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Donaire vs Vazquez Being Positioned For New York Clash

by Dennis 'dSource' Guillermo

They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere else in the world.

As for Nonito Donaire, Jr. (27-1-0, 18KOs), his "Welcome to New York" party was crashed by a party-pooper named Omar Narvaez last October. Not that Narvaez defeated him, actually, Donaire scored a shutout win against the then-undefeated Argentinian World Champion. And as much as that sounds like a successful outing for most fighters and most cities, mind you, we are talking about Donaire and New York.

Donaire wanted to put on a show so badly for the New York crowd that packed Madison Square Garden to see him, that he considered the shutout win against an undefeated and long-tenured World Champ in Narvaez a disappointment and apologized to the crowd after the fight. Narvaez was defensive the entire fight and refused to engage and put himself in harm's way.

Leave it up to promoter Bob Arum to find the silver lining.

With the positive response of the New York boxing fan base toward Donaire last October, Arum announced in New York this week that he is looking to bring back Donaire to "The Theater" inside Madison Square Garden, the same place where Donaire beat Narvaez last Oct. 22.

This time, he'll be tapping a fighter that will surely come to fight in 28-year-old former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (21-1-1, 18KOs) of Puerto Rico, and the fight is likely to land in February 2012.

Vasquez is the son of former World Champ Wilfredo Vasquez, and suffered the first defeat of his career last May against Jorge Arce via 12th round TKO loss, in a fight that he was winning. Vasquez dropped Arce in the fourth round and was leading in the judges' scorecards prior to Arce's late rally in the final 3 rounds.

Vasquez bounced back from that loss with a 3rd-round KO win over Roberto Leyva in Puerto Rico last October.

Aside from his desire for redemption, Vasquez will be bringing with him the backing of the huge Puerto Rican boxing fan base in New York, in a fight that will surely create a lot of buzz and fireworks inside the ring. Vasquez is a definite threat and will bring power, youth and a lot of pressure against Donaire, who will be moving up to 122 for the first time.

Back from a month long vacation in the Philippines for his church wedding with wife Rachel, Donaire started training for the first time yesterday, Nov. 29 at a local Las Vegas gym. "It felt great!" Donaire said.

As a foot note, Donaire also gets a chance to avenge countryman Marvin Sonsona's humiliating 4th round KO loss to Vasquez in Puerto Rico back in Feb. of 2007, wherein Sonsona was being trained by Donaire's father, Nonito Donaire, Sr.

Dennis 'dSource' Guillermo is a prolific boxing writer. Follow him on Twitter , and for an archive of his work  click here . You e-mail him at  [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 12-01-2011

[QUOTE=-Kev-;11497544]Why is Vazquez Jr not being build up more intelligently? Does Arum not care about him? He carefully picks his superstars opponents and matches them to their favor. So he must not think much of WVjr. I think Vazquez losing…

Comment by booshay on 12-01-2011

I d like to see Donaire Vs rigondeaux that would be one to watch but i think donaire will avoid him if not he should................:killyou:

Comment by JOM'S on 12-01-2011

I would rather have arce but this will do and February is good sched for Nonito's next fight...

Comment by Hougigo on 12-01-2011

Who's going to this? Hit me up, we can chill before the fight

Comment by johncods on 12-01-2011

Good fight. Donaire got this tho.

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