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Q&A: Wilfredo Vázquez Jr.

Jose I. Perez Cabrera

WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his title this May 29th against unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary. The card is being titled ‘Undefeated Champions’ and will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The co-feature will have WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico defending against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala will promote the event.

Vázquez Jr. won his title this past March against former world champion Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines in his native Puerto Rico. The fact that Vázquez Jr. defeated Sonsona wasn’t such a shocker but it was the way that he stopped him; by way of a devastating 4th round knockout that opened many peoples eyes. Fightnews caught up with Vázquez Jr. as he was preparing for his upcoming bout.

How has your life changed since becoming world champion?

I’ve stayed exactly the same. I’m a very humble person and do not want to lose focus. Aside from winning the title, keeping it is the next hardest thing to do. I will admit that I’m getting a lot more attention now when I’m out and about. A lot more people request autographs and pictures which I’m more than willing to take the time out for them all.

There were those who thought you beating Sonsona in the manner that you did was quite surprising. What are your thoughts on that?

I’m very aware of the fact that a lot of people think I’m just a built up fighter but that’s fine with me. Let those who think like that continue to do so if they’d like. That’s fine by me. I’ll continue to stay hungry and wanting to improve.

Have you seen footage on your opponent?

I leave that to my father Wilfredo Vázquez Sr. as I trust in him %100 on the film study. It’s not something I make a habit of doing because you never know if the fighter you see on film will fight the exact same way when you fight him.

What are your thoughts on people saying you’re like a small and young version of Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad when he was beginning his championship reign?

It’s definitely an honor to be compared to such a legendary fighter but I still see myself as the same loyal husband and father working hard to provide for my family.

Tickets for ‘Undefeated Champions’ can be purchased by calling (787)792-5000 or online at www.tcpr.com. Tickets are priced at $25, $40, $75, $150, and $300. The Pay-Per-View cost will be $39.95 for all cable television and satellite systems in Puerto Rico and internationally.




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