Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh - In a battle for the WBC silver super lightweight world title, Josh Taylor (11-0, 10 KOs) knocked out former world champion Miguel Vazquez (39-6, 15 KOs) in the ninth round with a right hook to the body. It was the first knockout loss of Vazquez's career.
Coming into this fight, Vazquez had won his last four outings in a row. His last two defeats, against Mickey Bey and Argenis Mendez, were viewed as controversial. His other defeats were very early in his career, with two decision losses to Canelo Alvarez and one to Timothy Bradley.
Taylor comes away from the biggest win of his career and his most impressive performance, a seventh round TKO over previously undefeated Ohara Davies. Taylor dropped Davies in the third and the seventh, and forced him to turn his back and quit during the seventh round.
Taylor was the quicker man and the more accurate man in the early going, as Vazquez was being defensive and looking to counter the younger man. A big left hand in the second got the attention of Vazquez. A cut opened up above the left eye of Taylor near the end of the same round from a clash of heads.
Vazquez was mainly going to the body in the third, as Taylor was hitting to the head. Vazquez was also using some of his veteran tricks to further damage the left eye of Taylor. In the fourth, Taylor was pressing the action, but Vazquez was landing some shots of his own and holding his ground as they battled on the inside.
Taylor had a huge fifth round, where he was staggering Vazquez with some solid punches as they were trading punches. Vazquez was landing as well, but Taylor was able to walk through the shots. Vazquez weathered the storm and continued to make things close in the sixth and seventh rounds. Taylor was landing the flashier, harder punches, but Vazquez never stopped working.
In the eight, Taylor was landing some solid shots and Vazquez not going anywhere and continued to fight. Taylor continued to land some hard shots in the ninth, landing a series of hard shots, with a good hook to the body, that sent Vazquez down for the full count.