“Life is hard. No one will hand you anything. You have to work for it, but you can’t quit,” explained Hector Vazquez of Irving, TX, the reigning super welterweight title holder, to a group of athletes he was encouraging at his Alma Mater, MacArthur High School in Irving on October 10, 2013. Hector made this comment shortly before finding out he was up for another challenge in his own life with perhaps the fight of his life.
As it turns out, Vazquez’s title challenger for the upcoming Bud Light Pro Fight 5 main event on October 19th. Salvador Amir Roa got injured while training for the title fight. The boxing commission would not allow Roa to fight due to the severity of his injury. Unfortunately for Hector, his remarks to the young athletes were foreshadowing of the more difficult opponent who has risen to take the challenge for the title on short notice.
Vazquez will now be facing the highly skilled Cory Yett from Austin, Texas. Since Yett and Vazquez already had a competitive fight in 2011, which Vazquez won by unanimous decision, Yett is only looking for one thing: retribution. Since determination often accompanies revenge, Vazquez knows he must be ready and keep his guard up on the 19th.
Fortunately, when Vazquez advises teenagers about overcoming adversity, he speaks from experience since he is no stranger to succeeding despite trials. For example, just a few months ago, Vazquez was able to win the Texas Super Welterweight Title after a long recuperation from a hand injury that required surgery. As a matter of fact, overcoming challenges seems to be the story of Vazquez’s professional career. He started off his professional career as the object of heavy recruitment from some of boxing’s best managers as a result of a solid amateur career which included 165 contests, multiple national titles and wins over top prospects such as current Welterweight Champion Adrien Broner. These successes led to Vazquez’s selection as the 2008 Olympic Alternate for Team Mexico. He started off winning a 1st round KO in his debut on national television. After a loss in his second contest, however, Vazquez found that the phone had stopped ringing and the opportunities were few.