A step up in weight for Miguel Vazquez produced a revitalized attack for the former world champion—and a familiar result.
Miguel Vazquez has long eschewed the traditional blood-and-guts approach of his Mexican countrymen. So don’t expect the onetime 135-pound champion to all of a sudden turn into a power puncher just because he’s jumping up in weight for Saturday’s 144-pound clash with Erick Bone.
Erick Bone was chilling in New York early last March when he got the call: The second-ever Premier Boxing Champions card was taking place in 24 hours in Ontario, California, and a replacement opponent was needed for former 147-pound champ Shawn Porter.
Miguel Vazquez was considered the world’s top 135-pound boxer entering the seventh defense of his title against Mickey Bey in September 2014.
Erick Bone challenged former world champions in his last two bouts, coming up short in both instances. He’s hoping the third time will be the charm when he battles ex-champ Miguel Vazquez on May 28.
The last time Felix Diaz was in the ring, he gave a former champion all he could handle before coming up just short. Now Diaz gets another opportunity to take down an ex-titleholder, and this time the 2008 Olympic gold medalist plans to leave no doubt.
Jose Uzcategui vowed that Julius Jackson wouldn’t last six rounds against him Tuesday night, and the man nicknamed “Money” cashed in on that prediction.
Miguel Vazquez is one of the lucky ones. He started out his career fighting mostly at 140 and 147. It wasn’t until 2008 that he came down to 135 for good.