2005-12-03 Israel Vazquez w rsc 3 Oscar Larios, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/IBF/The Ring
2005-12-03 Israel Vazquez w rsc 3 Oscar Larios, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/IBF/The Ring. Referee: Tony Weeks. Although Larios was ruled out of contesting the IBF title as he failed that body’s ruling on weight gain following the official weigh-in, with Vazquez (121) winning he picked up Larios’ WBC crown to make himself a double champion. At the same time he won The Ring magazine championship belt.
The fight itself saw Larios (120½) decked after half a minute, courtesy of a left hook to the jaw, but getting up and going on to win the second round when boxing well on the outside. Although right back in the frame, disaster struck for Larios in the third when a right-left combination ripped a deep gash over his left eye and led to the referee stopping the contest in Vazquez’s favour at 2.52 of the session after consulting the doctor.
After Vazquez forfeited the IBF belt in March 2006 when failing to agree to a title defence, Steve Molitor was selected to fight Sergio Manuel Medina for the vacant crown. Surprisingly, for whatever reason, when Medina turned the opportunity down Molitor was set to meet a replacement in South Africa’s Gabula Vabaza in Johannesburg, South Africa on 1 September 2006, only for the fight to be called off the day before due to the South African failing a pre-fight medical. Following that it was announced that Molitor would meet Michael Hunter.