History | Dec 28 2015

On This Day: Mexican warrior Israel Vazquez retains his IBF super-bantamweight title

Artyom Simonyan was no match for the heavy-handed Israel Vazquez 11 years ago
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ON this day (December 28), back in 2004, Mexican warrior Israel Vazquez made the first defence of his IBF super-bantamweight title, stopping Armenian Artyom Simonyan in five rounds in El Cajon, California. Here, we list some interesting facts about the man dubbed “Magnifico”.

– Vazquez was born in Mexico City on Christmas Day in 1977.

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