–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.
- Vasquez vs Martinez