T.N.T. Chat Transcript: Israel Vazquez

Original chat session on September 7, 2006


T.N.T. Chat Transcript: Israel Vazquez

"We've been working very hard in the gym, but I feel I'm stronger and the fight will end early."

thehype: Boxingtalk would like to welcome Israel Vazquez to tonight's T.N.T. chat session

Titlebelt: Israel, Great to have you here on BoxingTalk. Are you anticipating Jhonny Gonzalez to be your toughest fight to date?

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: No, he's a good fighter, but I've already fought better fighters than him.

nardfan: Thanks for coming through Israel.After watching Gonzalez fight with Montiel,what do you think will be his most dangerous weapon?

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: His left hand is his best hand. He has a good left hand, but we've been working to overcome that. But we're working very hard in the gym for this fight.

Pretty_boy: israel huge fan!!! Would you ever fight ponce de leon or are u headed towards 130??? looking forward to u making easy work of johnny johnny

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: There's always a possibility to fight him, but my outlook after we beat Jhonny is to move up to 126 before we move up to 130

Titlebelt: Israel, What weaknesses do you see in Gonzalez that you'll be looking forward to exploit September 16?

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: He's a good fighter and a good opponent. We've been working very hard in the gym, but I feel I'm stronger and the fight will end early.

nardfan: Israel,you've had some very tough fights with Larios.What did you think of his performance against Manny?

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: It was a good fight, but he did move up two weight divisions and his chances of winning were slim. But he did the best he could and gave Pacquiao a good fight.

Pretty_boy: in your last fight i was very impressed with your physique what kind of conditioning do you do??? by the way the tko of larios was classic

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: Thank you very much. I work very hard on conditioning and this fight coming up you'll see me in even better shape than my last fight. It's all about working real hard with my conditioning coach in the gym.

where_is_mayweather: You a good fighter Israel whats ur key to sucess. And how do u feel about Mayweather as a fighter

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: Thank you. Mayweather has everything. He's a natural fighter and he's the best fighter and the pound for pound champion as far as I'm concerned.

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: There is nothing he can't do.

Antonio00: Who do you like in the main event , Barrera or Juarez


Titlebelt: Israel, Who do you feel won the Toney vs. Peter matchup Saturday night?

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: It was a very close fight, but I thought Toney should have won. He did more clean counter punchers and made him miss a lot.

nardfan: Israel,give me the top 5 fighters you enjoy watching.

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Arturo Gatti and Barrera and Pacquiao.

hhcielo: do u see yourself fightin larios again in da future

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: No. I fought him three times and I think I made everything clear in our last fight so there's no reason fighting him again.

nardfan: Israel,how important is it for Mexican fighters to learn English in the states?

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: It's hard, but I understand a lot of English and one day I look forward to being able to speak English fluently.

Pretty_boy: israel after this fight who are you going after if not ponce de leon??

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: I would first like to get over this fight and then sit down with my manager Frank Espinoza and Sycuan to see what's out there. I'm looking forward to going up to 126 and seeing what's up there for me.

hhcielo: is there a future fight between u and pacquiao or morales if he pulls off the win

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: Yes, I would love to fight those names to increase my name and I would love to take a fight with either one of those great fighters

Titlebelt: Israel, With Gonzalez holding a height and reach advantage over you, can we expect you to do much of your fighting on the inside?

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: He's tall and he's got long arms and fighting inside would be to my benefit, but if I have to change strategies, I could do that too. But my game plan is to apply pressure.

thehype: Boxingtalk would like to thank Israel Vazquez for taking time out to chat with us tonight

ISRAEL_VAZQUEZ: I want to thank all of the fans for coming out to talk with me tonight. I want to thank Golden Boy and Sycuan for this opportunity and I look forward to taking my career to another level begninning with this fight. Thanks for having me, talk with you after my victory.