The WBC has announced its year end awards. To no one’s surprise, it selected the third fight between Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez in March as its “Fight of the Year” for 2008.
Vazquez showed tremendous courage and pride by rallying from a fourth round knockdown to come back and floor Marquez in the twelfth round. The knockdown, which happened just as the fight was coming to an end, helped tilt the bout in Vazquez’ favor.
Vazquez successfully defended his WBC super bantamweight title by split decision.
“We’re extremely excited that the WBC recognized Vazquez-Marquez III as its fight of the year,” said Scott Woodworth, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Vazquez’ co-promoter.
“Israel defined what being a champion is all about. He looked beyond great on that March night. Both fighters are now recognized as being some of the toughest warriors in all of sports. We look forward to making a fourth fight soon.”