Miguel Vázquez

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Miguel Ángel Vázquez Bautista (born 6 January 1987) is a Mexican professional boxer who held the IBF lightweight title from 2010 to 2014.

Miguel Vázquez
Statistics
Real nameMiguel Ángel Vázquez Bautista
Nickname(s)El Títere ("The Puppet")
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
NationalityMexican
Born (1987-01-06) 6 January 1987 (age 33)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights51
Wins42
Wins by KO16
Losses9

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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."[1] 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.[2] 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.[3][4]

Lightweight title reignEdit

On 14 August 2010, Vázquez fought Ji-Hoon Kim for the vacant IBF lightweight title.[5] Vázquez beat Kim by unanimous decision to win the world title.[6] His first successful title defense was against Ricardo Dominguez on 27 November 2010. Vázquez won the fight with another wide unanimous decision[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11][12][13][14]

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.[15][16][17]

Later careerEdit

Vázquez bounced back with a wide unanimous decision win over Jerry Belmontes.[18] However, in October 2015 he suffered another setback, losing another controversial decision to Argenis Mendez.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
51 fights 42 wins 9 losses
By knockout 16 2
By decision 26 7
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2008/10/18/index.php?section=deportes&article=a16n2dep
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  4. ^ "Miguel Vazquez Upsets Breidis Prescott Over Ten - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
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  10. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1438171-miguel-vazquez-vs-mercito-gesta-round-by-round-highlights-and-recap
  11. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/queensberry-rules-boxing-blog/2013/oct/09/ranking-boxings-allegedly-boring-fighters
  12. ^ https://www.sbnation.com/2012/12/8/3745570/pacquiao-vs-marquez-results-miguel-vazquez-wins-lopsided-decision
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  14. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/zou-shiming-wins-by-tko-vazquez-decisions-shafikov--74926
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  16. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/news/bey-upsets-vazquez-win-lightweight-title-041419462--box.html
  17. ^ https://www.sbnation.com/2014/9/13/6146119/mayweather-vs-maidana-2-results-mickey-bey-gets-split-decision-win
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  19. ^ https://www.badlefthook.com/2015/10/6/9468541/pbc-on-fs1-jose-uzcategui-crushes-julius-jackson-argenis-mendez-slips
  20. ^ https://www.badlefthook.com/2017/9/20/16338882/josh-taylor-vs-miguel-vazquez-set-for-november-11
  21. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/josh-taylor-knocks-out-miguel-vazquez-results--122352

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Damian Frias
WBC FECARBOX
light welterweight champion

5 June 2008 – October 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Oscar Maximiliano James
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Nate Campbell
IBF lightweight champion
14 August 2010 – 13 September 2014
Succeeded by
Mickey Bey