Miguel Vazquez vs. Ameth Diaz on September 28th in Tijuana, Mexico
By Allan Fox: IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KO’s) will be making his 6th title defense of his International Boxing Federation title against 30-year-old #1 IBF Ameth Diaz (32-11, 23 KO’s) on September 28th at the Caliente Racetrack, in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
A fight had been worked on for Vazquez to face WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns, but Vazquez was unable to take the fight due what was reported as an illness.
It’s been 8 months since Vazquez last fought in easily beating previously undefeated Mercito Gesta by a 12 round unanimous decision last year in December. Vazquez looked good in dominating the powerful Gesta, and making the fight look surprisingly easy.
The momentum from that fight was interrupted when Vazquez was unable to face Burns. That would have been a big win for Vazquez had he taken that fight and had been able to come out on top.
Fighting a guy like Ammeth Diaz has to be considered a letdown for Vazquez, because the Burns fight would have been a more interesting one. Vazquez already beat Diaz last year in January by a 12 round, and it’s unknown why the IBF is letting Vazquez fight him again.
Vazquez needs to start mixing in some other opponents instead of facing Diaz in consecutive years. Unbeaten Terence Crawford is ranked below Diaz at #3 IBF, and that doesn’t make a lot of sense to have a fighter with 11 defeats ranked above Crawford. The IBF need to straighten out their rankings, because Diaz appears to be ranked too high for what he’s done during his career.
Diaz was knocked out in 1 round by Ji-Hoon Kim in 2010. He also has knockout losses to Takehiro Shimada, Souleymane M’baye, and Juan Mosquera. With that many losses on his resume, it’s surprising that Diaz is ranked #1. That’s a really high ranking for a fighter with 11 defeats.