1997-03-30 Wilfredo Vazquez w co 5 Yuji Watanabe, Ryogoku Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBA
1997-03-30 Wilfredo Vazquez w co 5 Yuji Watanabe, Ryogoku Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan - WBA. Referee: John Coyle. Punching with great force, Vazquez (126) almost finished Watanabe (125¼) off in the second round, two vicious right hands dropping the challenger and leaving him in a precarious state. Although Watanabe came back gamely with the jab he was countered heavily over the top, and in the fourth he was again left on shaky legs when forced to absorb solid overarm rights and left hooks. The end came after a heavy right and left uppercut to the jaw put Watanabe down for the count in the fifth, the finish being timed at 31 seconds.