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 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. 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.