Vazquez far too good for Gesta

  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 9:22 GMT

Miguel Angel Vazquez extended his reign as IBF lightweight champion with a dominant points win over Mercito Gesta.

Miguel Angel Vazquez cruised to points win

Vazquez was making the fifth defence of the belt he won in 2010 and the Mexican controlled the fight with his superior skills to earn the verdict with wide scores of 117-111, 119-109, 118-110.

Gesta, who slipped to his first professional defeat, struggled to pin down the champion in the opening rounds and Vazquez started to dictate the fight with his accurate jab.

The Filipino fighter became increasingly desperate as the bout slipped away, but his crude attempts to land combinations were easily evaded by the wily Vazquez.

Gesta needed a late knockout to preserve his perfect record and it never looked likely as Vazquez skipped out of trouble and replied with right hands.

Vazquez's victory keeps him in contention for unification fights in a division that includes Scottish world champion Ricky Burns and American star Adrien Broner.

On the same bill, Javier Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) defeated Ireland's Patrick Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs) on points 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113 to claim the interim WBA featherweight championship.

Former Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa won his fight, giving rapper 50 Cent a victory in his debut as a boxing promoter.

Gamboa, fighting for the first time in more than a year, survived a ninth-round knockdown to take a unanimous 12-round decision over Michael Farenas of the Philippines to win the WBA interim super featherweight title.

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