Vasquez's March 2 fight moved to Vegas
By Jeff Oliver
Published: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Sam Vasquez Sr. got some good news and some bad news on Friday regarding the upcoming fight for his son, Sammy Vasquez Jr.
The elder Vasquez was told that the scheduled March 2 fight between Vasquez Jr. (6-0, 4 KOs) against Larenzo Wilson (1-1-2) has been moved from Harlem, N.Y., to the bright lights of Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Cafe.
“I think it is really good news that his seventh professional fight will be in Las Vegas,” Vasquez Sr. said. “The bad news is that a whole bunch of his fans won't get to see the fight.”
When the bout was originally announced as part of the undercard of Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime Championship Boxing's Daniel Ponce De Leon versus Jayson Velez WBC Featherweight Championship match, Vasquez Sr. quickly put together a package for a trip to the Apollo Theater where the show was to take place.
For $100, fans could get a ride on the bus and a general admission ticket to the fight.
“I had filled two buses and was in the process of taking names for a third,” Vasquez Sr. said. “Plus a lot of people were just going to make the drive up there on their own to see Sammy fight.
“I can't take buses to Las Vegas. That changes everything. Sammy will be fighting, but about 150 people won't get to go there from home to see it.”
Vasquez Sr. said he received a call from Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez with the news Friday morning.
“They said that Ponce De Leon's opponent got hurt, so that fight is scrapped,” Vasquez Sr. said. “But they still want to see Sammy fight in person and they are having him fight in Vegas instead. I don't even know if he will be fighting (Wilson) because it is a different commission. All I know is he will be fighting March 2 in Vegas for Golden Boy.”
Golden Boy Promotions, based in Los Angeles, Calif., was established in 2002 by former champion, Oscar de la Hoya, and is one of boxing's most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in venues around the country on networks such as HBO, Showtime, and Fox Sports Net.
“I just want all of our fans back home to understand that things are out of our control and Team Vasquez apologizes for the inconvenience that we have to cancel the buses,” Vasquez Sr. said. “I told (Gomez) that Sammy's fans are all blue-collar people and won't be able to make the trip to Las Vegas. It's disappointing for his fans, which are very devoted. But it is a good move for his career.”
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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