A near brawl broke out today between former world champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs) and Juan Manuel “JuanMa” López (34-5, 31 KOs) at today’s press conference, during the traditional face-off picture, in advance of this Saturday night’s grudge showdown, airing live on pay per view from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
WILFREDO VASQUEZ, JR.: “‘JuanMa’ Lopez and many people have belittled me. They have disparaged my sacrifice, the food that I put on the table for my family, but Saturday I will hurt him. I have a Maciavelli plan to destroy him so he will respect me. I respect everybody that has had a rough time.”
JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ: “Vasquez was interrupting at all times during the press conference. He was singing out loud and during the face-to-face picture he tried to kiss me and I did not permit. I understand that he’s afraid and what a better moment than in front of everybody including the press to release his emotions.”
CARLOS MALDONADO, President of Black Tiger Promotions: “Security will be tripled for Friday’s weigh in so everybody can feel at ease and secure including the press.”
In other PPV fights, former world title challenger Jonathan Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) takes on Mexican rival Gustavo “El Gustavo” Molina (23-13, 9 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature.
World Boxing Council (WBC) FECARBOX junior welterweight champion Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (11-0, 8 KOs), the reigning, will be fighting in his first scheduled 10-round bout against Edwin “Bazookita” Lopez (27-6-1, 24 KOs).
Puerto Rico Olympian Jantony Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) faces fellow Puerto Rican bantamweight Luis Hernandez in a 6-round match to open the PPV action.