Roberto Vásquez

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Roberto Vásquez
Real name Roberto Gaspar Vásquez Ramírez
Nickname(s) La Araña (The Spider)
Rated at
Nationality Panamanian
Born (1983-05-26) May 26, 1983 (age 34)
Panama City, Panama
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 33
Wins by KO 23
Losses 6
Draws 2

Roberto Vásquez (born May 26, 1983 in Panama City) is a Panamanian professional boxer who held the WBA light flyweight title from 2005 to 2006. He also held the WBA flyweight interim title from 2006 to 2007.

Professional career[edit]

Vásquez lost in his professional boxing debut against Angelo Dottin on March 17, 2001. The four-round fight occurred in Dottin's hometown of Colón, Panama. Despite Vásquez's cutting Dottin's right cheek in the first round, all three judges scored the bout 39-38 for Dottin.[1]

Since the debut loss, Vásquez has won 22 consecutive fights. His first minor championship was the WBO Latino light flyweight title, which he won from Carlos Caballero on October 31, 2002 by fourth-round TKO.[1] In Vásquez's next fight—on February 15, 2003—he unified the WBO and WBC Latino light flyweight titles by knocking out Marlon Márquez in the tenth round.[1] Vásquez added the WBA Fedelatin title to his collection when he defeated Luis Doria by seventh-round TKO on November 26, 2003.[1] becoming the first Latin American boxer to hold these three titles simultaneously in any weight división.

After he made a few title defenses in 2003 and 2004, Vásquez earned the opportunity to fight against Beibis Mendoza for the vacant WBA world light flyweight title. On April 29, 2005, Vásquez knocked down Mendoza twice in the tenth round, and after the count of 10 the referee Luis Pabon ended the fight.[1] Vásquez then successfully defended the Light Flyweight title three times, against José Antonio Aguirre from Mexico, Nerys Espinoza from Nicaragua and Nohel Arambulet from Venezuela. After the third defense, Vásquez vacated the title in order to challenge Lorenzo Parra for the WBA flyweight title.[2] Nevertheless, the fight programmed for Oct 10, 2006 was cancelled due to an injury in Parra's right knee which had to be operated, giving the chance to Vasquez to fight for the interim title in Bercy, Paris, France against top challenger Takefumi Sakata from Japan.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Number Date Result Round Method Opponent Nationality Note
1 March 17, 2001 Loss 4R UD Angelo Dottin PAN
2 August 29, 2001 Win 1R 1:18 TKO Carlos Rodríguez PAN
3 September 22, 2001 Win 2R 0:10 TKO Juvencio Caballero PAN
4 November 30, 2001 Win 4R SD Agustín Menacho PAN
5 January 23, 2002 Win 2R 0:10 TKO Alexander Murillo PAN
6 March 16, 2002 Win 1R 0:38 KO Husein Sánchez PAN
7 May 15, 2002 Win 3R 2:07 TKO Edwin Rodríguez PAN
8 August 3, 2002 Win 1R 2:24 KO Jorge Sánchez PAN
9 September 9, 2002 Win 2R 1:08 KO Isidro Muñoz PAN
10 October 31, 2002 Win 4R 0:53 TKO Carlos Caballero COL WBO Latino Light Flyweight Titlematch
11 February 15, 2003 Win 10R 2:57 KO Marlon Marquez NIC WBO Latino & WBC Latinamerican Light Flyweight Titlematch
12 March 28, 2003 Win 8R UD Jose Plinio González PAN
13 August 2, 2003 Win 1R 2:59 KO Leonel Arburola CRC
14 October 3, 2003 Win 2R 1:45 TKO Eduardo Ray Marquez NIC WBC Latinamerican Light Flyweight Titlematch
15 November 26, 2003 Win 7R 2:27 TKO Luis Doria COL WBA FEDELATIN & WBC Latinamerican Light Flyweight Titlematch
16 April 16, 2004 Win 10R 2:14 TKO José García Bernal COL WBA FEDELATIN, WBO Latino & WBC Latinamerican Light Flyweight Titlematch
17 July 16, 2004 Win 5R 0:54 KO Edgar Velasquez VEN
18 October 1, 2004 Win 12R UD Freddy Beleño VEN WBA FEDELATIN, WBO & WBCLatino Light Flyweight Titlematch
19 December 11, 2004 Win 1R 2:57 KO Farid Cassiani COL
20 April 29, 2005 Win 10R 2:03 KO Beibis Mendoza COL WBA World Light Flyweight Titlematch
21 August 20, 2005 Win 4R 1:16 TKO José Antonio Aguirre MEX WBA World Light Flyweight Titlematch
22 November 19, 2005 Win 12R UD Nerys Espinoza NIC WBA World Light Flyweight Titlematch
23 May 20, 2006 Win 12R UD Noel Arambulet VEN WBA World Light Flyweight Titlematch
24 Oct 28, 2006 Win 10R UD Horlan Hamilton NIC
25 Dec 2, 2006 Win 12R SD Takefumi Sakata JPN WBA Interim World Flyweight Titlematch

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e editors. "Roberto Vasquez." URL accessed 8 June 2006.
  2. ^ WBA officials. “Araña” Vasquez relinquishes WBA title. 25 May 2006. World Boxing Association. URL accessed 17 July 2006.

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Rosendo Álvarez
WBA light flyweight champion
April 29, 2005 – May 25, 2006
Title next held by
Kōki Kameda
New title WBA flyweight champion
Interim title

December 2, 2006 – July 1, 2007
Lost bid for full title
Title next held by
Luis Concepción