Tonight at 9 pm EDT on pay-per-view in the United States, Puerto Rican stars Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and Ivan Calderon will be fighting at home in a double main event sort of show from Bayamon, as Vazquez Jr looks to bounce back from a loss, and Calderon goes for what might be the final world title of his excellent career.
The marketed main event will pit former super bantamweight titlist Vazquez Jr (21-2-1, 18 KO) against countryman Jonathan Oquendo (22-2, 15 KO). The original main event for the show was supposed to match Vazquez Jr with Mexican star Rafael Marquez, and the card was originally scheduled for August 4. That was postponed due to injury to Marquez, who then recently pulled out of the fight entirely. Oquendo was already training for an undercard bout, and was bumped to the main event.
The co-feature will see the diminutive Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KO) gunning for the WBO strawweight title held by Moises Fuentes (15-1, 7 KO). Fuentes, 27, is ten years Calderon's junior, and will have eight inches of height on the former pound-for-pound contender, who at one time may have been the sport's premier sweet scientist, even more smooth and effective than Floyd Mayweather in many ways. Calderon's recent fights have seen him age. He was stopped twice at 108 pounds by Giovani Segura, before stepping back down about a year ago (his last fight) and winning a 10-round split decision against a .500 fighter.
Also featured on the card will be lightweight contender Jose A. Gonzalez (20-0, 15 KO) taking on Oscar Cuero (15-8, 12 KO). You may recall Cuero from a recent loss to Mercito Gesta in April, which wasn't competitive at all. Victor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KO) will face Alex Gonzals (20-7, 10 KO), as well, but I'm not sure that will be on TV, or actually what will be televised beyond the two big fights at the top of the card.
We won't have total round-by-round here, but this is a place to discuss the show as it goes on, and we will have live updates.