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Vazquez living the American dream

Like many Mexican fighters before him, Israel Vazquez knew that if he was going to make it as a boxer, he'd have to move to the United States. Ten years later, the super bantamweight champion is living the American dream.

Originally Published: April 22, 2008
By Robert Morales | Special to ESPN.com

As a fighter early in his career, Israel Vazquez had a goal: to live the American dream.

Ten years ago, at the age of 20, he began that journey when he moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles.

Today, thanks to a combination of incredible courage and talent, Vazquez is realizing his dream in style. And he doesn't want anyone to awaken him.

"My American dream, I'm living it now," said Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs), who on March 1 won the rubber match of one of boxing's greatest ...

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