Edward Vazquez or “Kid” as he is known walked out of the ring at the Viejas Casino in Alpine California with his “O” still in place, scoring a wide decision victory over a fellow unbeaten prospect, Brandon “2 smooth” Cruz on the co-main event on the Palicte-Martinez card. The great Roy Jones Jr and was ringside and WBO 140 pound champ “Mighty Mo” Maurice Hooker was sitting front row, both champs and the soldout crowd all reached the same verdict, Edward Vazquez is the real deal and will be a force in the featherweight division for years to come. In what was a battle of highly touted undefeated featherweight prospects, Vazquez dominated Cruz and spoiled his homecoming and snatched his “O”. At 6-0 and barely 23-years old Vazquez has beaten two undefeated fighters in a row and has forged ahead forcing his way onto the 126-pound scene.
The Kid has certainly not been fed the typical menu of tomato cans and soft-touches we usually seen fed to blue-chip prospects at this stage in their career. Vazquez, a Fort Worth native, is no ordinary talent and his promotional outfit Roy Jones Jr promotions is fully aware of this. Vazquez and Roy Jones Jr promotions have two-years left on their deal together and both share a common goal, make “The Kid” a world champion by the time his contract expires.
Getting the Texas prospect to a world title within two years is an aggressive game plan but its certainly not unreasonable or out of the question. Vazquez is an aggressive, strong, solidly built, come forward featherweight. However, he also possesses excellent boxing skills and has lightning quick reflexes with excellent head movement that gives him the rare ability to not only beat people up on the inside but win rounds on the outside as well.
Vazquez thinks he is destined to be a world champ and his time is inevitable. Coming from a fighting family he started boxing when he was only seven years old and had a very successful 90-fight amateur career. Following the amateur success, he took a year off and trained for 365 days, no days off, without a fight. Just training, sharpening and fine-tuning his skills before turning pro. It’s that discipline and ring IQ he picked up from a lifetime in the ring that has given Vazquez the confidence and belief in himself that he is completely comfortable in calling out anyone and everyone. The undefeated prospect says his skills are better than those of the highly regarded Brandon Figueroa, whom he is well acquainted with from the amateurs and he called out Luis Alberto Lopez, who recently pulled a massive upset, over Ray Ximenez who happens to be a stablemate, personal friend, as well as a fellow north Texas native and captured the WBO international title.
Texas has become a hotbed for boxing talent, the Lone Star state is producing top-notch, blue-chip prospects at an alarming rate. Brandon Figueroa, Vergil Ortiz, Mario Barrios, Kendo Castaneda, Joshua Franco, and Hector Tanajara are all Texans. Vazquez is in that group. “The Kid’s” star is just as bright as any of those other names. And fortunately for fight fans in the lone star state and all over the world, Roy Jones Jr and his promotional team recognize the tremendous amount of talent and the high ring IQ and are not afraid to push Vazquez to a world title by 2020 and make him the promotional companies first big-time superstar.