San Antonio, Texas — “THE HEAT IS ON” —  (L-R) Superstar three-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez,Jr. have an intense heated exchange during the posedown at the press conference at the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas, Thursday for their upcoming WBO Jr. Featherweight title fight, Saturday,Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Donaire battles Vazquez Jr. in this double-header blockbuster event and undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defends his title against Marco Antonio Rubio in the other main event. — Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.


A word war that erupted between the camps of Nonito Donaire Jr. and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. could just be a prelude to a seething slugfest in their World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-bantamweight title fight this Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) at the Alamodome in Texas.

Apparently, one daring message on twitter courtesy of Vazquez’s wife had the `Filipino Flash’ annoyingly responding back, but in a manner epitomizing him as a former two-time world champion.

In his account, Donaire, 29, twitted, “Ok, didn’t know Vazquez’s wife talks crap, when WV2 (Wilfredo Vazquez Jr) doesn’t.”

The Filipino boxing star is obviously reacting to an earlier twit made by Jacklyn Roman, wife of Vazquez Jr., who told Donaire, `Your scared! See you there!

Although obviously irritated, Donaire said he’d rather not be dragged in a heated exchange of words, and instead, will just look forward at meeting the Puerto Rican namesake and son of former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez, this weekend in San Antonio.

“My wife and I have had nothing but respect for WV2, but if you all wanna talk crap, go ahead. I’m not like that,” Donaire said.

Vazquez’s wife allegedly only reacted on an earlier twit reportedly posted by Rachel Donaire, Nonito’s wife. But the Filipino couple denied having ever talked about or better yet, badmouthed Vazquez in social networking sites.

“Ok, like I said bro, I respected you and your dad. I don’t know why it turned to trash talking. But either way, I look forward to fighting someone like you,” added Donaire, the former flyweight and bantamweight champion of the world.

The exchange of twits further pumped up Donaire for the 12-round bout that co-headlines the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight championship match between undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Marco Antonio Rubio.

Unlike his previous title fights, Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) admitted he has no problem making the 122-lbs. weight limit this time.

The California-based Filipino even had the benefit of taking dinner now as he did for two straight days at Joe’s Crab Shack.

“It feels good to eat everything and anything,” said Donaire, who arrived in the heart of Texas a day ahead of Vazquez.

After working out at the ChampionFit gym Tuesday, Donaire declared himself in the `best shape’ of his career.

“I feel so strong. I’m untouchable,” he told ABS-CBN reporter Dyan Castillejo later on.

Donaire has not lost in the last 10 years, a stretch that saw him on a 25-fight win streak, including a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision against Omar Andres Narvaez in his last bout four months ago at the Madison Square Garden in New York to successfully retain his WBO and WBC bantamweight titles.

In contrast, Vazquez (21-1, 18 KOs), suffered his first career loss just a year ago, a 12-round technical knockout against tough Mexican Jorge Arce to yield his WBO super-bantamweight crown.

But he’s coming off a third-round demolition of Roberto Carlos Leyva also last October.


By: Gerry Ramos


Former super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1, 18KOs) believes he is one week away from shocking the boxing world on February 4th in San Antonio, Texas – when he faces Filipino Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18KOs) for the vacant WBO title. HBO will televise. Vazquez feels that he corrected his mistakes from last May, when Jorge Arce knocked him out in the twelfth round of their Las Vegas clash.

“I prepared myself thoroughly and that’s why I stayed away from the media. I was alone in my gym. I changed my train schedule and included many new people to my team. And now I have no concerns. The pressure is on Nonito Donaire. The only ones I care to trust around me are my wife, my daughter and my team,” he said.

Vazquez respects Donaire and credits him for being a great athlete, but he also says the Filipino boxer is not invincible and although many people are trying to project him as such – he is not another Manny pacquiao either.

“It’s a great opportunity and he is a great athlete but not invincible. Everyone wants to imitate Manny Pacquiao and that is a big mistake. I have seen thousands of fighters and I have not seen anyone who can move in the ring like Edwin “Chapo” Rosario. These are qualities that life gives to one person to have originality. And I am calm and at peace. I’m going to surprise everyone, even the people who want to see me lose. I am ready to prove people wrong,” Vazquez said.


By Rey Colon

El puertorriqueño Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez Jr. (21-1, 18 KOs) se encuentra entrenando a todo vapor para su combate titular del próximo 4 de febrero en el Alamodome de San Antonio, Texas, ante uno de los mejores púgiles libra por libra de la actualidad, el “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs).

“Va a ser una pelea muy competitiva, será fuerte para los dos. Me consta que Nonito Donaire es un tremendo atleta, pero el tiene que entender que yo también lo soy y que vengo muy bien preparado. Voy a dar el todo por el todo para traer el título a mi Isla del Encanto”, afirmó el puertorriqueño.

Ante Donaire, el boricua irá tras la oportunidad de recuperar el título supergallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) que perdió el pasado mes de mayo ante el guerrero azteca, Jorge “Travieso” Arce en un cerrado combate que fue catalogado entre los mejores de 2011.

Vázquez Jr. está enfocado en capturar nuevamente el cinturón 122 libras de la OMB en la cartelera “Bienvenidos al Futuro” y decidido en repetir la historia de hace 17 años, cuando su padre, el tres veces campeón mundial, Wilfredo Vázquez Sr., sorprendió al mundo del boxeo al vencer en San Antonio a uno de los mejores supergallo de aquel momento, el estadounidense Orlando Cañizales.

En su último combate, “Papito” se encaminó nuevamente en la ruta ganadora al vencer por nocaut técnico en el tercer asalto al mexicano Roberto Carlos Leyva, quien luego de la pelea anunció su retiro del ensogado.

La cartelera “Bienvenidos al Futuro” será televisada el 4 de febrero por la cadena HBO y tendrá como reyerta co-estelar la defensa titular del campeón mediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC), el mexicano Julio César Chávez Jr. ante su compatriota Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio.

En una promoción de Top Rank, en asociación con Zanfer Promotions, Allstar Promotions y Tecate, los boletos para la cartelera “Bienvenidos al Futuro” Chávez-Rubio/ Donaire-Vázquez están a la venta a precios de: $200, $100, $60, $40 y $25 podrán ser adquiridos en la boletería del Alamodome, todos los establecimientos Ticketmaster, en la web en o llamando al (800)745-3000.


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Por Ricardo Jiménez, Top Rank Inc.