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Monessen native Vasquez to fight in Colorado Springs Oct. 26

Monessen native Sammy Vasquez Jr., right, will have his next fight Oct. 26, 2012, in Colorado Springs before coming back to the area to fight in late November at the Ice Garden in Rostraver Township. Dan Grant photo.

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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Sammy Vasquez Jr. had some memorable times fighting as an amateur in Colorado Sprigs when he was training with the U.S. Army trying to make the U.S. Olympic boxing team.

Now he hopes to rekindle some of those memories as a professional.

Vasquez (5-0, 3 KOs) will have his first fight as a pro in Colorado Springs Oct. 26 when he fights on a card at the Attitude MMA Gym.

“There hasn't been a pro fight in Colorado Springs in a long, long time,” Vasquez said. “We're trying to bring it back here and I think people are excited.”

Vasquez said his opponent has yet to be nailed down, but two names that are at the forefront are Colorado fighters John Ryan Grimaldo (8-2) and Raul Carillo (10-1).

“I want to fight a guy with a good winning record,” Vasquez said. “Those are two of the guys the promoter is talking with.”

Vasquez has been training in Colorado Springs since his last fight. He is working with a new coach, Carlos Ibbarro.

“I got hooked up with Coach Carlos through Jeffrey Spencer, who fought on my last card,” Vasquez said of Spencer, a former U.S. Army fighter and a friend of Vasquez's. “I couldn't fly my coach from back home out here for camp, but this is working out real well. Coach Carlos definitely has the skills.”

Vasquez said he plans on fighting somewhere around 147-150 pounds.

He said tickets for the fight are available and cost $25, $40 or $60 and can be purchased on

“I'm hoping a few people from back home make it out here,” he said. “I have a pretty good following.”

But for fans who can't make it to Colorado, Vasquez will be fighting in the area in late November.

“We're going to have another show at the Ice Garden,” he said. “I think it's going to be around Thanksgiving weekend.”

Vasquez won a first-round TKO over Austin Marcum in his last fight, also at the Rostraver Township facility, on Aug. 17.

Vasquez will actually be in the area for a couple days this weekend as he will be the wedding of one of his relatives.

“It'll be nice to get back home, even if only for a quick stop,” he said.

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

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