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Oquendo ready for Telemundo showdown with Avila

Boxeo Telemundo will make its 2014 debut this Friday with a real exciting one as Puerto Rican Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (23-3, 16 KOs) takes on Mexican Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (12-1, 9 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 in association with PR Best boxing Promotions (PRBBP), which will be broadcast on Telemundo’s successful series Boxeo Telemundo Ford.

Both fighters share a common opponent in former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Though Vazquez Jr. was victorious each fighter gave Vazquez Jr. all he could handle. Oquendo aims to prove that he is up for the current task at hand and recently spoke to Fightnews as he is now days away from the fight.

You both fought former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez extremely tough in defeat. Do you think Avila may feel a mental edge knowing he went the distance where you were stopped inside the distance after a gallant effort?

Boxing fans and especially the ones in Puerto Rico know that I was coming off of a recent serious motor accident and suffered serious injuries and a tragedy. I still fought well but mentally and physically I was not ready 100 percent. I am 100 percent now.

The Mexico vs Puerto Rico boxing rivalry has been long standing in boxing. How big of a factor is that for you going into this fight?

I know the fans and media like to get into that but for me it doesn’t matter who is across the ring. I will still fight the same.

Do you feel winning the WBO Latino super bantamweight title will be the stepping stone you need to get back into world title contention?

I do believe this. I was number one in the world prior to the accident but I have to move forward now. I have to stay focused and get this victory and the title.

Both of you have very respectable knockout percentages. Do you feel you have an edge in punching power?

That is something we both will find out once we engage because you really can’t judge something like that until you actually exchange punches.

How important is it for you that Telemundo will air the bout not only in your own country but the U.S. as well?

I have fought on Telemundo shows in the past and I’m very appreciative to them for this opportunity to fight on their network in the main event. I’m looking to get my career back on track in pursuit of a world title.

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