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Friday, October 25, 2013
Vazquez-Diaz fight canceled

By Salvador Rodriguez
ESPNDeportes.com

Miguel Vazquez was scheduled to defend his lightweight title against Panama's Ammeth Diaz on Saturday in Tijuana, but the fight was canceled because Diaz refused to travel to Mexico.

After losing to Vazquez 20 months ago, Diaz seemed motivated to step in the ring again with his rival to try to reclaim the title. But according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, Diaz decided to stay home because he wasn't happy with the purse.

Now, Daniel Rosas will face former junior bantamweight belt holder Juan Alberto Rosas in a bantamweight bout that will serve as the main event in Tijuana.

"I'm happy to fight again in Tijuana, where people have been really nice to me," Daniel Rosas said. "This is a fight that will help me get closer to a world title shot. Juan Alberto Rosas is a tough opponent, he is experienced, but my training camp was really good and I'm confident that I will win this fight."

Added Juan Alberto Rosas: "The fans will witness a great fight -- his style fits mine -- but I don't think he can keep up with me. I want to become world champion again, and in order to do so, I must win this fight first."

Zanfer Promotions will look for another ranked fighter in hopes of finding a challenger to face Vazquez before the end of the year. One of the best would-be candidates, Terrence Crawford, is out of the picture because he is being lined up to challenge another 135-pound titleholder in Ricky Burns.