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Power outages in Puerto Rico force new Lopez-Vazquez Jr. date

The grudge match between bitter Puerto Rican rivals and former world titleholders Juan Manuel Lopez and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., has been moved to a new date as a result of the recent power outage that shut down most of the island for several days.

Lopez, a former featherweight and junior featherweight titlist, and Vazquez, a former junior featherweight titlist, were scheduled to meet in a 12-round junior lightweight fight on Oct. 8 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan.

The Integrated Sports PPV fight will still take place at the same venue but on Oct. 29, according to Black Tiger Promotions, which is putting on the card.

Puerto Rico's power went out on Sept. 21 and much of the island remained without power for several days. The power at the arena returned on Sunday but it suffered damage as a result of the shutdown and its engineers are working to fix it.

All of the events scheduled at the arena have been moved with the Lopez-Vazquez fight being shifted to Oct. 29 because it was not certain if the arena would be fully operational by Oct. 8.

Lopez and Vazquez, both past their best days, will meet at a contract weight of 129 pounds, although there is a mandated weight check on the day of the bout for which neither fighter can rehydrate to more than 136 pounds, an accommodation to the smaller Vazquez.

The 33-year-old Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs), a southpaw with great power, will end a 25-month retirement to fight Vazquez. Lopez, always with a shaky chin - he has been stopped in all five of his losses -- has lost two fights in a row and three of his last four, each by harsh early knockout.

Vazquez (24-6-1, 19 KOs), 32, the son of former three-division titleholder Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., has lost two fights in a row and three of his last four, all by decision. He is coming off a 10-round split decision to unbeaten Rafael Rivera in December.