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Costa Rica's world boxing champions win fights on the same night

Tico boxers Bryan “El Tiquito” Vásquez and Hanna Gabriels — husband and wife — on Saturday night both won their respective fights in Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Gabriels (13-1, 9 KOs), who took time off from boxing to give birth to the couple’s first daughter, took the World Boxing Organization’s World Female Light Middleweight title by a technical knockout against Mexican Paty “Elegante” Ramírez (10-1, 5 KOs), just 36 seconds into the second round of a fight held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at 7:30 p.m. Costa Rica time.

Two hours later in Quintana Roo, Mexico, her husband, “Tiquito” Vásquez (33-1, 17 KOs), also won his fight by a technical knockout against Mexican Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (30-3, 26 KOs).

Thompson refused to come out in the ninth round, following eight rounds clearly dominated by strong and fast punches by Tiquito.

The fight, set to 12 rounds, was Vásquez’s fifth defense of the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) Super featherweight (130 pounds) crown he won in San José in 2011. He has since held the interim WBA crown in 2011 and 2012, and most recently in 2013, when he defeated Rene González.

Last April, Tiquito won his fourth straight defense, handing José Félix Jr. his first professional loss via unanimous decision.

Despite winning the fight, the crown will be vacant as Vásquez prior to the fight registered a weight of 133 pounds. He will have to fight again to regain his title.

Contact L. Arias at larias@ticotimes.net

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