Q&A: Wilfredo Vázquez Jr.

Photo: Jose I. Perez Cabrera

Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) squares off against former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines (14-0-1, 12 KOs) this Saturday, February 27th. The bout will be the main event and take place at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The event titled ‘Making History’ is being presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing, Sampson Boxing LLC, and SGG Promotions.

You could say Vázquez Jr. has already beaten the odds with his success to date as a professional as he has done it without ever having fought as an amateur. Vázquez Jr. is now one victory away from making history. A Vázquez Jr. win Saturday night would make he and his father Wilfredo Vázquez Sr. the first father and son pair to have won a world title under the same promoter (Tuto Zabala). Fightnews spoke with Vázquez Jr. who is now just days away from his first world title fight.

How do you attribute your success as a professional being that you never fought as an amateur?

I became a fighter out of necessity. I have a daughter and wife to take care of and I fight to provide for them. My father has taught me well and I’m always eager to learn more from him. I very much appreciate all my father has done for me as well as I do my promoter Tuto Zabala who has guided my career properly.

Do you see yourself as the puncher in this bout?

I definitely feel that I will more than hold my own in any exchanges between Sonsona and I.

Do you feel that with Sonsona moving up two weight classes that you will have the natural weight advantage on him come Saturday?

It may appear that way on paper but I’m not entering the fight thinking that way. My mind set will be that we are both at an equal advantage entering our fight.

Do you feel any pressure fighting at home in front of your homeland of Puerto Rico?

I don’t feel pressured at all. I’m very much honored for the opportunity to win my first world title in my homeland.

Also featured on the televised card will be unbeaten 6’6″ cruiserweight giant Carlos Negron of Puerto Rico (7-0, 5 KOs) vs. Roy Ashworth, prospect Jonathan Oquendo (17-2, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a bout for the WBO Latino junior featherweight title, and the debut of the dynamic duo of Puerto Rico twins McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo.

The pay-per-view event will begin at 9pm ET/6pm PT on both cable and satellite. The PPV cost will be $34.95 and available in Puerto Rico, U.S., Canada, Philippines, Central and South America. Tickets can be purchased by calling (787) 792-5000 or online at Tickets are priced at $20, $40, $75, $125, $150 and $300.

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