Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (27-1, 18KOs) vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18KOs), in the junior featherweight division, will be featured as one part of a doubleheader put on by Top Rank, who has dubbed this fight card “Welcome to the Future.” The other part will feature a WBC middleweight title bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31KOs) facing Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46KOs). The doubleheader will air on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9pm central.
Donaire, ranked third in the world among bantamweights, has vacated his WBO and WBC title belts with his move to the junior featherweight division. The southpaw has suffered only one loss in his career, losing the second bout of his professional career in 2001. Since then, he’s gone undefeated with wins over notables such as Vic Darchinyan, Moruti Mthalane, Fernando Montiel and Omar Andres Narvaez. Donaire isn’t wasting any time, taking on a skilled opponent in his first bout at junior featherweight for a chance to take home the vacant WBO title.
Vazquez Jr. is a skilled fighter who is currently ranked fourth in the world among junior featherweights. Since 2010, he has gone 4-1, with the loss coming against Jorge Arce on May 7, 2011. Vazquez Jr. knocked down his opponent in round four, but in the twelfth and final round, with fifty-five seconds to go, his corner threw in the towel as Vazquez Jr. lay against the ropes taking punches. This Saturday, Vazquez Jr. has a chance to reclaim the WBO title he lost to Arce, who has since vacated the title and currently holds a title in the bantamweight division.
In addition to the doubleheader, the fight card will also feature seven bouts on the undercard including Vanes Martirosyan (31-0, 19KOs) vs. Troy Lowry (28-11, 17KOs) in the junior middleweight division and Wale Omitoso (20-0, 17KOs) vs. Nestor Ramos (2-1, 1KO) in the welterweight division. All fights will take place in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome with doors opening at 6:30pm central.
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