|Real name||Israel Vázquez Castañeda|
|Rated at||Super bantamweight|
|Height||5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)|
December 25, 1977 |
Mexico City, Mexico
|Wins by KO||32|
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.
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.
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 Hernandez (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
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.
On December 18, 2008, Vázquez was stripped of his WBC Super Bantamweight Championship 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.
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. 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. 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".
Professional boxing record
|44 Wins (32 knockouts, 12 decisions), 5 Losses (4 by knockout, 1 by decision), 0 Draws |
|Loss||Rafael Marquez||KO||3 (12)||2010-05-22||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States||vacant WBC Silver Super Bantamweight World Title match.|
|Win||Angel Antonio Priolo||KO||9 (10)||2009-10-10||Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||Rafael Marquez||SD||12 (12)||2008-03-01||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States||Retained WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (2008)
|Win||Rafael Marquez||TKO||6 (12)||2007-08-04||Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, United States||Won WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (2007)
|Loss||Rafael Marquez||RTD||7 (12)||2007-03-03||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States||Lost WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.|
|Win||Jhonny Gonzalez||TKO||10 (12)||2006-09-16||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.|
|Win||Ivan Hernández||RTD||9 (12)||2006-06-10||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Retained WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.|
|Win||Oscar Larios||TKO||3 (12)||2005-12-03||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won WBC and vacant The Ring Super Bantamweight World Titles.|
|Win||Armando Guerrero||UD||12 (12)||2005-05-31||Ho Chunk Sports Center, Lynwood, Illinois, United States||Retained IBF Super Bantamweight Title.|
|Win||Artyom Simonyan||TKO||5 (12)||2004-12-28||Sycuan Resort & Casino, El Cajon, California, United States||Retained IBF Super Bantamweight Title.|
|Win||José Luis Valbuena||TKO||12 (12)||2004-03-25||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States||Won vacant IBF Super Bantamweight World Title.|
|Win||Trinidad Mendoza||TKO||7 (10)||2003-09-19||Centennial Garden Arena, Bakersfield, California, United States|
|Win||Jorge Eliecer Julio||TKO||10 (10)||2003-05-22||SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Win||Justo Almazan||UD||8 (8)||2002-09-26||Holiday Inn, National City, California, United States|
|Loss||Oscar Larios||TKO||12 (12)||2002-05-17||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, United States||interim WBC Super Bantamweight World Title match.|
|Win||Osvaldo Guerrero||UD||10 (10)||2002-02-22||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, United States|
|Win||Felipe Ramirez||KO||5 (8)||2001-10-25||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States|
|Win||Ever Beleno||KO||2 (12)||2001-05-19||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States||Retained NABF Super Bantamweight World Title.|
|Win||Don Don Concepcion||TKO||3 (12)||2001-01-07||Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Title.|
|Win||Eddie Saenz||KO||2(10)||2000-10-27||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, United States|
|Win||Javier Varguez||KO||3 (10)||2000-08-17||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Amador Vasquez||KO||2 (10)||2000-07-29||Caesars Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States|
|Win||Eddie Saenz||KO||3 (12)||2000-05-06||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States||Won IBA Continental Super Bantamweight Title.|
|Win||Héctor Velázquez||SD||10 (10)||2000-02-04||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States|
|Win||Edel Ruiz||UD||8 (8)||2000-01-07||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||Adarryl Johnson||MD||6 (6)||1999-10-03||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States|
|Win||Nelson Ramon Medina||KO||7 (10)||1999-08-09||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||Marcos Licona||SD||12 (12)||1999-03-27||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||vacant WBO NABO Super Bantamweight World Title match.|
|Win||Agustin Lorenzo||TKO||8 (10)||1998-11-30||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Frank Lizarraga||UD||6 (6)||1998-10-22||Scottish Rite Center, San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||Juan Manuel Chavez||UD||10 (10)||1998-08-10||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Oscar Javier Garcia||TKO||4 (?)||1998-06-08||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Antonio Ramirez||UD||6 (6)||1998-03-15||El Cajon, California, United States|
|Win||Saul Briseno||TD||8 (?)||1998-02-21||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||Enrique Angeles||TKO||9 (?)||1997-08-30||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||Marcello Nava||TKO||4 (?)||1997-06-14||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||Oscar Larios||KO||1 (10)||1997-04-12||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||Erik Lopez||TKO||3 (?)||1997-03-29||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||Abraham Barrientos||TKO||5 (?)||1996-11-30||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Loss||Ulises Flores||TKO||1 (10)||1996-10-05||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||Saul Briseno||TKO||3 (?)||1996-09-07||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||Enrique Martinez||TKO||1 (?)||1996-05-03||Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico|
|Win||Joel Nolasco||KO||2 (?)||1996-04-19||Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico|
|Win||Cecilio Marino Jimenez||KO||7 (?)||1996-03-08||Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico|
|Win||Alejandro Pantaleon||KO||3 (?)||1996-02-16||Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico|
|Win||Raul Gonzales||DQ||4 (?)||1995-09-06||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Intentional Headbutt.|
|Win||Jesus Romero||TKO||1 (?)||1995-06-21||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||Sergio Lopez||KO||(?)||1995-04-19||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||Eduardo Rosas||TKO||1 (?)||1995-03-29||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Professional boxing debut at Bantamweight division.|
- Boxing News: Israel Vazquez, Rafael Marquez, Gary Shaw, Ken Hershman and More Speak
- ESPN - Notebook: It's trilogy time - Boxing
- Associated Press (January 3, 2009). "Nishioka keeps super bantamweight title". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- http://sports.sho.com/boxing/events/vazquez-marquez-may-22-2010.html Showtime Sports
- Vester, Mark (May 22, 2010). "Rafael Marquez Destroys Israel Vasquez in Three Rounds". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Donovan, Jake (May 23, 2010). "Marquez Evens The Score; Perez-Mares Fight To A Draw". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "Vazquez-Marquez IV nothing like I, II or III". The Ring. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- Israel Vázquez's Professional Boxing Record – BoxRec.com
- Israel Vázquez Fight-by-Fight Career Record
- Professional boxing record for Israel Vázquez from BoxRec
Title last held byManny Pacquiao
|IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
March 25, 2004 – March 19, 2006
Title next held bySteve Molitor
|WBC Super Bantamweight Champion
December 3, 2005 – March 3, 2007
Title last held byPaulie Ayala
|The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion
December 3, 2005 – March 3, 2007
|WBC Super Bantamweight Champion
August 4, 2007 – December 18, 2008
Interim Champion Promoted
|The Ring Junior Featherweight Champion
August 4, 2007 – May 28, 2009
Title next held byNonito Donaire