Sammy Vasquez Jr.
Sammy Vasquez Jr.

Sammy Vasquez

“The Who Can Mexican”

RECORD

21 - 2 - 0

KOs

15

Weight 147 lbs (66.82 kg)

Age 31

Home Monessen, Pennsylvania,

Complete Stats

After serving two tours in Iraq, Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. has traded the battlefield for the boxing ring, where he still packs plenty of firepower. Read Bio

Last Fight

loss vs Luis Collazo

Feb 02, 2017 / Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Tunica, Mississippi

Vasquez suffered his second consecutive defeat, falling by sixth-round knockout.

Latest News

Latest
Sammy Vasquez Jr. and Luis CollazoPBC Boxing Video
Feb 2, 2017 / Vasquez vs Collazo, Sammy Vasquez Jr, Luis Collazo, Eddie Ramirez, Ryan Karl, Jose Miguel Borrego

Collazo gains the upper hand against Vasquez with devastating knockout

With one right hook, former world champion Luis Collazo recharged his career and delivered a second straight setback to Sammy Vasquez Jr.

PBC Jabs Premier Boxing ChampionsPBC Boxing Video
Feb 2, 2017 / Frampton vs Santa Cruz, Zlaticanin vs Garcia, Vasquez vs Collazo, Sammy Vasquez Jr, PBC Jabs

PBC Jabs recaps a world championship doubleheader, checks in with Vasquez

This week in PBC Jabs, host Jordan Hardy takes another look at the Frampton-Santa Cruz and Zlaticanin-Garcia world title fights, and chats with Sammy Vasquez Jr. before he faces Luis Collazo tonight on FS1.

Sammy Vasquez Jr. and Luis Collazo
Feb 1, 2017 / Vasquez vs Collazo, Sammy Vasquez Jr, Luis Collazo

Vasquez, Collazo geared up for career-defining 147-pound battle

What happens when two skilled boxers at opposite points in their careers meet in a fight that neither believes he can afford to lose? We’re about to find out.

Fights

Fights

Loss vs Luis Collazo

Feb 02, 2017 Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Tunica, Mississippi

Sammy Vasquez Jr. LOSES to Luis Collazo by KO in Round 6 of 10

Loss vs Felix Diaz

Jul 16, 2016 Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama

Sammy Vasquez Jr LOSES to Felix Diaz by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Aron Martinez

Jan 23, 2016 Staples Center, Los Angeles

Sammy Vasquez Jr. WINS against Aron Martinez by TKO in Round 6 of 12

Win vs Aaron Martinez 20-4-1

Jan 23, 2016 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Aaron Martinez by RTD in Round 6 of 12

Win vs Jose Lopez

Sep 15, 2015 California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center, California, Pennsylvania

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Jose Lopez by TKO in Round 5 of 10

Win vs Wale Omotoso

Jun 21, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Wale Omotoso by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Emmanuel Lartei Lartey 16-2-1

Feb 20, 2015 CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Emmanuel Lartei Lartey by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Alberto Mosquera 21-1-2

Nov 14, 2014 CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Alberto Mosquera by KO in Round 1 of 10

WIN vs James Stevenson 21-0-0

Aug 08, 2014 CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

James Stevenson LOSES to Sammy Vasquez by TKO in Round 9 of 10

Win vs Jay Krupp 17-6-0

Jun 06, 2014 Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Jay Krupp by TKO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Juan Rodriguez Jr 11-0-0

Apr 18, 2014 Convention Center, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Juan Rodriguez Jr by TKO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Berlin Abreu 7-0-0

Feb 22, 2014 Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Berlin Abreu by TKO in Round 4 of 6

Win vs Jamar Freeman 10-2-2

Feb 01, 2014 Courttime Sports Complex, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Jamar Freeman by TKO in Round 5 of 8

Win vs Gilbert Venegas 12-10-4

Oct 12, 2013 Green Tree Complex, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Gilbert Venegas by TKO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Larry Darnell Ventus 6-3-0

Aug 03, 2013 Rostraver Ice Garden, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Larry Darnell Ventus by TKO in Round 3 of 6

Win vs Ben Ankrah 17-14-0

May 25, 2013 Rostraver Ice Garden, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Ben Ankrah by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Hector Orozco 6-13-0

Mar 30, 2013 Courttime Sports Complex, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Hector Orozco by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Leandro Damian Albornoz 16-2-1

Mar 02, 2013 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Leandro Damian Albornoz by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs George Sosa 6-1-0

Nov 24, 2012 Ice Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against George Sosa by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Austin Marcum 2-1-0

Aug 17, 2012 Ice Garden, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Austin Marcum by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Anthony Willis 1-0-1

Jul 14, 2012 Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Anthony Willis by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Gabriel Morris 4-19-2

Jun 23, 2012 Green Tree Complex, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Gabriel Morris by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Damon Antoine 9-35-2

Apr 28, 2012 Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, USA

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Damon Antoine by UD in Round 4 of 4

WIN vs Clifford Gregory 1-8-4

Apr 07, 2012 Courttime Sports Complex, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, USA

Clifford Gregory LOSES to Sammy Vasquez by TKO in Round 2 of 4

Stats

Sammy Vasquez “The Who Can Mexican”

  • WINS 21
  • LOSSES 2
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 15

Weight 147 lbs (66.82 kg)

Height 5'10" (1.78 m)

Reach 71" (180 cm)

  • Born

    April 15, 1986
  • Age

    31
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Monessen, PA
  • Trains in

    Monessen, PA
  • Stance

    Southpaw
  • Rounds Boxed

    104
  • KO Percentage

    65%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Bio

A warrior in the ring and outside of it, former National Guard soldier Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. has gone from battlefields to boxing. The 147-pound contender has served his country, and now he’s serving notice to the other fighters in his division.

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From bullies to the boxing ring

A native of Monessen, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, Vasquez began boxing at age 9 because he was being bullied at the time.

Although Vasquez remained active in the sport through his teenage years, he enlisted in the National Guard to help pay for college, which led him to two tours of Iraq.

Eventually, Vasquez entered the Army World Class Athlete Program, earning gold in both the 2010 and 2011 Armed Forces Tournament, medaling in the CISM World Military Games and taking third in the 2012 Olympic trials.

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Finding solace in the ring

After experiencing the horrors of war firsthand, boxing became therapeutic for Vasquez, who served eight years with the National Guard.

“Boxing definitely helped me out in my serenity,” Vasquez said, speaking candidly about the challenges of returning home after serving in a time of war.

“It calmed me down because when you first get back, you’re always on point. Boxing was a place where I could just unwind, take myself out of the element, relax.”

Vasquez made his professional debut in April 2012, gaining a second-round technical knockout of Clifford Gregory in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.

Sammy Vasquez Jr. and Emmanuel Lartei Lartey
Sammy Vasquez Jr. sneaks a left hand through in his win over Emmanuel Lartei Lartey in Pittsburgh on February 20, 2015.

Becoming a well-rounded fighter

Fighting primarily in his home state, Vasquez quickly began turning heads with power in both hands and his exciting, fan-friendly style.

The southpaw won 13 of his first 18 fights by way of knockout, compiling a string of eight consecutive KOs at one point.

A volume puncher as well as a crafty boxer, Vasquez defines himself as being hard to define.

“My main goal and objective is to be able to adapt inside the ring,” he said. “There are a lot of fighters who are one-dimensional. They either come forward and they’re brawlers or they box the whole time and they can’t brawl.

“I want to know every aspect of the game and make sure that no matter what, I’m going to win. It’s really hard for me to pinpoint what I am as a fighter, but I just think that in general, I’m well-rounded. I can do it all if I need to.”

Sammy Vasquez Jr. and Wale Omotoso
Sammy Vasquez Jr. throws a right hand against Wale Omotoso in Las Vegas on June 21, 2015. (Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)

Bloodied but still unbeaten

Vasquez returned to the ring on June 21, 2015, making his Premier Boxing Champions debut against Wale Omotoso at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas in a 147-pound bout that aired on CBS.

The Pennsylvania native gained the upper hand throughout the early portion of the 10-round bout. Omotoso, however, battled back in the middle rounds and bloodied Vasquez's face.

Vasquez sent Omotoso's mouthpiece flying to the canvas with a solid left hand in Round 5, and continually landed the bigger blows in the fight.

Vasquez continued to press forward throughout the fight and wore his Nigerian opponent down, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 on all three judges' scorecards.