BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Felix Diaz unanimously outpointed Sammy Vasquez on Saturday night in a super lightweight bout.
The 10-round fight was initially announced as a majority draw, bringing boos from the Legacy Arena crowd. After a recount, Diaz (18-1) was ruled the winner, and Vasquez applauded him and pointed to Diaz when the final outcome was called out.
The difference came when the referee took a point from Vasquez (21-1) in the final round when his mouthpiece popped out for the third time in the fight. That changed Diaz’s margin to 96-93 from one judge and 95-94 the other two, who had initially called it even.
Diaz, an Olympic champion for the Dominican Republic in 2008, was coming off a majority decision loss to Lamont Peterson in October.
"When I first heard it was a split draw, I felt like I was the winner and I got robbed like in my fight against Lamont Peterson. I definitely feel like the scores should have been wider on the cards, but I understand. The first couple of rounds I was feeling him out, but after those first couple I feel like I won every round," Diaz said.
"Since Vasquez is taller than me and has longer reach, my plan of attack was to stay inside and fight him at a close distance. I took this fight on only 15 days notice, and before this I was preparing for a right handed fighter, so it was a bit of an adjustment. I only had two weeks to make the changes that I needed to. I'm thankful to my team for getting me ready for this fight.
"Fighting on a FOX and FOX Deportes primetime card and looking as good as I did makes me very happy. I'm ready for anyone at 140 or 147 lbs."