Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Monessen's Vasquez Jr. Has New Challenge

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Monessen's Vasquez Jr. Has New Challenge

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Local boxing product Sammy Vasquez Jr. will look to add to his undefeated record with a welterweight fight against Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz next Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. Vasquez, a Monessen native, is 21-0 with 15 knockouts.

Vasquez, 29, originally was slated to face former welterweight world titleholder Luis Collazo before Collazo withdrew July 1 aftera calf muscle was torn in training. Instead he faces Diaz, who also was undefeated before an Oct. 17, 2015 loss to Lamont Peterson.

"Diaz is coming off a close majority decision loss, his first defeat, so I know he's hungry to get back in that win column," Vasquez said in a statement. "This is a dangerous fight and I'm not taking it lightly. Like always, I'm willing and ready to fight anyone they put in front of me."

The fight will be broadcast at 8 p. …

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