CALIFORNIA, PA -- Undefeated prospect Sammy Vasquez took another step towards contender status in the welterweight division via a fifth round TKO of Jose Lopez last night at the University of Pennsylvania.
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CALIFORNIA, PA — Undefeated prospect Sammy Vasquez took another step towards contender status in the welterweight division via a fifth round TKO of Jose Lopez last night at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fighting before his hometown fans, Vasquez’s combination of speed and power took full advantage of Lopez’s predictable charges. Vasquez fired off repeated power shot combinations inside that quickly sapped Lopez’s strength.
“He was real wild and the last thing I wanted was to get caught with a lucky shot,” Vasquez reflected. “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.
I wanted to key-in on the body, but his head was right there. He bent over and was ready to take punches.”
An unrelenting series of right hooks and left uppercuts put Lopez down in the fourth, and repeated the feat to close the bout in the fifth.
It’s time to start throwing Vasquez’s name in when we talk about other PBC welterweights. He’s still a win or two away from even being considered against the likes of a Keith Thurman or even a Errol Spence, but I think Vasquez has done enough to earn a shot at someone like Robert Guerrero. And if the rumored Khan-Garcia rematch doesn’t materialize, a Garcia fight against Vasquez would produce great action.
And who does Vasquez himself want?
“Everybody in front of me is on my mind. I can only get to the top by beating the people in front of me. I’m not calling out any names, because I want every person ranked in front of me. I want everyone.”