No fourth fight between Vazquez and Marquez

There will be no fourth war between Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez for the time being. Vazquez is moving on to other ideas. (Photo via www.israel-vazquez.com)

Israel Vazquez and manager Frank Espinoza told ESTO (link via BoxingScene.com) that the talked-about fourth fight between Vazquez and his great rival Rafael Marquez is "ruled out" for the time being, and they're blaming Marquez for asking for too much money.

"Everything I know is from the newspapers. I will speak to my manager Frank Espinoza. If Rafa does not want to fight me because he is asking for the stars and the moon, then that's theur problme. I will take another direction. As I've said, I want the WBC's featherweight. I want to fight in February or March," Vazquez told ESTO.

Espinoza confirmed:

"There definitely will not be a fourth fight between Israel and Marquez [next]. It has been completely ruled out. We have some very good plans or Vazquez," Espinoza said.

Gary Shaw said a few days back that a fourth fight wasn't even close, but he said both fighters were asking for too much money, and that the blame was shared. He said Showtime offered a one-time only $2.5 million for the fight, which would have been all-time high purses for both men.

When Vazquez says he wants the WBC featherweight title, that would indicate a desired fight with Elio Rojas (21-1, 13 KO). The Dominican has held the title since July, when he beat Takahiro Aoh in Japan. Rojas is a really good fighter who would have some fair size advantages and isn't anywhere near as beaten up. At 27, Rojas is far fresher than Vazquez. I don't discount Vazquez's spirit, only his physical ability to actually win a fight like that. After watching his October return against a guy who isn't a quarter as good as Rojas, I think that possible fight would be a huge uphill climb for Vazquez. I'd favor Rojas heavily.

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