source: Dennis 'dSource' Guillermo | Examiner.com
If there is one promoter that truly shaped the landscape of boxing history in the past 40 years, that man is none other than Robert "Bob" Arum.
Love him, hate him, the man's fingerprints are all over the sport we all "boxingheads" love and hate at the same time.
Today, the boxing promotions genius unveiled "the future" of his Top Rank Promotions in San Antonio, Texas by formally announcing his Feb. 4 card headlined by a double header starring his two bright young talents in Nonito Donaire, Jr. and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. at the Alamodome.
Ironically, his two headliners show a contrast of Arum's promotional abilities. For one, Donaire is a true talent, something the Harvard Law grad has a great eye for. Second is Chavez, who may not be at the elite level, but has that name recognition and drawing power not even some of the most talented pugilists can generate. Either way, Arum is bent on making both his stars for the future and cash-in along the way.
Chavez,Jr. will be facing a grizzled veteran challenger in Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KOs) who vowed to put on a great fight.
"I don't want to talk too much. I'm going to fix all my errors, and I'm going to demonstrate in the ring," Rubio said and added "I want to give a great fight here in San Antonio."
The 25-year-old Chavez, Jr. was a little bit more dramatic. "If I have to die in the ring, then I'll die in the ring, because this is a fight that I really want to win," he said.
But the real attraction in this card is the showdown between Donaire and former WBO jr. bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (21-1-1-, 18 KOs) who will be fighting for that same belt which Vazquez lost to Jorge Arce in a thriller last May.
Donaire is a top pound-for-pound talent moving up to 122 for the first time, while Vazquez is a proven champ that has been campaigning at the jr. bantamweight limit and up his entire career. Vazquez will have a strength and power edge, while Donaire has the advantage in speed and skills; both men can end the fight at any given moment.
Vazquez is confident with his power and believes that he will be able to take Donaire's punches being the naturally bigger guy. He has campaigned as a super bantamweight and up throughout his career.
"I think and understand that it can be his speed; however, I also have speed; so I’m confident in that sense. This is my natural weight and I also hit hard (have power). It's not the same to see a 122 pounder on weigh in day and to see a 135 pounder on fight night. In that sense (weight wise) it favors me. I know I’ll resist the power that Donaire will bring that night because I’m stepping in the ring well prepared, and I'm going to win," said Vazquez in an interview dSourceBoxing.com.
Donaire isn't taking Vazquez lightly.
“He’s the type of kid that gets better every time he gets into that ring. He never had amateur experience but he became a world champion because he gets better and he learns. Each year that he fights, he just gets better. So you’re looking at the best Vazquez that will be facing me coming into this fight,” said Ring Magazine's #5 P4P best fighter.
Should be an explosive card that officially kicks off an interesting year for the sport of boxing in 2012.