Team Vazquez Very Confident About Shocking Donaire

By Keith Idec

The last time a fighter named Wilfredo Vazquez came to San Antonio as an underdog, the elder Vazquez upset Hall-of-Famer Orlando Canizales at Freeman Coliseum.

Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. and co-promoter Felix “Tutico” Zabala expect Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. to pull off another upset when he encounters Nonito Donaire on Feb. 4 at Alamodome.

“We’re very happy,” Zabala said. “We were here 17 years ago with Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., as a 10-1 underdog, fighting Orlando Canizales at the Freeman Coliseum on HBO. And we won the fight. And we surprised everybody, and we beat the best bantamweight in the world back then. And now, coming Feb. 4, we’re planning to do the same thing. We’re going surprise the boxing world and Wilfredo’s going to regain his WBO junior featherweight title.”

Vazquez Sr. was 34 and past his prime when he beat Mexico’s Canizales, then 29, by split decision to win the WBA super bantamweight championship on Jan. 7, 1995. The Puerto Rican icon’s son is 27, very much in his prime, but Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) is a powerful three-division champion who is generally regarded as one of the top 10 pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

“We’ve been training hard for three months,” said Vazquez Sr., who trains his son. “Now the strong part of the training is coming. We’re very confident [about] winning the title. We’re going to surprise everybody and we’re going to take the title back to Puerto Rico.”

The Donaire-Vazquez fight, a 12-rounder for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title Vazquez (21-1-1, 18 KOs) lost to Jorge Arce on May 7, will open an HBO “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader Feb. 4. The main event will pit the son of an even more famous fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs), in a mandatory WBC middleweight title defense against fellow Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KOs).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheMexHurricane on 01-05-2012

[SIZE="4"][COLOR="Red"]Good luck carnalito! 1) Donaire doesn't have Arce's chin 2) Donaire doesn't have Arce's stamina 3) Flyweight Montiel didn't have WV2's power 4) Flyweight Montiel didn't have WV2's speed 5) Flyweight Montiel didn't have WV2's reach You never know:boxing::boxing::boxing:[/COLOR][/SIZE]

Comment by Evil Abed on 01-05-2012

Very interesting to see how Donaire handles someone about his own size.

Comment by PureBoxingCEO on 01-05-2012

Where is Donaire's ''skills''? Why people say Donaire has skills. What skills? he is quick and have good stamina. I dont think he doesnt have chin at all to handle Vazquez Jr power. Vazuqez Jr has better skills than Donaire

Comment by The Gambler1981 on 01-05-2012

Vazquez has some skills but really he doesn't keep it tight, which cost him greatly against Arce and will likely be deadly against Donaire. Vazquez might start out alright landing some good punches, but I don't think he has enough…

Comment by JOM'S on 01-05-2012

[QUOTE=nutz_n_ya_face;11632303]vazquez isn't the same level as donaire. size dont win fights, skills does. even if donaire couldn't break an egg his skills alone still beats vazquez sr and jr.[/QUOTE] that's vazquez problem donaire could also hit!

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