He says the boxing ring is one of the only places he feels truly safe. His opponents can’t say the same.
A storybook year is about to have its pages set ablaze, so says the fireball on the other of the end of line.
There’s fighting fire with fire, and then there’s taking a flamethrower to a flicked Bic. This is how Sammy Vasquez used to carry himself in the ring, like the no-huddle offense incarnate, with leather in place of pigskin. Defense? That was as much an afterthought as a purity ring on prom night.
The blood coming from his face said one thing. Sammy Vasquez says another.
As a National Guard veteran who did two tours of duty in Iraq, Sammy Vasquez knows a little something about meeting difficult challenges head-on. He’s about to do just that in the biggest fight of his boxing career.