In the co-main event of the January 23 edition of PBC on FOX, Sammy Vasquez (21-0, 15 KOs) scored a sixth-round TKO victory against Aron Martinez (20-5-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round Welterweight fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
After a slow start, Vasquez, a native of Pennsylvania, began landing shots from his southpaw stance while also working well on the inside.
Whether it was at a distance or at close range, Vasquez was more effective with his offense, leaving Martinez, a native of Mexico, with nothing more to do than to cover up and prevent as much damage as possible.
“I tried to mix it up with him a little bit, but there was no sense in me trying to do that. I could have easily outboxed him, which I started to do, but I wanted more,” said Vasquez after his abrupt victory.
Evidently, during Round 3, Martinez hurt his elbow and was unable to throw it. This is perhaps one reason he was increasingly ineffective with his offense as the rounds progressed.
“I hurt my elbow. I couldn’t throw my jab. I started to feel it in the third round. The doctor stopped it,” said a disappointed Martinez, who was nevertheless losing on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
Indeed, the judges had the fight 56-58, 55-59, and 54-60 for Vasquez before Martinez retired on his stool.
“A victory feels good of course, but I wanted more. I wanted to go 12 rounds, if it would have lasted that long. I wanted a very decisive win,” said Vasquez.
As he adds another important win to his career, Vasquez is confident but tentative about his future.
“It’s on to the next page and I’m ready for all of the guys at the top. Eventually, I’m going to get them,” said Vasquez, perhaps noting that it will take some time until he gets to the upper echelon of the division.
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