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Vazquez Jr. Will Be a Big Step For Donaire, Says Arum

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum predicts the clash between Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr of Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas on February 4 “should be a tremendous fight.”

Donaire who won the WBC/WBO bantamweight title with a sensational 2nd round TKO over highly favored Mexican Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel on February 19, 2011 and then scored a shutout twelve round decision against two division world champion Omar Narvez of Argentina at The Theater of Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2011 has been training hard under Robert Garcia who warned that it won't be an easy fight..

Donaire who is following the path laid out by eight division world champion and Ring Magazine pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao had earlier won the IBF/IBO flyweight title with a smashing 5th round demolition of Australia’s Vic Darchinyan and then captured the WBA super flyweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over an overweight Rafael Concepcion on August 15, 2008 before sealing his title bid with an 8th round TKO of Mexico’s Hernan Marquez on July 10, 2011.

Coincidentally, it was on that same fight card in Puerto Rico that Vazquez Jr scored a 4th round knockout of former WBO super flyweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona to win the 122 pound crown..

Arum noted that Vazquez who lost his title to Mexican warrior Jorge “Travieso” Arce was “beating Arce most of that fight but Arce caught him in the last round and knocked him out..”

He said “I think this fight (against Vazquez Jr) is going to be a big step for Nonito."

Arum disclosed that should Donaire win he would look to arrange a fight against Arce and then WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan. He said he plans to promote one of those two fights at the new Mall of Asia stadium and that HBO Sports had agreed to send a crew to the Philippines to cover the fight on a Sunday morning.

Arum said that based on the early ticket sales “we expect a huge crowd” since WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesaar Chavez Jr will defend his title against Marco Antonio Rubio “who can really punch and that should be a great fight.”

Chavez’ strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that he was “very happy with the way Chavez is coming along. He is working very hard because he knows that this is going to the fight that is going to take him to the super fights against Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Saul Alvarez.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Fantastic on 01-12-2012

[QUOTE=PureBoxingCEO;11659485]Tell me how Donaire is a good boxer. He only has speed and power. [B]Vazquez Jr has superior boxing skills.[/B] Dont be blind man.[/QUOTE] Lord have mercy on this poor soul!!!!!! :rofl: Vazquez lacks some basics bro. He has crappy…

Comment by PureBoxingCEO on 01-12-2012

[QUOTE=Mr. Fantastic;11658763]And people wonder why they don't take you people seriously here unless it's your fellow morons. But yet we're called "haters" for calling you out with stupid comments like the bold.[/QUOTE] Tell me how Donaire is a good boxer.…

Comment by savorduhflavor on 01-12-2012

I'm legitamitely concerned for WV2's health. He's going to get knockd out cold.

Comment by Mr. Fantastic on 01-12-2012

[QUOTE=PureBoxingCEO;11658720][B]I will say it again, Vazquez Jr has more boxing skills than Donaire.[/B] But Donaire has more power and speed. In this fight WV2 will outbox Donaire and KO him between the 10 and 12 rds. And everyone will be…

Comment by Mr. Fantastic on 01-12-2012

[QUOTE=El [email protected]@PR;11656297]Agreed, and not to mentioned that Vazquez like the other 2 you mentioned didnt had any Amateur experience at all!![/QUOTE] You contradict yourself so many times because of your fanatical love for PR boxers. I thought Donaire wasn't that…

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