Doghouse Decides Israel Vazquez vs Rafael Marquez
COMPILED By Benny Henderson Jr (March 3, 2007) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Tom Casino/SHOWTIME)
Coming at yah from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca, live only on Showtime boxing 9:00 PM ET/PT a potential fight of the year candidate is at hand when the reigning WBC Super Welterweight champion Israel Vazquez 41-3 (30 KO’s) defends his world title strap against the tough Mexican ring warrior Rafael Marquez 36-3 (32 KO’s) in a 122-pound championship clash.

Opening up the show, the undefeated Armenian Vic Darchinyan 27-0 (21 KO’s) puts his IBF and IBO Flyweight titles on the line against the former world champ Victor Burgos 39-14-3 (23 KO’s) in a scheduled twelve round flyweight fight.
Who wins?

Doghouse Decides!

Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez

Coyote Duran
Dude, this is one of the sweetest fights EVER proposed. In one corner, you have Israel Vazquez, the legitimate, true World Junior Featherweight Champion and in the other, you have Rafael Marquez, in my opinion, the more capable of the battling Marquez brothers and current IBF bantamweight titleholder. Each man, the best of the best in his respective weight class. A lot of faith can be placed on Vazquez’ size and OK chin but Marquez is a ruthless little bastard. Picking a winner wasn’t simple. After a few sangrias and even more late nights of reviewing past fight tapes (A dirty job, etc., etc…), I came to the conclusion that The Ruthless Little Bastard would indeed come out ahead by a ninth-round knockout and gain not just The Ring Magazine World Junior Featherweight Championship but also an indelibly hard-earned slot high in the pound-for-pound ratings.

Benny Henderson Jr.
Will this fight live up to the hype? Dang sure better! I see a barnyard brawl in this some with the two swapping some serious leather. Marquez is tough, but Vazquez is bigger, stronger and “Magnifico” said he would win via knock out, well I say he keeps his word. Both have their moments with Vazquez taking the hard earned W with in the 8 and tenth round. Fight of the year potential!

Vikram Birring
This may be the best match up thus far this year, two electric fighters going at it has true fight fans salivating. Vasquez punished Johnny Gonzales in his last fight after getting off the canvas twice in a heroic performance. Marquez has been knocking out everyone in his path since Genaro Garcia. Except fireworks early but Vasquez's technique and sheer will power may be too much for Marquez to handle.

Ian Keogh
Thank you Gary Shaw. I've been asking for this fight for a long time and cannot wait for the bell to ring. This fight should
be explosive and vicious. Both guys are coming to fight and both have stated they'd pay the ultimate price for victory. Hopefully it doesn't come anywhere near that but I do expect a brutal war and it really comes down to who can take more punishment. Each guy has been down, they've both suffered knockout losses and they've both come back from these setbacks to become the best in their divisions. I'll just make a pick based on recent performances, Vasquez by late knockout after picking himself up. Vasquez TKO 11. This is the best fight on paper that's been made thus far in 2007. Enjoy.

Jeremy Valdez
All I can say is what a fight.  This truly has the chance to be the fight of the year.  There is no going backwards or quitting in either guy.  I think the fight will start off with Vazquez boxing while Marquez tries go for an early KO.  I think he's a bigger puncher and Vazquez would be making a mistake by trying to trade early. Vazquez will use the first 3 or 4 rounds finding his range and start to get inside and land the harder shots after that, meanwhile Marquez will be eating more leather but landing the harder shots.  I think around the 6th round pride takes over in both fighters and they will stand toe to toe for the remainder of the fight and Marquez will land too many big punches and stop Vazquez around the 9th.  I could be wrong because I feel if Vazquez uses his head in the fight he should win but I don't think that will happen.  There will be multiple knockdowns and as long as someone doesn't get knocked out very early the fight could live up to it's potential.  This will be a great night for boxing fans and my advice is to watch the Showtime card first and tape the HBO card because recent history tells us that if you tune in to HBO first they will ruin your boxing night and give you the results of what happened over on Showtime.
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