By Marc Livitz: In front of a raucous crowd in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Miguel Vazquez ’s homecoming resulted in a dominating performance and a successful defense of his IBF lightweight championship title.
Vazquez improved to 30(13)-3 by way of a decisive victory over Ameth "Cloroformo" Diaz of Panama City, Panama. From the opening bell, Diaz (30(21)-11(7)) had no answers as Miguel Vazquez applied constant pressure and even sent the boxer/puncher Diaz to the floor once during the contest.
As much as Diaz tried to break the tight defense of "El Titere" (the puppet), it was Vazquez who pulled the pugilistic strings this evening. One judge scored the bout as a clear shutout with a 120-107 scorecard, while the other two saw the contest at 119-108.
Daniel "Galeno" Sandoval had a memorable evening of his own in front of a hometown audience. The super welterweight native of Guadalajara kept his strictly knockout victory record intact in an entertaining yet brief battle with Juan Jesus "Barbuja" Rivera of Aguascalientes, MEX.
Sandoval (24(24)-2(1)) set the tempo in the opening seconds of the fight. He used a good jab to keep Rivera (9(6)-7(4)) at a considerable distance. Each time his jab snapped out, he kept his composure and never failed to keep his hands high. Rivera resorted to looping, wide and off-balance shots which landed on occasion, but had little effect.
In the second round, Rivera was clearly waiting for the chance to end the bout with one punch. As he did, Sandoval engaged the Aguascalientes boxer into exchanging power shots in the center of the ring. Just when Sandoval seemed to be on his way to an easy walkover, Rivera caught him flush on the chin with a left hook and sent the Jalisco native to the canvas at the 2:18 mark. Sandoval quickly arose and picked up where he left the action and returned to the ring’s middle area.
A short war of shots took place until the 1:52 interval, when Sandoval landed a left hook of his own while Rivera missed wide. Juan Jesus beat the count, but was then defenseless to Sandoval’s quick attack. After he attempted to tie up "Galeno", he found himself punched out and punched often as Sandoval tagged him with a fast combination to the head. After Rivera slumped back against the ropes, the referee stopped the contest at 1:05 of round 2.
January 21, 2012