By Derek Gionta: Monessen, Pennsylvania’s Sammy Vasquez Jr. improved his record to 6-0 (4 KOs) on Saturday night (11/24) by defeating Dominican George "El Terrible" Sosa, 6-2 (6 KOs), of New Jersey by a devastating first round knockout on a Pro-Am card held at the Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, PA.
A large contingent of fans came back to support the local welterweight and former Olympic hopeful on the card billed as "Double Duty II" promoted by Team Vasquez and A&D Promotions.
Vasquez, fresh out of camp with Adrien Broner, had the look of a hungry prospect ready for bigger challenges. A potential challenge was there in Sosa, who recently fought a tough fight with Emmanuel Taylor, however, Vasquez is a class above Taylor.
From the opening bell Vasquez controlled the tempo of the fight with his right jab and patiently set up combinations, which proved to be economical as time progressed. "I want to come out and be patient from the start and be more relaxed early on," stated Vasquez before the fight.
After a series of blistering combinations in the opening round of a scheduled six, Vasquez landed a right hook that sent Sosa to the canvas for good at the 2:27 mark.
The steadily progressing southpaw from Monessen is moving at a nice pace, now having fought six times since turning pro this past April and will look to step up the competition moving forward. With an already established local fan base and the proven ability to compete at a high level, Vasquez has the look of a threatening prospect as he continues to impress.
In the evening’s co-feature bout of the evening, Pittsburgh junior welterweight Justin "Baby Boy" Johnson, 4-3-4, put in his best performance as a pro by soundly defeating undefeated prospect Jesus Saucedo, 4-1-1 (1 KO) of York, PA by a six round unanimous decision. Johnson controlled the distance from the opening bell and had the faster hands of the two, paving the way for a dominant performance.
Johnson scored a knockdown in the second round with a quick right hand to the side of Saucedo’s head, dropping the gritty York fighter to a knee. Johnson scored another knockdown a round later, which looked to be more of a slip, however referee Rick Steigerwald began counting after Saucedo went down.
Saucedo hung in tough to win maybe a round or two at best on the cards, but Johnson continued to establish a strong left jab to the body of Saucedo throughout the fight, which Saucedo could not counter.
The judges scored the fight 59-55 and 58-54 x 2 for Johnson.
The first pro bout of the night was an exciting four round junior middleweight contest between local debuting fighter Andreas "The Greek" Kamouyerou, 1-0 (1 KO) and Harrisburg’s Danny Lugo, 1-4. Kamouyerou managed to score a fourth round TKO in a highly entertaining bout against a dangerous last minute sub for a debuting fighter that has been out of the ring for an extended period of time.
The first three rounds were nip and tuck as both fighters went after each other drawing a nice roar from the local crowd. As the fourth round approached "The Greek" pressed his opponent and landed some bombs, but credit to Lugo for fighting like a true warrior and posing a serious threat to the debuting former state PA Golden Glove champion. Referee Rick Steigerwald called off the bout at the 1:33 mark of the final round as Kamouyerou’s final surge was convincing enough, while scoring a knockdown with a big right hand. Lugo got back to his feet but on shaky legs.
The first three bouts of the night were amateur matches consisting of local fighters in the middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions.
The matchmaker for the event was Chuck Bayley.
November 24, 2012