Vasquez hopes for 'real show'
Getting quality opponents to step into the ring with Sammy Vasquez Jr. has been a tough chore.
A few of his scheduled bouts fell through because opponents canceled at the last minute, while others were held against the second and even the third choice in the other corner.
That was the case when the unbeaten welterweight fought at the Rostraver Ice Garden a few months back.
He knocked out Austin Marcum in less than one round in front of a packed pro-Vasquez house.
But Marcum wasn't the boxer Vasquez had originally signed on to fight. In fact, he wasn't the second choice either.
“Guys backed out and he was a late fill-in,” said Sam Vasquez Sr., the fighter's father and part-time promoter. “We've had to take some steps to get guys to fight Sammy, like taking down some of his YouTube videos.”
When Vasquez Jr. puts his 5-0 record (3 KOs) on the line at the Rostraver Township facility Saturday in Double Duty II, he feels he finally will have an opponent who is not only worthy, but dangerous.
Vasquez will fight George Sosa (6-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six-rounder.
Sosa, a New Jersey resident who is a native of the Dominican Republic stopped his first six opponents before he lost to highly touted pro Emanuael Taylor (17-1) in a controversial split decision in his last fight.
“This guy's a pro, a tough fighter,” said Vasquez Jr. “He's legit and he signed a contract. He wants to fight me and I definitely want to fight him. I've been waiting a long time for this kind of fight. I'm looking to shake the world a little bit.”
Vasquez Jr. has been training in multiple daily sessions in South Park under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Healy and Donora's Ryan Rimsek.
“Bob is my main trainer, but Ryan is my mitt man and there is no better mitt man out there than him,” Vasquez Jr. said. “Whenever I come back this way, I look Ryan up and work with him.”
Vasquez Jr. realizes he has a huge following and doesn't want his supporters to be shortchanged.
“It means a lot to me to have so many people pay money to watch me fight,” he said. “My fans mean the world to me and it frustrates me when I can't give them a good show because somebody dropped out. I was happy with the knockout (of Marcum), but I'd rather give the fans something exciting to see for their money.”
Vasquez and Sosa will highlight a seven-fight professional card that includes Sgt. Jeffrey Spencer (3-0) and Andreas ‘The Greek” Kamouyerou in action.
The co-feature on the card has junior welterweights Jesus Saucedo (4-0) against Justin Johnson (3-3) of Clairton.
Kamouyerou is making his pro debut after a successful amateur career and will fight Tiered King of Akron, Ohio.
Another bout on the card will pit Steve Weimer (8-0), a stablemate of Saucedo, taking on journeyman Chris Gray (17-13) of Verona Beach, Fla., in a six-round bout.
Also on the card, fighting in the Masters Division, will be John “The Pride of Bloomfield” Ledasky against James Margh of Altoona, for the Masters Middleweight Championship.
The event will also feature a post-fight concert by Nashville recording artists The Hobbs Sisters.
The show is being promoted by Team Vasquez and A&D Promotions.
Tickets are $60, $40 and $30 for general admission and can be purchased by calling Sammy Vasquez Sr. at 724-797-8694. Vasquez Sr. said youths 16 and under can buy general admission tickets for a discount price of $20.
“We wanted to do something nice for the kids,” Vasquez Sr. said. “And we want as many people as possible to see the show.”
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.