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Vasquez knocks out another challenger

| Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

For the first time in his young professional boxing career, Sammy Vasquez Jr. was not disappointed that he knocked out his opponent in the first round.

In fact, he was down right ecstatic.

Vasquez capped an entertaining Double Duty II fight card at the Ice Garden in Rostraver Township Saturday night by flooring George “El Terrible” Sosa with a powerful overhand right hook at 2:27 of the first round in the scheduled six-rounder.

Vasquez (6-0, 4 KOs) said he was pleased with the quick outcome because Sosa (6-2, 6 KOs) came in with a solid ring reputation. Plus, the Cuba native had taunted Vasquez before the fight.

“No, I'm not disappointed at all,” Vasquez said.

“Just because his record alone – he was 6-1 with six knockouts so everybody he fought he knocked out.

“In the first round it took me some time to figure out what I was going to do and what he was open for. I knew he was open for the hook and I landed it perfect.”

From the opening bell, Vasquez took the action to Sosa in front of a large, festive crowd that was chanting, “Sammy, Sammy.”

The first few times that Vasquez scored, Sosa would simply smirk back at the Monessen fighter. And when the action got close inside, Sosa resorted to grabbing the back of Vasquez's head.

But while they were mixing it up in a neutral corner, Sosa threw a jab and Vasquez found the opening, landing the lighting-quick hook that immediately dropped Sosa to the canvas.

When Sosa hit the floor, the fight referee looked down at the injured fighter and instead of counting immediately stopped the fight and called for Sosa's corner.

Sosa lay on the ring floor for several minutes getting treatment before he was placed on a stool.

“I waited for him to jab and, as soon as he jabbed, I came right over the top,” Vasquez said. “I clipped him on the chin in the perfect spot and he was out. I've been practicing my hooks a lot.”

Vasquez said he trained harder for this fight because Sosa had been disrespecting him on YouTube.

“I wanted this kid bad,” Vasquez said.

“He was talking a lot of stuff on YouTube about me. He said he was going to wax me, he was going to scrape me, that I never fought a real Cuban before.

“But I'm a different breed. I'm coming to the top. I'm going to be a champion.”

Vasquez's trainer, Bob Healy of South Park, said his fighter is stronger and hungrier than he was when they first got together.

“He's a kind of guy that every fight he's been in he's wanted to win bad,” Healy said. “But now he's so much stronger. He's in shape and he trains so hard. He was out there with a purpose, a vengeance. He wants to get to that next level.

“I can't believe anybody wouldn't jump on the bandwagon and try to sign this kid,” Healy added. “You can see it's all there. He has what it takes.”

Vasquez said he hopes to fight again in December and he believes things will get moving for him quickly so he can climb the welterweight ladder.

“Hopefully, we can get some contracts signed here and get things moving and people will see I'm a contender, if not a champion,” he said.

“I'm in shape. This was my first scheduled six-rounder, but I feel like I can do 12 (rounds).”

Even if most of his fights tend to go less than one round.

FIGHT NOTES: Local boxing trainer/cut man Buzz Garnic worked in Sosa's corner for the fight. He said that when Sosa got into town Friday, he and a couple of the other fighters on the card contacted him to do some work at Garnic's facility in Coal Center … Former world champion Paul Spadafora was in the crowd and was introduced before the main event … Sam Vasquez Sr., whose Team Vasquez organization promoted the show, said that he was thrilled with walk-up ticket sales Saturday night. “To be honest, the pre-sale was so bad that we almost called it off,” Vasquez Sr. said. “But I'm glad we didn't because the people showed up tonight. Sammy has such a great following and his fans will go anywhere to see him. His fans help make him what he is.” … Vasquez Jr. hung around to sign autographs and pose for pictures during a post-fight concert by Nashville recording artists the Hobbs Sisters.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-684-2666 or