By Jhonny Gonzalez
Puerto Rican promoter Felix 'Tutico' Zabala Jr. has denied reports that he reached an agreement in principle with the promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank for Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. to defend his 122-pound World Boxing Organization (WBO) title against veteran Jorge 'Travieso' Arce on May 7 in Las Vegas. The fight is poised to take place on the pay-per-view undercard to Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley.
Arum had said in a recent interview that he reached a deal in principle for Vazquez-Arce and all that was left were the contracts being signed. Zabala says an offer was made by Arum, but he was trying to get a little bit more for his fighter.
"I was a bit upset about that news because the fight is not done," Zabala said to Jose Sanchez. "Bob Arum did make us an offer this week, but we did not accept it. There is a lot of interest on both sides to put it on May 7, but nothing is signed yet. We are trying to get a little more than was offered. We want to fight Arce and also get the exposure of fighting on Pacquiao's undercard. But my job is to get the best for Vazquez."