Juan Vasquez wanted his son Wilfredo to be a boxer but it took him 18 years before starting to lace up the boxing gloves. Juan never saw his son soar to greatness as he died two weeks after Wilfredo started training. Wilfredo Vasquez retired with a record of 56 wins 41 by KO with only 9 losses, 2 draws and 1 no contest and won championships in three divisional weights in the Bantam, Super Bantam and Featherweight divisions.
Wilfredo Jr. Wanted to be like his father while growing up. He drop law studies for boxing and wanted to pursue the sport his father is known for. But the road was not laid with a bed of roses for Wilfredo Jr. He fought mostly in the US, Puerto Rico and Mexico before he was given a chance to fight for a world title.
This February 28 will be Jr.’s first ever title fight for the vacant WBO superbantamweight title against Marvin Sonsona; the same fighter who dethroned fellow Puerto Rican Jose Carita Lopez in Ontario Canada. Wilfredo Jr. Knows this is his time and this is his moment to make history. Sonsona is not an easy fight and the Filipino who emulates Nonito Donaire Jr’s style and movement packs a powerful punch that could really knock anybody down. But Sonsona who fights as a flyweight move up three division up in a span of 9 months taking Lopez’s crown along the way is a stranger in the 122lb division compared to Vasquez who fought most of his career as a super bantam even moving up to 128lbs. When he fought Juan Camacho. Sonsona who is only 19 years old is gunning for history wanting to become the youngest Filipino to win two world titles in two different weight divisions while Vasquez is aiming for his first ever title right infront of his own people and his Father’s appreciation… There are no guarantees, this is anybody’s ball game… but for sure this would be fireworks in the making…
Wilfredo Sr. Would be very proud to see his own son fight for a world he could have done it when his father was still alive…but no matter what the outcome Juan Vasquez would definitely be all smiles in heaven.
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