Israel Vázquez

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Israel Vázquez
Statistics
Real name Israel Vázquez Castañeda
Nickname(s) Magnifico
Rated at
Height 5 ft 4 12 in (164 cm)
Reach 66 12 in (169 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1977-12-25) December 25, 1977 (age 39)
Mexico City, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 49
Wins 44
Wins by KO 32
Losses 5

Israel Vázquez Castañeda (born December 25, 1977) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1995 to 2010. He is a three-time super bantamweight world champion, having held the IBF title from 2004 to 2005; and the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal titles twice from 2005 to 2008. Vázquez is best known for his series of four fights against 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 and Lineal Junior Featherweight champion and ending Lario's streak of nine consecutive title fight victories.[1]

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 docked 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.[2][3]

On December 18, 2008, Vázquez was stripped of his WBC Super Bantamweight Championship[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7][8] 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".[9] The fourth installment of the Vázquez-Marquez rivalry was the last fight of Vázquez' career.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
49 fights 44 wins 5 losses
By knockout 32 4
By decision 11 1
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
49 Loss 45–4 Mexico Rafael Márquez KO 3 (12), 1:33 May 22, 2010 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For vacant WBC Silver featherweight title
48 Win 45–3 Colombia Angel Antonio Priolo KO 9 (10), 2:10 Oct 10, 2009 United States Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
47 Win 44–3 Mexico Rafael Márquez SD 12 Mar 1, 2008 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal super bantamweight titles
46 Win 43–3 Mexico Rafael Márquez TKO 6 (12), 1:16 Aug 4, 2007 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S. Won WBC, The Ring, and lineal super bantamweight titles
45 Loss 42–3 Mexico Rafael Márquez RTD 7 (12), 3:00 Mar 3, 2007 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal super bantamweight titles
44 Win 42–2 Mexico Jhonny González TKO 10 (12), 2:09 Sep 16, 2006 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal super bantamweight titles
43 Win 41–2 Mexico Ivan Hernández RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Jun 10, 2006 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal super bantamweight titles
42 Win 40–2 Mexico Óscar Larios TKO 3 (12), 2:52 Dec 3, 2005 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC, vacant The Ring and lineal super bantamweight titles
41 Win 39–2 Mexico Armando Guerrero UD 12 May 31, 2005 United States Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center, Lynwood, Illinois, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title
40 Win 38–2 Armenia Artyom Simonyan TKO 5 (12), 0:59 Dec 28, 2004 United States Sycuan Casino, El Cajon, California, U.S. Retained IBF super bantamweight title
39 Win 37–2 Venezuela José Luis Valbuena TKO 12 (12), 0:34 Mar 25, 2004 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant IBF super bantamweight title
38 Win 36–2 Mexico Trinidad Mendoza TKO 7 (10), 2:45 Sep 19, 2003 United States Centennial Garden, Bakersfield, California, U.S.
37 Win 35–2 Colombia Jorge Eliécer Julio TKO 10 (10), 1:15 May 22, 2003 United States SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
36 Win 34–2 Mexico Justo Almazan UD 8 Sep 26, 2002 United States Holiday Inn Express, National City, California, U.S.
35 Loss 33–2 Mexico Óscar Larios TKO 12 (12), 1:57 May 17, 2002 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S. For vacant WBC interim super bantamweight title
34 Win 32–2 Mexico Osvaldo Guerrero UD 10 Feb 22, 2002 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.
33 Win 31–2 Mexico Felipe Ramirez KO 5 (8), 0:48 Oct 25, 2001 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.
32 Win 30–2 Colombia Ever Beleno KO 2 (12), 1:49 May 19, 2001 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. Retained NABF super bantamweight title
31 Win 29–2 Philippines Don Don Concepcion TKO 3 (12), 1:31 Jan 7, 2001 United States Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant NABF super bantamweight title
30 Win 28–2 Nicaragua Eddie Saenz KO 2 (10), 2:12 Oct 27, 2000 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.
29 Win 27–2 Mexico Javier Varguez KO 3 (10), 1:54 Aug 17, 2000 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.
28 Win 26–2 Panama Amador Vasquez TKO 2 (10), 1:54 Jul 29, 2000 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
27 Win 25–2 Nicaragua Eddie Saenz KO 3 (12) May 6, 2000 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. Won IBA Continental super bantamweight title
26 Win 24–2 Mexico Héctor Velázquez SD 10 Feb 4, 2000 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
25 Win 23–2 Mexico Edel Ruiz UD 8 Jan 7, 2000 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
24 Win 22–2 United States Adarryl Johnson MD 6 Oct 3, 1999 United States Lady Luck Rhythm & Blues, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.
23 Win 21–2 Venezuela Nelson Ramon Medina KO 7 (10), 1:26 Aug 9, 1999 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.
22 Loss 20–2 Mexico Marcos Licona SD 12 Mar 27, 1999 United States Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For vacant WBONABO super bantamweight title
21 Win 20–1 Mexico Agustin Lorenzo TKO 8 (10) Nov 30, 1998 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.
20 Win 19–1 United States Frank Lizarraga UD 6 Oct 22, 1998 United States Scottish Rite Center, San Diego, California, U.S.
19 Win 18–1 Mexico Juan Manuel Chavez UD 10 Aug 10, 1998 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.
18 Win 17–1 Mexico Oscar Javier Garcia TKO 4 Jun 8, 1998 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.
17 Win 16–1 Puerto Rico Antonio Ramirez UD 6 Mar 15, 1998 United States Sycuan Casino, El Cajon, California, U.S.
16 Win 15–1 Mexico Saul Briseno TD 8 Feb 21, 1998 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
15 Win 14–1 Mexico Enrique Angeles TKO 9 Aug 30, 1997 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
14 Win 13–1 Mexico Marcello Nava TKO 4 Jun 14, 1997 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
13 Win 12–1 Mexico Óscar Larios KO 1 (10) Apr 12, 1997 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico
12 Win 11–1 Mexico Erik Lopez TKO 3 Mar 29, 1997 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
11 Win 10–1 Mexico Abraham Barrientos TKO 5 Nov 30, 1996 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
10 Loss 9–1 Mexico Ulises Flores TKO 1 Oct 5, 1996 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Saul Briseno TKO 3 Sep 7, 1996 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Enrique Martinez TKO 1 May 3, 1996 Mexico Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Joel Nolasco KO 2 Apr 19, 1996 MexicoSalina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Cecilio Marino Jimenez KO 7 Mar 8, 1996 Mexico Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
5 Win 5–0 MexicoAlejandro Pantaleon KO 3 Feb 16, 1996 Mexico Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Raul Gonzales DQ 4 Sep 6, 1995 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Gonzales disqualified for an intentional headbutt
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Jesus Romero TKO 1 Jun 21, 1995 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 MexicoSergio Lopez KO 1 Apr 19, 1995 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Eduardo Rosas TKO 1 (4) Mar 29, 1995 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Roberto Lopez
NABF super bantamweight champion
January 7, 2001 – April 2002
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ricardo Medina
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Manny Pacquiao
IBF super bantamweight champion
March 25, 2004 – December 2005
Vacated
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 super bantamweight champion
December 3, 2005 – March 3, 2007
Vacant
Title last held by
Wilfredo Gómez
Lineal super bantamweight champion
December 3, 2005 – March 3, 2007
Preceded by
Rafael Márquez
WBC super bantamweight champion
August 4, 2007 – December 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Molitor
The Ring super bantamweight champion
August 4, 2007 – 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Nonito Donaire
Lineal super bantamweight champion
August 4, 2007 – 2008
Vacated
Awards
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Somsak Sithchatchawal vs. Mahyar Monshipour
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Rafael Márquez II, III

2007, 2008
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Juan Manuel Márquez vs. Juan Díaz