By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
IBF world lightweight champion Miguel Angel “Titere” Vasquez (31-3, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico looked sharp working out today at the Azteca Boxing Gym in Bell, California for his upcoming title defense later this month against fellow countryman Tijuana’s Marvin Quintero (25-3, 21 KOs). “We are doing a great job preparing for this fight. I am good with my weight and we are working hard as always. We know it’s a tough hard fight,” Vasquez told Fightnews.com.
Working the pads with Vasquez alongside with trainer Javier Capetillo, was former world featherweight champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez as he is also part of the Vasquez camp being influential in working with Vasquez. Capetillo, infamously known as being the central figure in the Antonio Margarito handwrapping scandal, trains Vasquez but is prohibited to work the corners in the U.S.
“I work with both. It is a great experience for me. I also learn a lot working with a former champion and it benefits me,” Vasquez told Fightnews.com on working with the duo of Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez and Javier Capetillo.
Vasquez sparred with southpaw prospect Julian “Camarron” Ramirez (4-0, 3KOs), nephew of former world champion the late Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez. Vasquez has also brought in Jr. Lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. (23-0, 10KOs) in preparation for the southpaw Quintero that brings in an aggressive style.
“Quintero is a strong aggressive southpaw fighter that comes to fight and throws punches from every angle we have brought in nothing but southpaws for this fight, I am confident that I will come out on top,” Vasquez told Fightnews.com
His only three losses have come twice to current WBC Jr. Middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in his pro debut and later down the line in a rematch as well as a loss to current WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. This will be Vasquez’ third defense of the IBF title since winning a unanimous decision over Ji-Hoon Kim as he looks forward to making his HBO debut on Saturday October 27 on HBO Boxing After Dark triple header from the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.
“I expect to shine in this fight it will be my first fight on HBO, it is my time to show everyone what Miguel Vasquez is made of and then take on the best at lightweights such as Demarco, Burns, and Broner,” Vasquez concluded.