Israel Vázquez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Vázquez and the second or maternal family name is Castañeda.
Israel Vázquez
Statistics
Real name Israel Vázquez Castañeda
Nickname(s) Magnifico
Rated at Super bantamweight
Height 5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1977-12-25) December 25, 1977 (age 36)
Mexico City, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 49
Wins 44
Wins by KO 32
Losses 5
Draws 0
No contests 0

Israel Vázquez Castañeda (born December 25, 1977 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a former Super Bantamweight (also known as Junior Featherweight) world champion, having held titles at this weight from 2004 to 2008. He is perhaps best known for his series of fights with fellow Mexican Rafael Márquez.

Career[edit]

In 1995, Vázquez made his professional debut in the bantamweight division. He stopped his first nine opponents before suffering a knock out loss himself. Fighting mainly in the US and at junior featherweight, he beat 11 opponents, most notably Óscar Larios (20-0), before losing a split decision to Marcos Licona.

Vázquez scored 12 consecutive victories and in 2002, he met Larios in a rematch. This time, he was outboxed and stopped in the 12th round.

Vázquez rebounded with a stoppage of ex-world title holder Jorge Eliecer Julio and won the vacant IBF Junior Featherweight title against southpaw Jose Luis Valbuena in 2004.

In the first defence of his IBF title he knocked out undefeated Armenian Artyom Simonyan in the 5th round. In 2005, Vázquez opted to fight WBC champion Óscar Larios for a third time with the WBC belt on the line instead of defending his IBF belt. He won the rubber match by technical knockout in the third round — after the fight was stopped due to a large cut over Larios's left eye, thus becoming The Ring's Junior Featherweight world champion.

On June 10, 2006, Vázquez defeated former champion Ivan Hernández (23-1-1). Vázquez defeated the WBO Bantamweight champion Jhonny González on September 16, 2006 in a bout where Vázquez was knocked down twice before coming back to win the match by 10th round TKO.

Vázquez vs Márquez I, II,III, and IV[edit]

In his next bout, on March 3, 2007, Vázquez lost his title to the number one ranked Bantamweight Rafael Márquez. Although Vazquez scored a knockdown in the third round, he retired on his stool at the end of round seven because of breathing problems arising from a broken nose.

However, in a rematch bout on August 4, 2007, Vásquez regained his title. Vásquez, despite suffering cuts over both eyes, scored a knockout in the sixth round in a fight that was named Ring Magazine's fight of the year for 2007. The third round of this fight was also named Ring Magazine round of the year.

He fought Marquez for the third time on March 1, 2008, rising from a fourth round knockdown to prevail by split decision in another great fight. Márquez was deducted one point for low blows in round ten and received an eight count in the final seconds of round twelve. The fight was named 2008's Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine and the fourth round was named Ring Magazine round of the year. The Vázquez vs Márquez trilogy has been widely heralded as one of the best boxing trilogies in recent years.[1][2]

On December 18, 2008, Vázquez was stripped of his WBC Super Bantamweight Championship[3] after not defending the title for a certain period of time due to a detached retina he had suffered during his third fight with Márquez. Japanese fighter Toshiaki Nishioka's WBC Interim title was promoted to actual championship status after his victory over Genaro Garcia. After undergoing three surgeries, Vázquez was medically cleared to resume training on May 15, 2009.[4]

Vázquez fought Marquez for a fourth time on May 22, 2010. The bout took place in the Featherweight division and was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States.[5] The match was appropriately titled "Once and Four All" and carried live by Showtime. Marquez scored a third round TKO victory over Vázquez to even their series at two wins each.[6][7] Afterwards, Marquez stated: "The fifth one could be a possibility if the fans vote for it. That is what I live for. Israel Vázquez is a great fighter." However, it was felt by some observers that the much faded Vázquez should retire. Frank Espinoza, Vázquez's longtime handler, stated that his "career is over".[8]

Professional boxing record[edit]

44 Wins (32 knockouts, 12 decisions), 5 Losses (4 by knockout, 1 by decision), 0 Draws [9]
Res. Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Loss Mexico Rafael Marquez KO 3 (12) 2010-05-22 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States vacant WBC Silver Super Bantamweight World Title match.
Win Colombia Angel Antonio Priolo KO 9 (10) 2009-10-10 United States Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win Mexico Rafael Marquez SD 12 (12) 2008-03-01 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States Retained WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (2008)
Win Mexico Rafael Marquez TKO 6 (12) 2007-08-04 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, United States Won WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (2007)
Loss Mexico Rafael Marquez RTD 7 (12) 2007-03-03 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States Lost WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.
Win Mexico Jhonny Gonzalez TKO 10 (12) 2006-09-16 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.
Win Mexico Ivan Hernández RTD 9 (12) 2006-06-10 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.
Win Mexico Oscar Larios TKO 3 (12) 2005-12-03 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBC and vacant The Ring Super Bantamweight World Titles.
Win Mexico Armando Guerrero UD 12 (12) 2005-05-31 United States Ho Chunk Sports Center, Lynwood, Illinois, United States Retained IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Armenia Artyom Simonyan TKO 5 (12) 2004-12-28 United States Sycuan Resort & Casino, El Cajon, California, United States Retained IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Venezuela José Luis Valbuena TKO 12 (12) 2004-03-25 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Won vacant IBF Super Bantamweight World Title.
Win Mexico Trinidad Mendoza TKO 7 (10) 2003-09-19 United States Centennial Garden Arena, Bakersfield, California, United States
Win Colombia Jorge Eliecer Julio TKO 10 (10) 2003-05-22 United States SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win Mexico Justo Almazan UD 8 (8) 2002-09-26 United States Holiday Inn, National City, California, United States
Loss Mexico Oscar Larios TKO 12 (12) 2002-05-17 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, United States interim WBC Super Bantamweight World Title match.
Win Mexico Osvaldo Guerrero UD 10 (10) 2002-02-22 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, United States
Win Mexico Felipe Ramirez KO 5 (8) 2001-10-25 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
Win Colombia Ever Beleno KO 2 (12) 2001-05-19 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States Retained NABF Super Bantamweight World Title.
Win Philippines Don Don Concepcion TKO 3 (12) 2001-01-07 United States Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Nicaragua Eddie Saenz KO 2(10) 2000-10-27 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, United States
Win Mexico Javier Varguez KO 3 (10) 2000-08-17 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win Panama Amador Vasquez KO 2 (10) 2000-07-29 United States Caesars Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States
Win Nicaragua Eddie Saenz KO 3 (12) 2000-05-06 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States Won IBA Continental Super Bantamweight Title.
Win Mexico Héctor Velázquez SD 10 (10) 2000-02-04 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States
Win Mexico Edel Ruiz UD 8 (8) 2000-01-07 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, United States
Win United States Adarryl Johnson MD 6 (6) 1999-10-03 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States
Win Venezuela Nelson Ramon Medina KO 7 (10) 1999-08-09 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Loss Mexico Marcos Licona SD 12 (12) 1999-03-27 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States vacant WBO NABO Super Bantamweight World Title match.
Win Mexico Agustin Lorenzo TKO 8 (10) 1998-11-30 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win United States Frank Lizarraga UD 6 (6) 1998-10-22 United States Scottish Rite Center, San Diego, California, United States
Win MexicoJuan Manuel Chavez UD 10 (10) 1998-08-10 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win Mexico Oscar Javier Garcia TKO 4 (?) 1998-06-08 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win Puerto Rico Antonio Ramirez UD 6 (6) 1998-03-15 United States El Cajon, California, United States
Win Mexico Saul Briseno TD 8 (?) 1998-02-21 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win Mexico Enrique Angeles TKO 9 (?) 1997-08-30 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win Mexico Marcello Nava TKO 4 (?) 1997-06-14 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win Mexico Oscar Larios KO 1 (10) 1997-04-12 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win MexicoErik Lopez TKO 3 (?) 1997-03-29 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win Mexico Abraham Barrientos TKO 5 (?) 1996-11-30 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Loss Mexico Ulises Flores TKO 1 (10) 1996-10-05 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win MexicoSaul Briseno TKO 3 (?) 1996-09-07 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win Mexico Enrique Martinez TKO 1 (?) 1996-05-03 Mexico Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
Win MexicoJoel Nolasco KO 2 (?) 1996-04-19 MexicoSalina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
Win Mexico Cecilio Marino Jimenez KO 7 (?) 1996-03-08 Mexico Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
Win MexicoAlejandro Pantaleon KO 3 (?) 1996-02-16 Mexico Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
Win Mexico Raul Gonzales DQ 4 (?) 1995-09-06 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Intentional Headbutt.
Win Mexico Jesus Romero TKO 1 (?) 1995-06-21 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win MexicoSergio Lopez KO (?) 1995-04-19 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win Mexico Eduardo Rosas TKO 1 (?) 1995-03-29 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Professional boxing debut at Bantamweight division.

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Manny Pacquiao
IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
March 25, 2004 – March 19, 2006
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Molitor
Preceded by
Óscar Larios
WBC Super Bantamweight Champion
December 3, 2005 – March 3, 2007
Succeeded by
Rafael Márquez
Vacant
Title last held by
Paulie Ayala
The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion
December 3, 2005 – March 3, 2007
Preceded by
Rafael Márquez
WBC Super Bantamweight Champion
August 4, 2007 – December 18, 2008
Stripped
Succeeded by
Toshiaki Nishioka
Interim Champion Promoted
The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion
August 4, 2007 – May 28, 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Nonito Donaire
Awards
Previous:
Somsak Sithchatchawal
KO10 Mahyar Monshipour
The Ring Fight of the Year
KO6 Rafael Márquez

2007
Next:
Juan Manuel Márquez
KO9 Juan Díaz
The Ring Fight of the Year
W12 Rafael Márquez

2008