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Newz Forum: BOXING: Vasquez takes vacant IBF title

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posted on Mar, 27 2004 @ 07:23 AM
Associated Press
LOS ANGELES -- Israel Vasquez of Mexico stopped Jose Luis Valbuena of Venezuela in the 12th round Thursday night to win the vacant IBF super bantamweight title.

Vasquez floored Valbuena with a right, and the follow-up barrage forced referee James Jen-Kin to stop the fight 34 seconds into the round.

Vasquez had floored Valbuena in the fourth with a right, and Valbuena earlier lost two points for low blows. Heading into the 12th, Valbuena had won the last three rounds on the judges' scorecards, hurting Vasquez with hard body blows.

Vasquez, who hurt his opponent late in rounds with straight rights to the head, led on judges' scorecards 105-101, 106-100 and 106-100.

Vasquez (36-3, 27 knockouts) weighed in at 122 pounds, while Valbuena (24-3-1, 14 KOs), was at 121.

Earlier, Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico City scored a six-round knockout over previously unbeaten Roger Gonzalez of Chino, Calif., flooring him three times in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round bantamweight fight. Jhonny Gonzalez (22-4, 20 KOs) was at 118 and Roger Gonzalez (23-1, 16 KOs) was at 119.

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