MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is hoping that he’ll be given a shot at fighting four-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr. again.
In an interview with Boxing Voice, Vazquez said he feels he will have a better chance of winning when he faces Donaire again.
“When I confronted [Jorge] Arce, I lacked experience and that’s why I lost. When I faced Donaire, I gained a little bit of experience with Arce, but not enough to beat a guy like Donaire. I went 12 rounds with Donaire and I didn’t quit on my stool. I feel I deserve a rematch because I’m the only fighter to make Donaire’s face look the way it was,” the Puerto Rican said.
Vazquez suffered his first career knockdown at the hands of the “Filipino Flash” during their World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title clash in February last year.
Although Donaire suffered a hand injury in the bout, he was still able to secure a split decision win against Vazquez.
“Think about it like this, if I was able to land those shots on Donaire’s face with the lack of experience that I had, I have a much better chance. Now that I’ve been in with Donaire, I know what he brings to the ring and if I train properly, I know the way he fights now, and I know the outcome would be different in my favor,” Vazquez said.
Vazquez won the vacant WBO belt when he fought Filipino Marvin Sonsona in 2010. But he lost the crown to Arce a year later via a 12th-round technical knockout.
Arce later vacated the WBO title and this set a title clash between Donaire and Vazquez.