APPEARANCES can be deceptive, particularly in the world of boxing. One case in point is IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, a delicate-looking creature who defends his title tonight against Mickey Bey at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in support to Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana.
Vazquez was the only fighter to attend the undercard press conference in a suit, and the threads buried him. The Mexican has been a prominent figure in the lightweight division since he upset then-unbeaten Breidiss Prescott over 10 rounds in 2009, and then outscored Ji-Hoon Kim to win the IBF title the following year.
The 27-year-old has since defended his belt six times, and scored two non-title wins since, making him one of the most consistent champions in boxing. Yesterday, he set foot on the scales, looking almost emaciated, at 135lbs. It was 13 pounds lighter than his weight when he lost to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2008 – his most recent defeat – and four pounds shy of his mass while being outscored by Timothy Bradley the year before.