Fight Night: Sat, Jan 23, 2016 - Staples Center, Los Angeles

Vasquez vs Martinez

Rising star Sammy Vasquez kept his perfect record intact with a sixth-round TKO of Aron Martinez, who was unable to continue after Round 6.
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Vasquez vs Martinez full fight: January 23, 2016

Vasquez vs Martinez Round by Round Fight Summary. Rounds are displayed numerically as columns. Each row will display one of the following: W for win, L for loss, KO for knockout, or TKO for technical knock out. An empty column means that data is not available.
Fighter Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Vasquez No data available No data available No data available No data available
Martinez No data available No data available No data available No data available

Highlights

  • –With much faster hands and superior power, Sammy Vasquez controlled the pace and the range of his one-sided drubbing of Aron Martinez from the opening bell.

  • –Martinez tried to jump-start his offense by pressing forward and firing away early in Round 3, but he was blitzed by Vasquez counterpunches for his efforts.

  • –Martinez suffered an injury to his left elbow early in the fight, and when he couldn’t answer the bell for Round 7, referee Eddie Hernandez called off the bout, giving Vasquez the TKO win.

An Army veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, Sammy Vasquez (21-0, 15 KOs) believes that boxing is therapeutic for him, that it calms him in a way.

True to his words, Vasquez was a poised, relaxed presence as he dismantled an overwhelmed Aron Martinez (20-5-1, 4 KOs) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Saturday, winning by sixth-round TKO when Martinez was unable to continue because of an elbow injury.

With far superior hand speed and power, Vasquez completely controlled both the pace of the fight and the range at which it took place. The 29-year-old southpaw peppered Martinez with jabs early, then plastered him with straight left hands at will.

Martinez is normally a high-energy, come-forward mauler who likes to shrink the distance between he and his opponent and hammer away on the inside. But the 34-year-old Mexican was the opposite on this night, tentative, gun-shy and reluctant to lead.

Hard to blame Martinez: If he did attempt to get off first and initiate the action, he got blasted by rapid-fire combinations from the stronger, faster Vasquez.

Vasquez kept his hands low at times as if to lure Martinez in, but the latter seldom took the bait. Instead, Vasquez instead stalked down his opponent, rocking him to the head and body with both hands.

It didn’t help matters for Martinez that he apparently hurt his left elbow early in the fight, an injury that led to an early finish—Vasquez’s 10th stoppage victory in his past 12 contests.

Sammy Vasquez and Aron Martinez

Sammy Vasquez dodges a jab from Aron Martinez during their 147-pound clash Saturday in L.A. Vasquez improved to 21-0 with a sixth-round stoppage. (Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions)

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