By Derek Gionta, ringside: Sammy Vasquez Jr. improved his record to 9-0 with 5 KO’s with a six round unanimous decision over a battle tested Ben Ankrah, of Accra, Ghana Saturday night at the Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
The pro-am card dubbed, Double Duty IV, was the fourth card promoted by Team Vasquez featuring the popular Monessen, PA welterweight.
Vasquez "The Who Can Mexican" took a step up in competition by taking on Ankrah, 17-15 (8), known as "The Congo Soldier."
Vasquez, the 27 year old southpaw, was the aggressor in the opening two rounds, boxing the muscular African who stalked throughout.
Ankrah had his best round in the fourth as he landed a left hook to Vasquez’ head sending him slightly off balance and into the ropes. Vasquez shook his head and went back to work showing no signs of pain. Ankrah landed a few more shots but not enough to overcome the consistent work rate and late flurry by Vasquez at the end of the round.
The final two rounds went to the busier, slick boxing of Vasquez as he finished the fight with unblemished scorecards. All three judges had it 60-54.
Vasquez continues to accept bigger challenges and, according to sources, has drawn interest from Golden Boy Promotions.
Popular Junior middleweight Andreas "The Greek" Kamouyerou, 3-0 (2), of Pittsburgh, PA won a fourth round TKO over Ohio’s Anthony Walls, 0-5, after sending him to the canvas twice in the fourth round. Kamouyerou started strong working the body of Walls, who countered with very little. The Ohio native picked up the pace in the second but could not overcome the strong finish of Kamouyerou to win the round. Much of the same continued up through the fourth round when Kamouyerou scored his first knockdown with a left hook to the body. Shortly after the second knockdown was scored referee Gary Rosato called the fight off at the 2:19 mark of the round.
Lorain, Ohio middleweight prospect Wilkins ’The Hispanic Hurricane" Santiago, 9-0 (1), scored a unanimous decision over the usually game George "El Terrible" Sosa, 7-3 (7), of New Jersey. Santiago started fast in the opening three rounds, beating Sosa to the punch on multiple accounts. Sosa remained game and stepped on the gas pedal in the fourth earning his first round on my scorecard. A big right hand slightly wobbled Santiago and his continued pressure sealed the round. The final two rounds went to a more accurate Santiago as he continued to box in his orthodox stance with an occasional switch to southpaw. Scores were 58-56 x 2 and 59-55.
In the second bout of the evening, heavyweight Ytalo Perea, 3-0 (2), of Howard Beach, NY, scored a one-sided unanimous decision over the debuting Glenn Thomas, 0-1, of East Stroudsburg, PA. Perea consistently stalked the retreating Thomas throughout the bout while landing hard power shots. Thomas’ activity level improved in the third round but he could not manage to land anything of relevance. Scores were an obvious 40-36 across the board.
In the opening bout of the night Pittsburgh super middleweight Cian Dalton, 2-0 (1), won a unanimous decision over Delvery Wofford, 0-7, of Dallas Texas. Dalton scored a fourth round knockdown with a straight right hand to the head after three competitive rounds while Wofford made it to see the final bell. Two judges scored the fight 40-35, while the third judge saw it 38-37, all for the Irish fighter.
Former IBF lightweight champ Paul Spadafora was in attendance.
May 26, 2013