May 22, 2010, Staples Center @ Los Angeles: One of boxing’s greatest rivalries ended, when Rafael Marquez evened the score at 2-2 with Israel Vazquez, stopping him in round three. The fight was disappointing – short-lived and dominated by Marquez – who had little problem slicing open Vazquez’s heaping mass of scar tissue over his eyes. While the fourth – and final, for the promoters and networks expressed no interest in a fifth bout, thank God – lacked the back-and-forth brutality of the first three bouts, last night’s co-main event more than made up for it.
While one rivalry ended, another began . . . . undefeateds Abner Mares and IBF bantam champ Yonnhy Perez left it all in the ring, resulting in a majority draw decision that demands a rematch.