1997-11-08 Wilfredo Vazquez w pts 12 Genaro Rios, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA
1997-11-08 Wilfredo Vazquez w pts 12 Genaro Rios, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 116-112, 117-113, 115-114. Bringing a hit-and-run style to the ring, the challenger gave Vazquez (126) all the problems he could muster as he danced in and out, making difficult angles, and keeping the left jab going. Although Vazquez was the bigger puncher, occasionally catching Rios (126) with combinations of solid blows, he was unable to subdue the Nicaraguan who always came back for more. He also looked to have won as far as the fans were concerned.
After Vazquez forfeited the WBA version of the title on 21 March 1998 when failing to agree to a defence against Antonio Cermeno, the latter was matched against Freddie Norwood to find a new champion.