By Derek Gionta, ringside: Monessen, Pennsylvania’s Sammy Vasquez Jr. headlined another Team Vasquez-promoted card entitled Double Duty III at Elizabeth, PA’s Courttime Sports Complex on Saturday night. The welterweight prospect defeated Minnesota’s Hector Orozco over six one-sided rounds.
Vasquez Jr. is coming off a second round TKO over Leandro Albornoz at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this month. Now, in front of a large local crowd, the Monessen native had an opportunity to put in some good rounds with a battle-tested fighter who’s shared the ring with a number of prospects.
Vasquez Jr. scored a knockdown in the first, third, and fourth rounds, while out boxing the fellow southpaw, who showed grit getting off the canvas each time and landing some looping shots of his own. A cut over the left eyebrow of Orozco, 6-14, surfaced early in the fight but did not deter the Hopkins, Minnesota native from fighting until the final bell and making Vasquez work for this one.
Scores were 60-51 x3 for Vasquez Jr., who improved to 8-0 with 5 knockouts as he approaches his one-year mark of turning professional.
Team Vasquez, lead by Sammy Vasquez Sr., hosted their third pro-am show in the Monongahela area featuring their native son. By the looks of the crowd, football isn’t the only popular sport in the southwestern region of Pennsylvania and Vasquez’ progression as a fighter and growing popularity will surely lead to more events going forward.
In the night’s co-main event Andreas "The Greek" Kamouyerou, 2-0 (1), defeated Toledo, Ohio’s Anthony Kelly, 0-6-2, over four rounds. Kamouyerou put on an offensive display over the fight’s duration. Despite a quiet opening round from both fighters, action picked up as the rounds progressed. Kelly, although proving himself as a game opponent, did very little aside from the pre-fight showboating to win a round on the judges’ cards. Scores were 40-36 x 3.
Ohio cruiserweight Martez Williamson, 1-0, defeated local fighter Shawn Conway, 0-1, by a four round unanimous decision in a sloppy fight. Williamson, sporting a major height advantage, outworked Conway for the bout’s entirety but was unable to hurt or put the local fighter down or away. Conway did his best to land looping punches and had a couple surges in the second and final round but not enough to overcome. Scores were 40-36 x 2 and 39-37.
In the first professional bout of the night Pittsburgh light heavyweight "Irish" Cian Dalton, 1-0 (1), by way of County Clare, Ireland, scored a second round technical knockout over Ohio’s Rock Presley, 0-1, in his professional debut. Dalton, behind an enthusiastic contingent of fans waving the Irish flag, stalked his opponent in the opening round while Presley circled the ring and threw looping shots. A couple of those looping shots found the target but the steady pressure and body work of Dalton won him the round. Dalton poured it on in the second continuing to pressure his opponent into the ropes. A flurry of punches to the head and body of Presley, whose legs were unsteady by this point, brought him to the canvas. He made it back to his feet by referee Rick Steigerwald’s 8-count but was reluctant to continue.
John Ladasky III (South Park Boxing) W DEC over Frank Dinottio (Struthers, Ohio)-175 lbs-Masters Division
Aaron Koontz (Rimsek’s Boxing) W DEC over Ed Boehler (South Park Boxing)-185 lbs-Masters Division
Rosie Morales (Ellwood City Boxing) W DEC over Matt Conway (South Park Boxing)-132 lbs-Open Division
Notables in attendance were former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer and former IBF lightweight champ Paul Spadafora.
March 30, 2013