Vazquez takes on Lopez; hopes stock will continue to rise in welterweight division with win

Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Undefeated welterweight contender Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez will meet Jose Lopez in a slated 10-round affair as PBC visits the California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA on Tuesday September 15th.

Vazquez (19-0, 13ko’s) is coming off a brutal and vicious bout against Wale Omotoso back in June. The Nigerian Omotoso, who many considered a knockout artist, entered that bout having only one loss on his resume. Vasquez showed a ton of heart in the fight, but more importantly showed he can bang with a heavy-handed boxer, as well as box him on the outside

“The best feeling in boxing is fighting in your hometown,” said the southpaw Vasquez. “I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity. The 29-year-old turned pro in 2012, after serving two tours of duty in Iraq as a member of the National Guard.

He advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and won gold at the 2010 and 2011 Armed Forces Boxing Championships. A win would not only help his stock rise, but it will also set up talk about getting future fights against some of the top dogs at 147lbs., like Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter.

The 24-year-old Lopez, who will be making his U.S. debut, knows he will be entering the ring as a heavy underdog and understands the importance of not letting the hometown crowd get to him early.

He has had some notable wins on his resume, including triumphs over Jorge Paez Jr., Jose Emilio Perea and Jhonny Navarrete over the course of his five-year career.

 “I’m very excited for this opportunity,” Lopez (25-3-1, 15ko’s) said. “I know I will be the underdog and the fans will start out rooting for Vasquez, but I will show them I have the heart of a champion. It will be a great fight for all the fans watching.”

Lopez has won eight straight since losing his WBF World welterweight title against Humberto Soto in his first title defense in 2012.

The co-main event will see a great match up as well, when light heavyweight Thomas Williams (18-1, 12ko’s) tangles with Umberto Savigne (12-2, 9ko’s) over ten rounds.

The card will air on Fox Sports 1.



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