Zabala: Vazquez vs Arce is Close, But Not Done Yet

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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by the mesiah on 01-16-2011

unless its a crazy crazy low ball offer than i can see where they are coming from, but its on the undercard of pac fight. its not like he is fighting a REAL danger,a guy with a lot of heart…

Comment by gibo on 01-15-2011

Tuto Zabala doesn't take no sh*t!!! No matter what promoter he's dealing with, he stands up for his fighters and gets the best offer for them! It would be great if all promoters, like Zabala, looked after their fighters instead…

Comment by [email protected] on 01-15-2011

arum expose as a liar again

Comment by AP♠ on 01-14-2011

If vazquez was smart he'd do it more for the draw

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 01-14-2011

this should be under the cotto card wv2 will ktfo ARCE

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