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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Vazquez Jr. in need of victory

By Dan Rafael

Former junior featherweight titlist Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. will try to get back on track when he returns Sept. 20 (Telemundo) at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Fla., promoter Tuto Zabala announced Thursday.

Vazquez (22-3-1, 19 KOs), who will face Guillermo Avila (13-0, 10 KOs) of Mexico in a scheduled 12-rounder, grew up in his pro career on Telemundo cards in Kissimmee and is returning in need of a win. The fight will be Vazquez’s 15th in Kissimmee but first since 2010.

In April, Vazquez fought in Macau and was upset, losing a 10-round majority decision to Japan’s Yasutaka Ishimoto, who scored an eighth-round knockdown.

The loss dropped Vazquez, 29, the son of Puerto Rican great and three-division titleholder Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., to 2-3 in his last five fights dating to 2011. His other losses during the stretch were a 12th-round knockout by Jorge Arce (when Vazquez lost his 122-pound world title) and a decision to Nonito Donaire in a fight for a vacant belt.

Flyweight prospect Israel Vazquez (8-0, 6 KOs), Wilfredo’s younger brother, is also scheduled to fight on the card.