Wilfredo Vazquez Jr has been known to make fights harder than they have to be, but today in Macau, that wasn't really the case. Sure, Vazquez had some of the usual problems -- he got a bit one-dimensional and predictable -- but it was a quality performance from Japan's Yasutaka Ishimoto that made the upset happen.
Ishimoto won a majority decision over 10 rounds, on scores of 96-93, 95-94, and 95-95. BLH had it 97-92 for Ishimoto.
The underdog won the fight on the strength of a sudden knockdown at the end of the eighth round, popping Vazquez with a right hand on the button that sent the Puerto Rican to the canvas. Vazquez got up and fought on, but Ishimoto (22-6, 5 KO) just had his number for too much of the fight, pushing the action, throwing tons of combinations, and making Vazquez (22-3-1, 19 KO) look a bit lost at times.
Really, Vazquez just never seemed totally on his game in this one. Perhaps he overlooked Ishimoto, or perhaps it's a simple case of Vazquez just being the sort of good fighter who can occasionally lose fights like this.
The fight was really very good, too. For those of you who missed it -- most everyone, I believe -- you can see it tonight on UniMas.