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.
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 Machiavellian 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.