Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sammy "Sergeant" Vasquez Battles To Win

Gorman: 'Sergeant' Sammy hopes title is next
TribLive
Kevin Gorman
July 15, 2016

Vasquez entered the ring via a Humvee and wearing camouflage trunks, so adopting The Sergeant nickname made sense for him. He's an outspoken advocate for veterans, and he doesn't shy from speaking about his battles with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sammy Vasquez (left) throws a punch at Aron Martinez during their
welterweight bout Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Los Angeles.
PHOTO BY AP
In a tribute to his two tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army, boxer Sammy Vasquez Jr. changed his nickname from The Who Can Mexican to The Sergeant.

The 30-year-old welterweight from Monessen believes he is on the cusp of a title that carries even more clout: How does “world champion” sound?

Vasquez embraces the idea of becoming Western Pennsylvania's next world boxing champ.

His immediate predecessors are two of his heroes. Former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer is from Vasquez's hometown of Monessen, and former lightweight champ Paul Spadafora represented Pittsburgh out of McKees Rocks.

“When I think of Michael Moorer or Paul Spadafora or even Billy Conn, I still am like, to me, he's a great,” Vasquez, 30, said. “To put myself in that category, it's weird for me. I'm still a huge fan. To put my name up there with those guys is an awesome feeling.”
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