About the only thing as impressive as Sammy Vasquez’s military record is his list of accomplishments since beginning his pro boxing career less than four years ago.

Take, for instance, his résumé from August 2014 to September 2015. During that 13-month stretch, the U.S. Army National Guard specialist and two-time Iraq war veteran faced five opponents … who had a combined record of 108-7-3 … and who were all manhandled by the 29-year-old southpaw.

After those five statement-making victories—three of which ended before the final bell—it seemed only a matter of time before Vasquez would secure a marquee fight. Well, that time is coming, as Vasquez (20-0, 14 KOs) will square off against Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs) on January 23 in a clash of 147-pound title contenders at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The scheduled 12-round contest will serve as the lead-in to the Premier Boxing Champions main event between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero (Fox, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

“I’m excited to be fighting Aron Martinez and to be fighting on this big stage,” Vasquez said. “This is just another steppingstone for me to move closer to my goal of fighting for a world title.”

Vasquez will be returning to the ring for the first time since September 2015, when he stopped Jose Lopez (25-3-1) in the fifth round. That triumph followed his decisive 10-round unanimous decision over Wale Omotoso (25-1). Prior to that, Vasquez won a 10-round unanimous decision over Emmanuel Lartei Lartey (16-2-1), and knocked out Alberto Mosquera (21-1-2) and James Stevenson (21-0) in the first and ninth rounds, respectively.

While the 5-foot-10 Vasquez has put together a string of dominating performances, Martinez is coming off the biggest victory of his career. Despite being a heavy underdog, Martinez earned a 10-round unanimous decision over former two-division world champ Devon Alexander on October 14 in Glendale, Arizona.

That win came on the heels of an impressive showing against Guerrero on June 6 in Carson, California. In that contest, Martinez dropped Guerrero in the fourth round but came up on the short end of a somewhat controversial 10-round split decision.

A native of Mexico and longtime resident of East Los Angeles, California, Martinez will be fighting Vasquez in his backyard. Conversely, Vasquez, who has fought almost exclusively in his native Pennsylvania, will be making his California debut.

“This is a great opportunity that I am very thankful for,” Martinez said. “Sammy is a great fighter whom I have a lot of respect for, but Los Angeles is my home. I intend on defending my turf and coming out victorious.”

Source:  Premier Boxing Champions


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