It was a busy week for Pittsburgh boxing as Rayco Saunders will step up on late notice to fight undefeated light heavyweight prospect Eleider Alvarez (7-0 5 KO) on Friday Night Fights.
Saunders (22-15-2 9 KO) will be facing the Colombian fighter in a eight round fight. A quick glance at the record of Alvarez shows that Saunders will be his toughest test to date.
Saunders is coming off a loss to Gregory Soszynski (21-1-1 10 KO). That fight was for the IBF North American light heavyweight title. Before the loss Saunders was on a two fight win streak.
Alvarez is riding a seven fight win streak and won the vacant WBO NABO light heavyweight title with a KO-1 over Emiliano Cayetano (21-3 12 KO). This will be the fifth straight fight Alvarez has had at The Bell Center.
Sammy Vasquez added to card at The Mountaineer.
In news that should excite any local Pittsburgh boxing fan prospect Sammy Vasquez (1-0 1 KO) will be stepping into the ring just 21 days after making his exciting debut.
He will be facing a TBA opponent.
Vasquez was a decorated amateur and a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq. While fighting in the amateurs he won the the 2011 PAL National Champion and the 2011 and 2010 All Army Armed Forces Gold Medalist.
The 26-year-old Monessen, Pennsylvania native was just two fights away from making the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. After falling short of that goal Vasquez debuted on April 7 against tough Pittsburgh fighter Clifford Gregory.
Vasquez domianted the fight and won via TKO-2. Vasquez appears to have it all as his defense, speed, power, and footwork all looked to be above average. He also worked the body very good for a debuting fighter and looked relaxed in the ring.
Vasquez brings a huge following with him and it makes the atmosphere very enjoyable.
Tickets for the fight $25 for bleachers, $35 general admission, $50 silver seating,$100 ringside. There are two charter buses going to the fight. It is $20 a seat and will leave at 2pm at the Firemans in Monessen downtown. For reservations for bus seating and tickets call 724-797-8694
The fight is Saturday April 28th. Fights Start at 7:30pm at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack in The Harv.