Laredo, Texas– Miguel Vazquez (26-3, 12 KOs), of Guadalajara, Mexico, claimed the vacant IBF lightweight title via wide unanimous decision over Korean pressure fighter, Ji Hoon Kim (21-6, 18 KOs).
Employing smart movement and sharp counters throughout all twelve rounds, Vazquez rendered Kim’s come-forward style practically useless. The Korean would never let up the pace, but he simply wasn’t skilled enough to catch the focused, well-schooled Vazquez.
Vazquez suffered a cut high on the right side of the forehead due to an unintentional headbutt in round eight, but it didn’t affect the clinic Vazquez was putting on.
The judges’ scorecards reflected the one-sided nature of the bout: 120-108, 119-109, 118-110 for new champ, Vazquez. The Boxing Tribune also scored the bout 118-110 for Vazquez.
On the undercard, Well-regarded, Mexican-American featherweight prospect, Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (23-0, 19 KO’s), battered and broke down Cornelius Lock (19-6-1, 12 KOs) en route to an eleventh round stoppage.
The twenty-two year old Garcia was simply too strong and fresh for his rival, consistently beating Lock to the punch and causing obvious damage to the veteran’s face.
Well ahead on the scorecards, Garcia ended the contest in the eleventh with a sharp right hook that dropped Lock. The referee waved off the contest at the 1:09 mark.
Sinaloa, Mexico– Cristian Mijares (39-6-2, 17 KOs) won his fourth fight in a row by rolling over overmatched Colombian, Franklin Solis (15-7-1, 11 Kos) via TKO 4. Mijares would drop his rival four times in the contest: From a southpaw jab in the first, a series of body shots in the second, from a liver shot in the third and then again, in the same round, from a flurry of punches to the head.
In the fourth, another body shot from Mijares forced Solis into a corner. After a series of unanswered shots, the bout was thankfully waved off.
On the undercard, Filipino, Donnie Nietes (27-1-3, 15 KOs) defended his WBO strawwweight title, by beating game, but overmatched Mexican, Mario Rodriguez (10-6-3, 7 KOs) via unanimous decision by scores of 119-109, 116-112, 118-110.