Vazquez goes on the offensive, wins unanimous decision over Bone

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A step up in weight for Miguel Vazquez produced a revitalized attack for the former world champion—and a familiar result.

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Vazquez vs Bone highlights: May 28, 2016

Vazquez showed uncharacteristic aggression Saturday night as he outboxed Erick Bone to win a 10-round unanimous decision in their 144-pound main event at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio.

Even while retaining his 135-pound title for four years, Miguel Vazquez employed an awkward, defensive style that although earned plenty of wins, didn’t always win over fans. But the 29-year-old Mexican confronted Bone from the opening bell, albeit cautiously, and landed a big right hand in Round 2 to set the tone.

“I wanted to throw the heavier punches because I thought I could win by knockout, but that didn’t happen,” Vazquez said. “There was an overhand right in the eighth round that I thought hurt him badly, but he was an elusive fighter and survived, so there are still things that I have to work on.”

Bone, who was fighting Vazquez less than two weeks after replacing the injured Felix Diaz, picked up the pace in Round 3 and landed several body shots and a big right hand over the next few rounds as he began to mix up his punches.

With many rounds being extremely close, Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs) continued to pile up the points in the latter half of the fight as he worked behind his jab and consistently landed the cleaner punches against the 27-year-old Ecuadorian.

Bone (16-4, 8 KOs) suffered his third straight loss in a fight against a former world champion, having previously been defeated by Chris Algieri and Shawn Porter.

“We knew that [Bone] would eat a lot of jabs, and Miguel needs to be faster with it. Plus, he got caught with some uppercuts that I didn’t like,” said Vazquez’s trainer, Javier Capetillo. “We wanted him to be elusive, but at the same time, work on his counters.

“Bone ate a lot of right hands, and Miguel has power. I think that if he could’ve followed up on a lot of those punches, like the hooks and overhand rights, we could’ve gotten him out of there.”

With his campaign in the 140-pound division officially underway, Vazquez turned his attention forward after defeating Bone.

“I’ve always wanted a fight with Adrien Broner, but he says he’s moving up. I want to make that,” Vazquez said. “I would love an opportunity to fight [for a title] at 140, but if there’s a chance to fight someone at 147, I’ll move up.”

In undercard action, Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) continued his ascent in the 126-pound division with a 10-round unanimous decision over veteran southpaw Ruben Tamayo (26-9-4, 18 KOs), and Brandon Figueroa (7-0, 5 KOs), the 19-year-old brother of former champion Omar Figueroa Jr., gained a fifth-round TKO against Jonell Nieves (6-3, 4 KOs) in a 122-pound bout.

For a complete look at Vazquez vs Bone, including highlights and scorecards, visit our fight page.

Miguel Vazquez and Erick Bone

Miguel Vazquez, left, was effectively aggressive over 10 rounds as he earned a unanimous decision over Erick Bone in a 144-pound fight at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio. (Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions)

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