DiBella Leisure has inked a promotional settlement with rising featherweight contender Edward “Child” Vazquez (14-1, 3 KOs), from Fort Price, TX.
Vazquez hails from a preventing household. His grandfather and uncle have been each fighters, together with a number of cousins. On his seventh birthday, Vazquez requested his father to take him to the native boxing gymnasium in Fort Price; a birthday current that will change the trajectory of his life.
This journey to the gymnasium would result in a formidable beginner report of 82-8, together with eight Fort Price Golden Gloves gold medals, a Texas Golden Gloves gold medal, a win on the Ringside World Championships and a runner-up spot within the 2012 Junior Olympics in Cellular, AL.
At 18, and recent out of highschool, Vazquez was transitioning to show skilled and traveled up the coast of California on the lookout for sparring and inspiration. He discovered each, spending time coaching and sparring with Oscar Valdez and Ryan Garcia, amongst others. Vazquez made his skilled debut in 2016, profitable a unanimous determination versus Willie Miller.
He has been together with his present coach, Ray Barrera, out of FHG Boxing Fitness center, in Fort Price, ever since his third professional battle. Vazquez would go on to win 11 bouts earlier than struggling his lone defeat by the hands of Raymond Ford in February 2022. It was a battle that will lead to a extremely controversial win for Ford, who’s now rated within the prime 10 by three of the foremost sanctioning our bodies.
Vazquez rebounded from that cut up determination loss with two wins to shut out the 12 months.
In March 2020, Vazquez’s life would change dramatically with the beginning of his daughter, Saylor. The pandemic was simply getting underway, and turning into a father was each exhilarating and scary for the younger fighter.
“It compelled me to degree up,” Vazquez mentioned. “I all the time knew I might make it occur with boxing, however now I’ve to as a result of I’ve my daughter.”
In December 2022, Vazquez would get the decision to battle DiBella prospect Misael Lopez on Showtime’s “ShoBox” sequence.
“I used to be hesitant to take the battle as a result of I knew I might be coming in because the ‘B-side,’” mentioned Vazquez. “I used to be robbed in my battle versus Raymond Ford, and didn’t need that to occur once more, however I in the end accepted the battle.
“It was , action-packed battle,” Vazquez continued. “He positively examined my IQ. He was sport, and wasn’t going to again down. He was coming to beat me and was 100% assured he was going to take action. I spoiled the plan.”
Vazquez would earn a cut up determination win towards Lopez after 10 rounds of motion, on February 17, 2023, on the Stormont Vail Occasion Heart, in Topeka, KS.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Edward Vazquez,” mentioned Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Leisure. “He’s the most effective featherweights on the earth and he proved that when he beat Raymond Ford, it doesn’t matter what the scorecards learn. Ford’s now #2 on the earth and regardless of the zero on his report, Edward Vazquez beat him on worldwide tv.
“An attention-grabbing and well-spoken child, Edward has the potential to be a world champion. He needs to be undefeated and extremely world ranked proper now. This was a no brainer signing for DiBella Leisure.”
“I’m so excited to be part of DiBella Leisure,” mentioned Vazquez of the signing. “We’ve labored our total lives to land a take care of somebody as outstanding as Lou DiBella. I’ve been preventing for nearly 21 years. It’s been a grind. You’re probably not positive if it’s going to repay and it lastly looks as if it’s going to repay.
“Now, we lastly have the platform to go after the highest 10 featherweights, the highest 20 guys,” Vazquez continued. “Lou is lastly the man that may get me within the door. I’m coming for them.”
“We knew we had one thing particular going into the battle with Lopez,” mentioned DKO Boxing’s Dave Dubinsky, who manages Vazquez together with Jim Kurtz. “We’re thrilled that Lou sees what we do in Vazquez, and we’re wanting ahead to working with DiBella Leisure to take Edward to the subsequent degree.”