2008-03-01 Israel Vazquez w pts 12 Rafael Marquez, Home Depot Centre, Carson, California, USA - WBC/The Ring

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2008-03-01 Israel Vazquez w pts 12 Rafael Marquez, Home Depot Centre, Carson, California, USA - WBC. Referee: Pat Russell. Scorecards: 114-111, 113-112, 111-114.

On 15 September, Toshiaki Nishioka outpointed Napapol Kiatisakchokchai (Sor Rungvisai) over 12 rounds at The Pacifico, Yokohama, Japan to win the vacant WBC ‘interim’ title before Vazquez was stripped of the main title on 3 January 2009 when unable to make a defence following retina surgery. Following that, Nishioka’s ‘interim’ title defence against Genaro Garcia on the same day was given full championship status. Meanwhile, The Ring magazine continued to recognise him as champion until early June 2009 when it was clear that he would be fighting in a higher weight division.