WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire will face Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. of Puerto Rico in February for the WBO super bantamweight title which was vacated by Jorge Arce of Mexico.
Donaire will be moving up to super bantamweight (122 lbs.) after trashing Omar Narvaez of Argentina last month at the Madison Square garden in New York.
Donaire had to settle for a 12-round unanimous decision over the battled-scared Narvaez even if the 5,000 fans inside the Theater at the Madison Square Garden were urging the fighters to rumble and show the audience a good fight.
Narvaez did not engage Donaire from round one till the end of the fight except for some less-jarring punches that did not do much damage to Donaire. He was more concerned about his defense than engage "The Filipino Flash" in a toe-to-toe battle.
For his unanimous but boring fight against Narvaez, the "Filipino Flash" reportedly received a $700,000 guaranteed prize money from his amiable boss Bob Arum, owner of Top Rank Promotions.
Arum has reportedly promised Donaire at least $1 million for his next fight which could take place as early as February 2012.
Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr., 27, is the son of former world champion Wilfredo Vázquez, Sr. The young Vazquez is a former WBO Latino super bantamweight champion.
On February 27, 2010, Vasquez defeated former world champion, Marvin Sonsona, to win the WBO's super bantamweight title. Vazquez lost his first defense of the WBO title to Jorge Arce in May 2011 via TKO.
Venue for the fight is yet to be announced by Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions.