Sign Up for PBC News
Get the latest fight announcements, fighter spotlights, and other PBC news delivered to your inbox.
With one right hook, former world champion Luis Collazo recharged his career and delivered a second straight setback to Sammy Vasquez Jr.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.