Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez dominated Jose “Piston” Lopez in front of his hometown fans, scoring a fifth-round stoppage at the Convocation Center at California State University of Pennsylvania in California, PA.
Vasquez (20-0, 14ko’s) started off fast as he constantly peppered the hard-charging Lopez in the early rounds. He mixed in some gorgeous body shots in the process and in the fourth round wobbled Lopez (25-4-1, 15ko’s) several times with solid combinations.
“He was real wild and the last thing I wanted was to get caught with a lucky shot,” Vasquez said after the win. “His body was wide open every time he came with the right hand. When he came in with the double right hand he left his ribs wide open.”
In the fifth round, Vasquez continued to press the action and dropped Lopez, who was hurt and barley beat the count. Vasquez thought the bout was over and started to celebrate before realizing that Lopez did get back up on his feet.
“I wanted to key-in on the body, but his head was right there,” he added. He (Lopez) bent over and was ready to take punches.”
However, moments later, Vasquez dropped Lopez again with some gorgeous combinations, prompting referee Gary Rosato to stop the contest at 1:08 into the stanza.
Vasquez landing 108 out of 189 thrown for a staggering 57.1 percentage in route to winning on all three judges scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
Lopez saw his eight-fight winning streak snapped in dramatic fashion.
“He (Vasquez) moved well side-to-side,” Lopez said. “He is a very good boxer. I am very disappointed. I came here to win.”
In the opening bout of the card, Wilmington, Delaware native Omar “Super O” Douglas (15-0, 11ko’s) remained undefeated with a tough 10-round unanimous decision over Braulio Santos.
Douglas started off the contest fast as he typically does. He attacked the body and scored a first-round knockdown with a strong stiff jab that caught Santos by surprise.
In round two, Douglas delivered another knockdown thanks to a gorgeous left hook that sent Santos crashing to the canvas.
“The jab is always a great weapon for me,” said Douglas. “He (Santos) gave me more head movement after I was landing the jab. I tried to use the jab to the body and hurt him a few times. He was so short I had trouble throwing body shots.”
The judges saw scored it 99-87, 97-89 and 96-90 in favor of Douglas, who went past eight rounds for the first time of his career. The bout was his first slated 10-rounder of his young career as well.
“It was a hard fight,” said the 25-year-old Santos (12-3, 1ko), who has now dropped three of five. “But I thought it was closer.”