By Reynaldo Sanchez, photos by Alex Nunez
KISSIMMEE, FL – Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions hosted the official weigh-in ahead of throne boxing: Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. vs. Rafael Rivera which is set for Saturday, Dec. 5 from Osceola Heritage Park Exhibit Hall A in Kissimmee, Florida televised live on HBO Latino Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Former WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (24-1-5, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico and undefeated Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (20-0-2, 14 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico stepped on the scale ahead of their ten-round featherweight showdown this weekend.
Vazquez was 123.2-pounds and Rivera was 122.2.
Below is what the fighters had to say about their upcoming bouts.
WILFREDO VAZQUEZ JR., FORMER WBO JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION:
“I feel explosive and ready. I have that motivation that keeps me on. I’ve been working on my speed and movement just like I did when I began my career.
“Rivera is a classic Mexican fighter that will try to put pressure on me. We are ready to handle and take care of whatever he brings Saturday night.”
RAFAEL “BIG BANG” RIVERA, UNDEFEATED FEATHERWEIGHT:
“Just like my nickname says, I will be using my speed and my agility to win. I’m going to use all of the strategies I’ve been training with for the last two months.”
Alexander Brand 168.8
Medzhid Bektemirov 170.6
Luis Arias 158.8
Dinisio Miranda 163.6
Wellington Romero 142.6
Armando Meroles 141.6
Josean Figueroa 118.6
Antoney Napunyl 119
Angel Acosta 108.4
Felipe Rivas 108.8
Ricardo Rodriguez 118.4
Bryan Perez 118.6
Mike Melykian 137.2
Jimmy Rosario 135.8
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. vs. Rafael Rivera, a ten-round featherweight bout, takes place Saturday, Dec. 5 at Osceola Heritage Park Exhibit Hall A in Kissimmee, Florida. This throne boxing event is presented by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions and sponsored by Corporate Travel Management Solutions (ctms), Tequila Cazadores, Venue Kings and SportsLock. Also featured will be Alexander Brand vs. Medzhid Bektemirov in a ten-round light heavyweight bout which is presented in association with Camponovo Sports and Gary Shaw Productions. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO Latino beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets priced at $65 and $33, plus applicable service charges, are available for purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com and www.ohpark.com. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Osceola Heritage Park box office which is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 5 beginning at 8:00 a.m.