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As tickets for the WBO super bantamweight title fight between two juniors Nonito Donaire (27-1-0, 18 KOs) and Wilfredo Vazquez (21-1-1, 18 KOs) on Feb. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas go on sale this Saturday, Filipino boxing fans wonder just what kind of threat the 27-year-old Boricua slugger poses.
For starters, Vazquez won’t be giving up anything in height compared to Donaire’s previous opponents. Vazquez and Donaire are both roughly listed at 5’5 1/2 (after releasing a video I took on Donaire’s actual height during his physicals, Boxrec.com corrected Donaire’s height which was previously listed at 5’7).
Vazquez is a strong and explosive fighter, and is one of the best conditioned boxers at the lower weights. He is definitely the naturally bigger guy as he has fought above 120 lbs. his entire career and held the WBO super bantamweight crown prior to losing it to Jorge Arce in an epic come-from-behind effort after knocking the Mexican warrior down in round 4. Vazquez was winning the fight up until Arce rallied in the championship rounds to force the Puerto Rican’s corner to throw in the towel.
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Donaire will have his hands full in his first outing as a super bantamweight, and will have to find ways to open up Vazquez for his lethal left hook that will be the difference maker in this match-up.
The heavy-handed Vazquez has KO power in both hands as former super flyweight champ Marvin Sonsona found out in Feb. of 2010 when he suffered the first loss of his career after being punished with body shots.
Whoever assumes that Donaire will easily run through Vazquez has no clue what they are talking about. If Donaire gets careless or doesn’t come in with his “A-game”, the hungry Vazquez can definitely make him pay.
Donaire is shooting for his fourth division world title after holding belts at 112, 115 and 118.
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