HBO Boxing After Dark: Thrilling Undercard Features Mexican ShowdownWritten by Sam Gregory
On the undercard of the Thomas Dulorme vs Luis Abregu bout, RING Magazine's No. 2 ranked lightweight contender Miguel Vazquez 31-3 with 13 KO's will defend his IBF title against mandatory challenger Marvin Quintero 25-3 with 21 KO's in a scheduled 12 round bout in the lightweight division.
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.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.