manuel “Chango” Vargas in a ten-round, non-title bout.


“Dominguez is a strong fighter; I seen him on tape; I just finished up the hard part of training, will just work on maintaining weight and remaining loose and sharp the rest of the week. We should be in Tijuana by Thursday,” commented Vazquez, this past Sunday.


“I had a very good rest after winning the fight and I’m happy with finishing up the year, getting another fight under my belt. Seeing Dominguez, the fight could easily go the distance but I think I’m capable enough and have the skills to stop him somewhere around the eighth round.” said the confident, yet down-to-Earth champion.


When asked about future plans, Vazquez responded, “Well, first things first but I know that I have a mandatory after this fight, against Lenny ‘Zappa’.


“I know Zappa is strong, comes straight forward and can punch but I think I’m quicker than he is and I can take a punch.”


“Zappa,” also known by his real name, Leonardo Zappavigna, who is from Italian descent but lives in Australia, sports a record of 27-0 (17) and won the right to fight Vazquez in October by blowing out the same Ji Hoon Kim, whom Vazquez decisioned, in one round.


TheRevolución Total en Tijuana” entitled fight card is presented by Zanfer Boxing Promotions and televised through TV AZTECA.

The Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana will host the fight, with tickets going for $65 dollars at ringside, $45 floor and $25 and $12 for general admission (prices will vary slightly depending on the current exchange rate).


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