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Marquez defeats Vazquez, Darchinyan destroys Burgos!

In an action packed main event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Rafael Marquez won the WBC Super Bantamweight championship after Mexican warrior Israel Vazquez could not answer the bell for the eighth round.


Marquez (37-3, 33KO’s) came out fast and sharp, controlling much of the action early. The tide turned quickly when Israel Vazquez (41-4, 30KO’s) landed a sharp left hook which sent Marquez to the mat early in the 3rd round. Marquez was able to survive the rest of the round, and seemed to gain the momentum in round four, hurting Marquez with a combination of punches.
In the 5th round, two quick jabs by Marquez seemed to hurt Israel, sending him to the ropes grabbing at his nose. At the end of the round, Vazquez was heard telling his trainer Freddie Roach that he could not breath.
Being the warrior he is and showing why Mexican fighters have the reputation of never quitting, Vazquez continued to fight for two more rounds, trading punches with his fellow countrymen.
In between rounds 7 and 8, Vazquez informed his corner that he was not able to breath and could not continue. Immediately after the fight, there was talk of a rematch by both fighters and theirs camps.
In the undercard, Vic “the Raging Bull” Darchinyan improved his undefeated record to 28-0 with an impressive 12th round stoppage against Mexican journeyman Victor Burgos. Dachinyan stalked Burgos from the 1st round, landing left hooks and uppercuts at will. Burgos hit the floor in the 2nd round after a devastating body shot form Darchinyan. The punching assault continued for the next 12 rounds, with the referee stepping in to stop the fight in the 12th round. Burgos was visibly hurt at the end and was taken from the ring by stretcher. After his post fight interview with Rafael Marquez, Jim Gray announced that Burgos was being checked at a local hospital for a possible brain injury. Our thoughts and prayers are with Victor and the entire Burgos family.

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