Janiel Rivera Outpoints Vazquez, Eyes Menayothin Next

By Jake Donovan

Janiel Rivera moves one step closer to securing a second crack at a major title after outpointing Israel Vazquez over 10 rounds Saturday evening in Caguas, Puerto Rico. 

With the win, Rivera moves into position to eventually challenge reigning unbeaten strawweight champion Wanheng Menayothin. 

The bout - which co-promoter Hector Soto described to as the most significant in the young history of Univision Puerto Rico's Boxeo Al Maximo series to date - was largely in Rivera's favor for much of the night. Vazquez had his moments but was largely outgunned by the more seasoned Rivera, who prevailed by scores of 97-92, 98-91 and 97-91. 

Rivera improves to 13-2-3 (7KOs) and is unbeaten in his last four starts. The win was his first in Puerto Rico since Nov. '13, having fought in his previous four bouts before heading home Saturday evening. 

Included on the road trip was a knockout loss to Adrian Hernandez in Feb. '14, in a failed bid to capture a junior flyweight belt.

It's likely his next fight will take place on the road, particularly if he is to face Menayothin, the top-rated strawweights whose wealthy backers allow him to continue to defend his title at home in Thailand.

Vazquez drops his third straight, falling to 9-3-2. The 28-year old hails from a fighting family; his brother Wilfredo Jr. and father Wilfredo Sr. are former champions. 

On the undercard, Jantony Ortiz remained unbeaten after pulverizing Luis Cosme. The bout was stopped when Cosme was unable to come out for round three. Ortiz - who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 London Olympics - moves to 5-0 (3KOs). His pro debut came last June at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on the undercard of mentor and promoter Miguel Cotto's historic World middleweight championship win over Sergio Martinez. 

Jake Donovan is the managing editor of Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Callum Smith: I'd Rather Wait and Fight Groves, Not Eubank Jr. Eric Molina Suspended By UK Anti-Doping For Failed Test Gilberto Ramirez vs. Roamer Angulo Lands on BoxNation News: Darragh Foley, Armin Mrkanovic, Thomas vs. Bunting Alex Saucedo Expects Big Crowd For Home Fight With Lenny Z Mayweather Certain Stevenson Will Fade in Jack Rematch, Too Bradley: Mikey Garcia is a Dangerous Fight For Lomachenko Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton Could Go To Neutral Territory Trainer: McDonnell Very Prepared, in Form For Naoya Inoue Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is Alleged To Have Beaten Man at Gas Station Wilder Dares Joshua To Back Up "F*** Him Up Bad" Boast Jono Carroll Believes He Has The Edge Over Declan Geraghty Errol Spence: Tank Davis Would Smoke Lomachenko! Luke Campbell Hopes a Rematch is Finalized With Yvan Mendy Virgil Hill Discusses The 175 Landscape, Stevenson vs. Jack Coach: Pacquiao Punished Buboy, He'll Be Ready For Matthysse Tyson Fury Plans To Pursue a Medical Career After Boxing Celestino Caballero To Be Released From Prison Carlos Cuadras Leaves Rehab, Ready To Get Back in The Mix David Benavidez vs. Anthony Dirrell Ordered By The WBC Manager: GGG Avoided Derevyanchenko on 5/5 & They Know It Photos: Canelo Shows Off His Trimmed Down Physique Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith Talks Continue To Play Out Gvozdyk Not Stepping Aside, Ready For Adonis Stevenson Shot Avni Yildirim vs. Lolenga Mock Set For September 15, Germany Roy Jones: Joshua Should Take 1, 2 More Fights - Then Get Wilder CompuBox: Inside The Numbers - Stevenson-Jack, Russell-Diaz Josh Taylor Confident He'll Beat Postol, Secure Jose Ramirez Shot News: Antonio Tarver, Steele Beats Upsher, Charlotte Results Weekend Review: Stevenson vs. Jack Excites, Warrington Too Carl Frampton Welcomes Josh Warrington Showdown Jack: Stevenson Would've Gone Down if I Had 5, 10 More Seconds Mayweather: Judges Must Score More Than 30 Seconds of Rounds Joe Joyce To Return on June 15 at York Hall Lee Selby Eyes Weight Move To 130 After Losing IBF World Title Josh Warrington In Pole Position To Land Frampton Showdown Joshua: I'll Rain Down Hell on Wilder, F*** Him Up Real Bad Nico Hernandez Continues To Win Big With First Round Stoppage Jose Benavidez Aims To Secure Terence Crawford Showdown Gary Russell: I Want To Unify Next or Move Up in Weight

Latest Active Forum Threads