Boxeo Telemundo begins its 25th year on the air this Friday when Mexican Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (12-1, 9 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (23-3, 16 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latino super bantamweight title at stake. Site of the fightcard will be the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, Promoting will be All Star Boxing presentation, in association with PR Best boxing Promotions (PRBBP), which will be broadcast on Telemundo’s successful series Boxeo Telemundo Ford. The 21 year old Avila opened a lot of eyes with his performance against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last year in a main event aired by Boxeo Telemundo. Though Vazquez Jr. left with the decision, it was Avila who made some new fans with his spirited effort. Fightnews spoke with Avila just shortly after he arrived to Florida from his flight from Mexico Tuesday evening.
You’re only 21 years old yet you seem quite advanced in the ring for your age. What was the extent of your amateur career?
Actually I took up boxing just three years ago and that includes my amateur and professional career. I only had 12 amateur fights.
During the build up for this fight much has been said about how both of you faired against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez. What did you get from that fight for you personally?
Watching the fight again, I actually think the fight at worst should have been a draw. I could have kept my defense tighter for sure. What really hurt me was that when I felt I slipped in the last round I was informed the judges scored it as a knockdown. After the fight Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. was very supportive to me telling me that one loss doesnt mean anything and that my future was bright. Vazquez Jr. actually told me he felt very fortunate that he was able to beat me on this night.
Did you see a video of when Oquendo fought Vazquez Jr?
Yes I did see that fight. He fought real well at times but was a bit careless with his defense. That’s something that I will need to capitalize on in this fight.
Based on what you have seen of Oquendo, do you feel you will be the bigger puncher in this fight?
My style is to go toe-to-toe. Thats how I like to fight. Vazquez Jr. told me after the fight that he felt my punches more than he did Nonito Donaire’s. So we’ll see come fight night who is actually the harder puncher.
Anything you would like to say in closing?
I’m just thankful to Telemundo for the exposure so that I can advance my career with a big win. I’m also thankful to my team and all the supporters from my hometown who will be watching.