Israel Vazquez to Make Special Appearance at Santa Anita Park This Saturday

WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Israel Vazquez will make a special appearance at Santa Anita Park, the historic thoroughbred racing track in Arcadia, Calif., this Saturday, Feb. 2. Vazquez, who battles Rafael Marquez for a third consecutive time on Saturday, March 1 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., will present the winner’s trophy for the Santa Monica Handicap ($250,000), one of the most exciting races during Santa Anita’s February calendar..

The 12-round championship fight is for Vazquez’ WBC Super Bantamweight Title and Ring Magazine 122-pound title.

Tickets for this sure-to-be-classic battle are on sale. Tickets are priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25 and may be purchased at The Home Depot Center Box Office, open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, at all Ticketmaster retail ticket locations, as well as and Ticketmaster-Charge-by-Phone, by calling 213-480-3232.

The fight is being presented by Gary Shaw Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Romanza Boxing Productions.

Vazquez and Marquez thrilled boxing fans with two bloody, give-and-take slug-fests last year on Showtime.

The final chapter of boxing’s best trilogy in recent memory has been dubbed, ‘The Final Confrontation.’

Catch one of the best rubber matches in history, Vazquez-Marquez III, March 1, 2008 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) or watch the action in person at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Their second fight (August 2007) was named 2007 Fight of the Year by the prestigious Ring Magazine, ESPN, Yahoo Sports and many more while the third round of that fight was named Round of the Year by The Ring Magazine and ESPN.

Marquez-Vazquez I and II has everything sports fans dream of: non-stop two-way action, blazing speed, precise power, blood, cuts, a broken nose, and vicious knockdowns with each fighter taking home a victory. The final installment is for pride, legacy and most important, super bantamweight supremacy.

Article posted on 02.02.2008

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