Vasquez scores TKO in Las Vegas
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Monessen native Sammy Vasquez Jr. is poised to make a giant leap in his young professional boxing career.
The lefty welterweight made short work of the more-experienced Leandro Albornoz on Saturday night, scoring a second-round technical knockout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The victory occurred in front of representatives from Golden Boy Promotions Inc., a boxing promotion headed by former world champion Oscar De La Hoya.
Vasquez's manager and father, Sam Vasquez Sr. said he expected to get a phone call from the promotion on Monday. On Saturday, Vasquez Sr. spoke with Roberto Diaz of Golden Boy Promotions.
“Getting that shot to fight in front of them was everything,” Vasquez Sr. said. “They said he couldn't have had a better audition.”
Vasquez Jr. was resting Sunday and unavailable for comment.
Albornoz came into the bout with just two losses in 19 professional fights, including two 10-round fights. But Vasquez (7-0, 5 KOs) secured the biggest knockdown of his career by dropping the Fort Lauderdale boxer with a left jab in Round 2.
Albornoz got to his feet before the 10-count, but Vasquez pummeled him with a flurry of punches, sending his opponent into the ropes before referee Jay Nady stopped the fight at 2:17.
Vasquez Sr. had expressed concerns last week after the promoter switched opponents on his son just three days before the fight, but the younger Vasquez seemed unfazed.
“They loved him and everything about he handled that situation,” Vasquez Sr. said. “They told me he had everything they were looking for like how he holds himself. He's not a cocky kid. He went in there like a seasoned veteran.”
Anyone wanting to see Vasquez Jr. fight locally won't have to wait very long.
Even if he gets signed by Golden Boy, Vasquez Jr. will headline a card, promoted by Team Vasquez Promotions, on March 30 at the Court Time Sports Complex in Elizabeth Township. His opponent is yet to be determined.
“He'll be training back here for the entire month of March,” Vasquez Sr. said.
“Ultimately, I'd like to bring him back here for at least one fight a year because our (local) fan base is just incredible.”
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2635.
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