Donaire vs. Vazquez Jr., and Chavez Jr. vs. TBA a possibility for Feb. 4th
By Eric Thomas: A potentially interesting card is in the world for February 4th with WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO’s) defending his title against an opponent still to be determined. On the undercard, Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KO’s) will be moving up in weight to fight for the vacant World Boxing Council super bantamweight title against former champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KO’s).
Donaire looked bad in his last ill-advised fight against super flyweight Omar Narvaez last October. Donaire won the fight by a lopsided 12 round decision but had many of his shots blocked by Narvaez and looked sloppy. In moving up in weight, Donaire likely won’t have nearly as many problems finding the chin of the young 27-year-old Vazquez, as he’s a lot more hittable than Narvaez.
However, Vazquez Jr. is also a lot bigger puncher, so Donaire is going to have to be careful in this fight because Vazquez is used to fighting big guys and won’t be steamrolled like many of Donaire’s smaller opponents are.
Chavez Jr. recently defeated Peter Manfredo Jr. by a 5th round TKO last month in an impressive performance. Chavez Jr. looked good in using his jab, moving and throwing combiations. He looked a lot better than he did in winning the WBC title against Sebastian Zbik last June. However, Chavez’s promoters have been slow in moving him up against really good competition and believe me, there’s a huge difference between the likes of Zbik and Manfredo Jr. compared to contenders such as Sergio Martinez, Marco Antonio Rubio and Andy Lee. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Chavez Jr. to get matched against any of those guys because they’re dangerous and Bob Arum, Chavez’s promoter, has his eyes on matched Chavez Jr. up against one of his biggest stars WBC junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in one of Arum’s catchweight fights.