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Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez Takes on Jose “Piston” Lopez
By Ken Hissner, Dog House Boxing (Sept 15, 2015)

Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez
Unbeaten welterweight Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez, 19-0 (13), out of Monessen, PA, takes on Jose “Piston” Lopez, 25-3-1 (15), out of Torreon, Mexico, on Tuesday, September 15th, at California University, California, PA, over USA Fox Sports 1.

The two-time Iraq veteran Vasquez has been most impressive in his last four outings. In Las Vegas in his last bout he defeated Nigerian Wale Omotoso, 25-1, in June. Prior to that he defeated Emmanuel Lartei “Bukom Jah” Lartey, 16-2-1, of Ghana, in February. Last November he scored a first round knockout over Panama’s Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera, 21-1-2, while in August of 2014 he stopped previously unbeaten James “Keep ‘em Sleepin” Stevenson, 21-0, of Baltimore. All three of these wins came in Pittsburgh, PA.

Vasquez was trained by Ryan Rimsek in the amateurs. Now Garry Jonas and Big Sam Vasquez are the co-managers while Charles Leverette, Ryan Rimsek along with Bob Healy handle the training while Al Haymon is the advisor. Healy has plenty to say and he expressed his opinion on the upcoming fight: Sam looks good and Lopez has never been stopped but he will be this time. Sam expects him to be tough, he’s faced tough competition and avenged one of his three losses. Sam hopes that after this when he gets to 20-0 he can get a name opponent. We have a lot of faith in Al Haymon to keep him moving in the right direction. Seems a lot of these name guys want rather fight safe fights than face Sam because they know how dangerous he is. I tell Sam when you get there you will know you earned it because no one is going to pick you for an easy opponent or fight you unless they have to. Just like in the amateurs, when I started training Sam we had to pay guys to come in and fight him because no one would unless it was a tournament.

Vasquez is ranked No. 14 by the WBC and was previously promoted by the group “Iron” Mike Tyson was associated with. When they terminated Al Haymon stepped into sign him.

Healy continued: He is ready to go. He has gone 10 rounds a couple of times now easily and shut out tough opponents doing it. Showed he has a tough chin and can take a punch if he has to and he has taken guys out with one punch in either hand. If you look at the George Sosa fight on you will see the most devastating right hook you’ve seen in a long time. Sam is the kind of fighter who if after someone has seen him fight they walk out of the venue and ask when can we see him again? He comes to fight and if you are not ready he will find out and get you out of there in a hurry. He doesn’t play around and waste rounds or stall like so many guys do now days. He’s there to take care of business and he does. We are thinking this upcoming year is going to be a big year for him getting in line for one of the titles against whoever has one. He’s not picky.

In the co-feature unbeaten light heavyweight Thomas “Top Dog” Williams, Jr., 18-1 (12), of Ft. Washington, MD., takes on Cuban Umberto Savigne, 12-2 (9), out of Miami, FL, who has a win over former super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy. Williams is another Al Haymon boxer but hasn’t fought since December of 2014.

Wilmington, DE, super featherweight Omar “Super O” Douglas, 14-0 (11), will fight Braulio Santos, 12-2 (10), of PR on the undercard.

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