|Real name||Miguel Ángel Vázquez Bautista|
|Nickname(s)||El Títere ("The Puppet")|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Born||6 January 1987|
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
|Wins by KO||16|
Vázquez made his professional debut on 20 January 2006 against Canelo Álvarez (who was just fifteen years old at the time) in a welterweight bout, losing a four-round split decision. He won his next eighteen bouts before losing a unanimous decision to Timothy Bradley on 27 July 2007, in a bout for the WBC Youth super lightweight title. Bradley would go on to say "I knew the fight was going to be tough—he's Mexican. I give him a lot of credit. He's a good fighter." On June 2008, Vázquez claimed the WBC FECARBOX light welterweight title, defeating veteran Aldo Valtierra by technical knockout after eleven rounds. The local commission later came under criticism by a ringside doctor, as the fight was too one-sided and risked the wellbeing of Valtierra. A rematch against Álvarez was fought on 28 June 2008, this time at light middleweight, in which Vázquez lost a ten-round unanimous decision.
On 17 July 2009, Vázquez won a ten-round split decision over then-undefeated world-ranked prospect Breidis Prescott. Prescott scored a knockdown early on but as the fight went, Vázquez accumulated rounds with his sharper boxing and ultimately got the nod over Prescott.
Lightweight title reignEdit
On 14 August 2010, Vázquez fought Ji-Hoon Kim for the vacant IBF lightweight title. Vázquez beat Kim by unanimous decision to win the world title. His first successful title defense was against Ricardo Dominguez on 27 November 2010. Vázquez won the fight with another wide unanimous decision Vázquez made a second successful defense on 12 March 2011 against then-undefeated Leonardo Zappavigna, defeating him by a wide margin over the twelve-round distance. During the fight, Zappavigna landed a solid overhand right to the champion early, but Vázquez responded by opening up a cut over the challenger's left eye and outboxing him for most of the fight.
Vázquez made his third defense against Ammeth Díaz, scoring a knockdown in round 6 en route to another wide decision win. Vázquez headlined a show on HBO for the first, defeating Marvin Quintero via split decision. Vázquez notched a fifth successful defense against Mercito Gesta, whom he defeated by unanimous decision on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez IV. In February 2014, Vázquez decisioned Denis Shafikov on Macau.
During his title reign, Vázquez often was criticised for being a boring fighter, as he focused on controlling the distance and keeping opponents at bay through his footwork and jab, as well as employing "dirty" tactics like headbutts and excessive clinching to outmaneuver his opponents.
On 13 September 2014, Vázquez faced Mickey Bey on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana II. Vázquez lost the IBF title in a split decisio, being defeated for the first time since 2008. The judges' scorecards were 119–109 and 115–113 for Bey, and 115-113 for Vázquez. Many ringside observers felt Vázquez had won the fight and criticized the decision, especially the 119–109 by Robert Hoyle.
Vázquez bounced back with a wide unanimous decision win over Jerry Belmontes. However, in October 2015 he suffered another setback, losing another controversial decision to Argenis Mendez. Vázquez won his next four fights against outmatched journeymen. In September 2017, it was announced that Vázquez would face Josh Taylor for the WBC Silver light welterweight title at the Royal Highland Centre on 11 November. Although Vázquez's style seem to pose problems for Taylor early on, Taylor wore him down as the fight went on. Vázquez went down in round 9 from body shots, and he failed to beat the count. This was Vázquez's first stoppage loss.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|51 fights||42 wins||9 losses|
|52||N/A||N/A||Lewis Ritson||N/A||– (12)||4 Apr 2020||Utilita Arena, Newcastle, England|
|51||Win||42–9||Jesus Velasco||TKO||5 (6)||28 Dec 2019||Auditorio Chalchocoyo, Matlapa, Mexico|
|50||Loss||41–9||Batyrzhan Jukembayev||UD||10||26 Sep 2019||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||For vacant WBA Continental and IBF Inter-Continental light welterweight titles|
|49||Loss||41–8||Ohara Davies||PTS||10||28 Jun 2019||York Hall, London, England|
|48||Win||41–7||Ghislain Maduma||SD||10||16 Mar 2019||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|47||Loss||40–7||Thulani Mbenge||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||8 Dec 2018||Emperor's Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa|
|46||Win||40–6||Cosme Rivera||UD||10||13 Apr 2018||Parque Revolucion, Culiacán, Mexico|
|45||Loss||39–6||Josh Taylor||KO||9 (12), 2:30||11 Nov 2017||Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland||For WBC Silver light welterweight title|
|44||Win||39–5||Jose Daniel Ruiz||KO||4 (10), 2:09||2 Sep 2017||Tlaquepaque, Mexico|
|43||Win||38–5||Javier Mercado||UD||8||1 Jul 2017||Arena Óscar Larios, Tonalá, Mexico|
|42||Win||37–5||Armando Patino||KO||2 (8), 2:32||29 Apr 2017||Coliseo, La Barca, Mexico|
|41||Win||36–5||Erick Bone||UD||10||28 May 2016||Cowboys Dancehall, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|40||Loss||35–5||Argenis Mendez||UD||10||6 Oct 2015||Cowboys Dancehall, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|39||Win||35–4||Jerry Belmontes||UD||10||13 Mar 2015||Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S.|
|38||Loss||34–4||Mickey Bey||SD||12||13 Sep 2014||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost IBF lightweight title|
|37||Win||34–3||Denis Shafikov||UD||12||22 Feb 2014||Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR||Retained IBF lightweight title|
|36||Win||33–3||Mercito Gesta||UD||12||8 Dec 2012||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF lightweight title|
|35||Win||32–3||Marvin Quintero||SD||12||27 Oct 2012||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.||Retained IBF lightweight title|
|34||Win||31–3||Daniel Attah||UD||10||16 Jun 2012||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
|33||Win||30–3||Ammeth Diaz||UD||12||21 Jan 2012||Coliseo Olímpico, Guadalajara, Jalisco||Retained IBF lightweight title|
|32||Win||29–3||Marlon Aguilar||KO||2 (10), 1:46||18 Jun 2011||Musica Hall, Toluca, Mexico|
|31||Win||28–3||Leonardo Zappavigna||UD||12||12 Mar 2011||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF lightweight title|
|30||Win||27–3||Ricardo Dominguez||UD||12||27 Nov 2010||Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico||Retained IBF lightweight title|
|29||Win||26–3||Kim Ji-hoon||UD||12||14 Aug 2010||Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant IBF lightweight title|
|28||Win||25–3||Breidis Prescott||SD||10||17 Jul 2009||Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|27||Win||24–3||Antonio Valencia||TKO||3 (4), 2:00||28 Feb 2009||Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Mexico|
|26||Win||23–3||Manuel Bocanegra||TKO||3 (8), 2:34||19 Dec 2008||National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|25||Win||22–3||Rodrigo Juarez||UD||8||4 Oct 2008||Expo Forum, Hermosillo, Mexico|
|24||Loss||21–3||Canelo Álvarez||UD||10||28 Jun 2008||Palenque Calle 2, Zapopan, Mexico|
|23||Win||21–2||Aldo Valtierra||TKO||11 (12), 2:31||5 Jun 2008||Roots Magic Club, Mexico City, Mexico||Won vacant WBC FECARBOX light welterweight title|
|22||Win||20–2||Jorge Ortiz||UD||8||2 May 2008||Pharaoh's Casino, Managua, Nicaragua|
|21||Win||19–2||Francisco Villanueva||UD||12||23 Nov 2007||Coliseo Olímpico, Guadalajara, Mexico||Won vacant Jalisco light welterweight title|
|20||Loss||18–2||Timothy Bradley||UD||10||27 Jul 2007||Omega Products International, Corona, California, U.S.||For WBC Youth light welterweight title|
|19||Win||18–1||Reyes Sanchez||UD||8||24 May 2007||Salon 21, Mexico City, Mexico|
|18||Win||17–1||Juventino Barrera||UD||12||30 Mar 2007||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico||Won vacant Jalisco welterweight title|
|17||Win||16–1||Marco Nazareth||KO||2 (6)||16 Mar 2007||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|16||Win||15–1||Victor Marquez||KO||4 (10)||16 Feb 2007||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|15||Win||14–1||Mario Alberto Altamirano Becerra||KO||4 (6), 2:00||2 Feb 2007||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|14||Win||13–1||Juan Cario||KO||1 (8)||19 Jan 2007||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|13||Win||12–1||Juan Jose Garcia||TKO||2 (8)||8 Dec 2006||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|12||Win||11–1||Juan Avila||UD||8||24 Nov 2006||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|11||Win||10–1||Javier Zavala||KO||1 (6)||10 Nov 2006||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|10||Win||9–1||Francisco Villanueva||TKO||4 (6)||27 Oct 2006||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|9||Win||8–1||Azael Gonzalez||UD||6||13 Oct 2006||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|8||Win||7–1||Luis Romero||KO||1 (6), 2:47||29 Sep 2006||Tonalá, Mexico|
|7||Win||6–1||Leonardo Perez||KO||1 (6)||15 Sep 2006||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|6||Win||5–1||Baltazar Molina||UD||6||18 Aug 2006||Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|5||Win||4–1||Alfonso Enrique||UD||4||6 Jul 2006||Salon 21, Mexico City, Mexico|
|4||Win||3–1||Irving Sidarta||UD||4||1 Jun 2006||Salon 21, Mexico City, Mexico|
|3||Win||2–1||Javier Prieto||UD||4||4 May 2006||Salon 21, Mexico City, Mexico|
|2||Win||1–1||Christian Juarez||UD||4||23 Mar 2006||Salon 21, Mexico City, Mexico|
|1||Loss||0–1||Canelo Álvarez||SD||4||20 Jan 2006||Guadalajara, Mexico|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byDamian Frias
| WBC FECARBOX
light welterweight champion
5 June 2008 – October 2008
Title next held byOscar Maximiliano James
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byNate Campbell
| IBF lightweight champion
14 August 2010 – 13 September 2014