On Saturday, October 16, 2010, All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years that have filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions. This time it will come back with a World Title fight and one of the biggest shows in Central Florida history that will be hosted at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed “The Rising Son Returns.
In the main event, WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will make the second defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in Ivan “Choko Hernandez of Ensenada, Mexico in a bout schedule for 12 rounds with Vazquez WBO Jr. Featherweight Title at stake.
For Vazquez Jr.(26), it will be a homecoming. He has fought in Kissimmee 13 times in route to his world title win last February 27 when he stopped “Marvelous Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines in 4 rounds to capture the title. In his first defense, on May 29, he also stopped former Olympian and #1 contender Zsolt Bedak of Hungary in 10 to improve his record to 19-0-1-16 KO’s.
Former world champion Hernandez (27) is ranked #10 by the WBC and WBO and has fought world champions Mark Johnson, Fernando Montiel, Toshiaki Nishioka and Israel Vazquez. Hernandez two most recent fights were both 5th round knockout wins, against Jaime Maldonado and Lisandro De Los Santos, to improve his record to 27-4-1, with 17 KOs.
Tickets for Vazquez Jr. vs. Hernandez on October 16, priced at $202, $102, $52 and $27, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Silver Spurs Arena box office and on-line at Ticketmaster.com.
Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. vs. Ivan “Choko Hernandez will be broadcast live on-pay-per-view, distributed by Integrated Sports in the US and in Puerto Rico by Pay Per View Connection beginning at 9 PM ET/6PM PT at a suggested retail price of $34.95.
—Vazquez Jr along with Dwight Muhammad Qawi are the only known world champions with no amateur fights.
Wilfredo Sr weighed in on his son:
Before I let my son get into boxing I had him run for a year and a half without stepping into a gym. I wanted to knowthat he was hungry. The 1st day he went into the gym I geared him up and made him spar with a much experienced fighter, that’s when I saw what’s called “natural talent. I didn’t want him to spend 2 to 3 years in the amateurs. He wanted to fight, so I obliged his request. Today he is world champion.
—Israel Vazquez, the youngest of Wilfredo Srs three sons, make his pro debut on the same card.
—At Wednesdays press conference, Wilfredo Vazquez, Sr, will have his hands cast for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame.
—Vazquez Jr will present US Armed Services with fight tickets. Service members will arrive in buses from the following bases for Saturday night…
MacDil Air Force Base in Tampa, FL, 70 members
US Southern Command in Miami, FL, 50 members
US Marine Security Detachment, Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA, 50 members