Valle Stops Vazquez in ‘Zona

08.11.03 - By Paul-John Ramos: Tucson, Arizona - Junior lightweight Ivan Valle, best known for his stoppage of prospect Orlando Salido in 2000, dealt a crushing blow to Angel Vazquez’s already-sagging career at the Desert Diamond Casino on Friday evening. 22-year-old Valle, 129, Mexico, landed a wicked body shot that dropped Vazquez to one knee and brought a ten-count by referee Bobby Ferrara at 1:26 of the third round.

34-year-old Vazquez, 126 ¾, Hartford, Connecticut, was calling out Naseem Hamed in the late 90s, but has fought only twice in the past two years after managerial disputes. Valle banked on Vazquez’s inactivity all night, pushing straight rights through his guard and keeping him in a mode of retreat. Enough frustration welled up in Vazquez by the second round to begin grabbing hold of Valle and having one point deducted for his blatant elbow on a break. Valle’s punishment climaxed in round three with a shot to the left ribcage that dropped Vazquez onto one knee.

Although Vazquez was not seriously hurt, he chose to stay down as Ferrara finished his count. The knockout raised Valle to 20-4-1 (17), while Vazquez took his second professional loss, now at 22-2 (16).

On the Desert Diamond undercard, featherweight prospect Bernard Dunne overcame a surprise knockdown to win by six-round unanimous decision over Alejandro Ramirez. Dunne, 125 ½, Los Angeles, California via Ireland, was caught off-balance and seated by Ramirez, 126 ½, Mexico, in the second round. Dunne eventually took control, however, with his quicker hands and willingness to trade on the inside. The 23-year-old remains perfect at 10-0 (8) while Ramirez fell to 4-2 (2).

Article posted on 08.11.2003

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