8. Julio Cesar Vasquez Born: July 13,1966, in Santa Fe, Argentina.
Fighting from 1986 to 2009, Julio Cesar Vasquez was a tough, square-jawed southpaw with a good jab and a dangerous punch, who during his prime fought the best light middleweights of his era. Vasquez beat such top names as Tyrone Trice, Javier Castillejo, Aaron Davis, Ronald “Winky” Wright, and Carl Daniels.
Vasquez won the vacant WBA world light middleweight title on December 21, 1992, when he knocked out Hitoshi Kamiyama in the 1st round. Over the next 2 1/2 years, Vasquez proved himself to be a formidable champion, by making 10 successful defences against good opposition. However, when Vasquez made his eleventh defence, on March 4, 1995, he found himself facing the magical boxing skills of Pernell Whitaker, and was outpointed.
Nine months later, Vasquez regained the WBA world light-middleweight title with an exciting 11th round stoppage of Carl Daniels (Daniels having won the title after Whitaker had vacated it.) Vasquez’s second world title reign ended on his first defence this time, when on August 21, 1996, he was surprisingly knocked out in the 5th round by Laurent Boudouani. It seemed to be a turning point in Vasquez’s career, and although he continued to fight for the next 13 years, his form would go steadily downhill. Vasquez fought most of his later fights as a super-middleweight, like so many others he fought on long after he should have retired, and was just 5-10-1 in his last 16 contests. At his best, Vasquez would be a formidable match for anyone at light middleweight.
Julio Cesar Vasquez’s final record was (68-13-1, 45 KOs).