Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) successfully defended his IBF lightweight title for the fourth time with a disputed split decision over Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs). The bout was the first fight in a special "Boxing After Dark" tripleheader held at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
Vasquez ran most of the bout. His best punch was a
long uppercut that he sometimes started from New York. He was convinced
he could outbox Quintero.
He was right, but the fight lacked excitement.
college educated Quintero was able to land some pretty strong left
hands. He stalked Vasquez, but couldn’t cut off the ring on a
As the fight went on, Vasquez used his height
and reach advantage to pepper Quintero with punches. Quintero rallied in
the later rounds to make the fight close.
Vasquez outworked Quintero for most of the final six minutes of the bout.
Scoring was 117-112 and 118-110 for Vasquez, while Quintero was judged the winner 115-113 on the third judges card.
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