December 28, 2004
Israel Vazquez defended his super bantamweight title for the first time by stopping Artyom Simonyan in El Cajon, California.
Vazquez dropped the undefeated Armenian twice in the third round and once in the fifth before the referee intervened.
“Magnifico” is best known for his four-fight rivalry with fellow Mexican Rafael Marquez. The pair shared two victories each with two of their clashes being named Ring magazine’s Fight of the Year.