Wilfredo Vasquez never thought he'd see his son follow in his footsteps. Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. exceeded all expectations by storming to a world title at just 25 years old. Tonight, when things got rough for the younger Vasquez, his father saved him by throwing in the towel against Jorge Arce.
In a dead-even fight on two scorecards, Vasquez Jr. took a beating in the final round. When he failed to throw back or grab to stop an Arce flurry of 30-plus unanswered punches, Vasquez Sr. ended the fight at the 0:55 mark of the final round. Arce, 31, pulls off the mild upset to win the WBO junior featherweight title.
Arce (57-6-2, KOs) has now won world title four weight classes (108, 112, 115 and 122). Vasquez Jr. (20-1, 17 KOs) only started boxing at 19 years old and had no amateur background when he turned pro in 2006.
Vasquez Sr. was a champion at 118, 122 and 126 during the 80's. He's arguably one of the top three fighters in the history of Puerto Rico.