Fight Time is 10:15pm EST.
This bout, Vazquez vs Quintero, which was originally scheduled to take place on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr bout last September 15th and is expected to be the biggest Mexican showdown in recent years.
Both of these Mexican warriors already have 3 loses so a defeat tonight could be a major setback on either of their resume's.
Challenger Marvin Quintero, who is co-promoted by Baja Boxing and Gary Shaw, served as chief sparring partner for undefeated Timothy Bradley when the latter was preparing for his fight with Manny Pacquiao last June.
Quintero has been eagerly looking forward for his chance to fight Vazquez for the IBF lightweight title since promoter Gary Shaw locked in the bout.
According to BoxingScene.com, "Promoter Gary Shaw submitted the winning bid to secure the rights to Marvin Quintero's mandatory challenge of IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez. Shaw was the sole bidder with a monetary submission of $50,000."
Lightweight champion Miguel "Puppet" Vazquez started his professional career in January of 2006 in the light welterweight division. Vazquez's debut was against the still undefeated and current jr middleweight champion Saul Alvarez who defeated him by way of a split decision.
Vazquez's second loss came via a 10th round unanimous decision to undefeated welterweight champion Timothy Bradley while his third defeat came at the hands of Saul Alvarez once again, this time via a 10th round unanimous decision in June of 2008.
A fighter who likes to be on the defensive for the first half of the fight and feel out his opponent, Vazquez is not a heavy-hitter as only 13 of his 31 wins have come by way of knockout. However, he's quite proficient in countering - especially with a good left hook - to build up points.
In addition, he's been successful at forcing his opponents to work hard and expend a lot of energy during the first half of the fight. As a result, Vazquez has not lost a decision in bouts that have gone past the seventh round.
Marvin Quintero started his pro career in 04' and suffered his first defeat a year later when he was stopped in the first round by a now-journeyman fighter who was making his pro debut.
In his second loss, Quintero was stopped in the 8th round of a 10 round fight by Tyrone Harris in July 2009 and his most recent defeat was two yearsago when he was knocked out in the second round by rising upstart Daniel Attah.
Quintero is certainly susceptible to being knocked out early in a fight. He can, however, crack as he's won his last 9 bouts via knockout and owns a 75% knockout-to-fights ratio in his 25 bouts.
Head to head, I like Miguel Vazquez to outwork Quintero with good defense, great counter punching and aggression. As a result, look for Vazquez to successfully defend his lightweight title by way of a 12th round unanimous decision.
Mayfield vs Herrera
The second bout, or co-main event, features jr welterweights Karim Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) against Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs).
Mayfield, who didn't start fighting until the advanced age of 20 trains with world class trainer Virgil Hunter, who also mentors Andre Ward and Amir Khan. Mayfield has sparred with Manny Pacquiao and a host of other big names and is desperately looking to become a big name himself.
If the name Mauricio Herrera sounds familiar that's because it probably is. It was Herrera who, with a game effort, almost defeated then-unbeaten Mike Alvarado (now 33-1, 23 KOs). losing via a tight split decision against a fighter we know can really 'bring it.' Of course Alvarado eventually lost his "O" two weeks ago against Brandon Rios in what is, at this moment, a lock for Fight of the Year.
Fight time for this bout should be anywhere between 10:55PM EST and 11:30PM EST.