Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Vazquez Jr. vs. Marquez Confirmed, Aug 4 In Puerto Rico

By Jake Donovan

A recent announcement from PR Best Boxing Promotions confirmed a previous breaking news report from Boxingscene , that former champions Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and Rafael Marquez will meet August 4 at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

The bout – which headlines an independent pay-per-view telecast – figures to be the latest entry in the rich tradition of memorable in-ring wars between Puerto Rico and Mexico.

“It’s all set,” promoter Peter Rivera confirmed in a statement. “On August 4 in Puerto Rico, Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez will face for the WBO International title in Puerto Rico in another “war” between Puerto Rico and Mexico.”

Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18KO) raced to the top of the 122 lb. ranks, capturing a major title in just his 19th pro fight, despite being forced to learn on the job due to a lack of an amateur background. The second generation prize fighter turned heads with his title-winning 4th round knockout of Marvin Sonsona in Feb. ’10, just over three years into his pro career.

Two successful defenses followed before Vazquez Jr. fell prey to a resurgent Jorge Arce last May. Vazquez Jr. was holding his own throughout, but struggled down the stretch and was battered in the final round before being rescued by his father and trainer Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. 

The loss to Arce began a difficult stretch for hard-hitting Boricua, who has now lost two of his last three. He enters this bout on the heels of a split decision loss to Nonito Donaire earlier this year.

One-half of one of the most accomplished brother acts in boxing history, Marquez (41-7, 37KO) continues to hover around at age 37. The former two-division champ believes he still has more to the game even after leading what has arguably been a Hall of Fame career.

Marquez captured titles the hard way, knocking off Tim Austin and Israel Vazquez to truly earn the championship label. His March ‘07 win over Vazquez ignited what is universally recognized as among the greatest in-ring rivalries ever. 

Unfortunately for Marquez, the first fight was followed by two straight defeats, suffering a stoppage loss in the rematch and a split decision defeat in their epic March ’08 war. Both fighters stepped away from the game after their third fight, but returned a year later. Marquez has since won four of his last six, including a stoppage win over a shot Vazquez in their fourth fight two years ago.

A third title reign has been on Marquez’ mind since returning to the ring in May ’09, but he has fallen short in failed bids against Juan Manuel Lopez and Toshiaki Nishioka.

Tickets for the fight – ranging from $20 to $250 - go on sale Friday and will be available through Ticketcenter, online (www.tcpr.com) or on-the-line (787-792-5000). A press conference is being planned next week in Puerto Rico to formally announce the fight.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments via e-mail
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fceeviper on 06-15-2012

Marquez better KHO, he's not getting a decision in PR. [B][SIZE="5"][COLOR="Red"]WARAFA!![/COLOR][/SIZE][/B] :boxing:

Comment by mannygati on 06-15-2012

good fight i hope is haymaker fight thruought

Comment by spyvsspy on 06-15-2012

Vazquez wins...those who think Marquez wins are delusional. That old jalopy has too many war torn miles to go 12 with wv2 and win

Comment by JrRod on 06-14-2012

I like this fight. Potential FOTY candidate here. For those of you saying Marquez is done, remember he gave a good account of himself before hurting his shoulder and quitting against Lopez. He did the same for Nishioka.

Comment by NachoMan on 06-14-2012

Leave the fighting to big brother. Rafa is shot.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (27)
Top Headlines Photos: Joe Smith Getting in Top Form For Sullivan Barrera Fortune Tears Apart Horn: He's Just an Opponent, No Dog in Him Photos: Alexander Povetkin Putting in Work For Rudenko Randall Bailey Backs Pacquiao: I've Not Seen Special Factor in Horn Ivan Dychko, Olympic Medal Winner, Decides To Go Pro Photos: Robert Easter, Denis Shafikov - Go Face To Face Victor Ortiz vs. Saul Corral Finalized - PBC on FS1, July 30 Pacquiao: Canelo-GGG is Real Fight, Mayweather-McGregor is Not Miguel Flores vs. Chris Avalos - PBC on FS1, July 18 Roach Laughs at Horn's Record: Who The F*** is Randall Bailey? Photos: Artur Szpilka, Adam Kowancki - Go Face To Face Billy Joe Saunders Drops Adam Booth, Hires Dominic Ingle Taras Shelestyuk Training Hard With Joel Diaz For Return Rey Vargas vs. Ronny Rios Added To Cotto-Kamegai Joshua-Klitschko II - Frontrunner is Las Vegas, Says Hearn Horn's Trainer: Brutal KO Loss to Marquez 'Haunts' Pacquiao Ward-Kovalev Rematch Replay Peaked at 947K Viewers on HBO Claressa Shields vs. Nikki Adler For WBC Title, August 4 on ShoBox De La Hoya: I Actually Hope Mayweather-McGregor is Good Fight Rigondeaux: I'll Sign Contract For Magdaleno Faster Than UPS! Easter: I'll Make it Look Easy and Will Be First To KO Shafikov Mikey Garcia: I'd Be 'A Huge Star in Boxing' If Not for Long Layoff Horn, Promoter Slam Pacquiao For Texting During Entire Presser An Opportunity for Jerwin Ancajas To Impress on Pacquiao Card UK News: Scott Fitzgerald, Ryan Burnett, Ted Cheeseman Roach Warns Horn: This is Going To Be a Short and Sweet KO! Hassan N’Dam vs. Ryota Murata Rematch - Purse Bid on July 7 Jamie Cox, Erik Skoglund Join World Boxing Super Series WBC Prez Smiles To Canelo: We Will Still Sanction Golovkin Bout! Romero Duno Heads To United States To Train For Next Fight Photos: Pacquiao, Horn - Go Face To Face at Final Presser! Ryan Martin: Time To Prove That I'm a Real Deal Fighter Giovanni Santillan is Aiming To Knock Sammy Valentin Out Hopkins on GGG: There Will Be Blood, Mostly on Canelo's Shorts Miguel Cruz Drops Alex Martin Twice, Wins Decision in Rematch Nacho Believes Golden Boy Won't Allow Cotto-Marquez Clash Abel Sanchez: Shafikov Has "Extremely Tough" Task With Easter Horn: I Like Being Told I Stand No Chance Against Pacquiao Bob Arum: Blame Me if Pacquiao-Horn Isn't a Competitive Fight! Diego De La Hoya Ready For Battle in San Luis, Argentina
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement