2004-03-25 Israel Vazquez w rsc 12 Jose Luis Valbuena, Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF
2004-03-25 Israel Vazquez w rsc 12 Jose Luis Valbuena, Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF. Referee: James Jen-Kin. Contesting the title vacated by Manny Pacquiao, Vazquez (122) set a relentless pace from the third round onwards, having been earlier hurt by the southpaw Valbuena (121), and in the fourth dropped the latter with a big right to the jaw. Boxing well, Valbuena came back strongly with the jab and body blows, but in the sixth after sending Vazquez down with a low one he was deducted a point. There was little respite now for Valbuena as he came under pressure and he had another point taken from his score in the ninth after Vazquez was again decked by a punch that landed around the thigh. It was now obvious that Valbuena had little left, but with Vazquez also tired he survived into the 12th before disaster struck. Smashed to the floor by a long right to the head, although he got up Valbuena was at Vazquez’s mercy when pinned on the ropes and the referee called it off on the 34 second mark.