Everybody knew that Sammy Vasquez would be putting his undefeated record on the line against fellow undefeated James Stevenson on August 8 in the co-main event at The Consol Energy Center. This will be the first time that Vasquez (15-0 11 KO) fights for a professional title, the vacant USBA welterweight title.
What most people didn't know is the card will also feature Pittsburgh boxer Monty Meza Clay. That makes two of the big six, minus Rod Salka, who has a little fight going on the next night in Brooklyn, Paul Spadafora and Jason Bergman who defends his regional title a few weeks before at The Meadows Casino in Washington.
Meza Clay (35-3 27 KO) of Rankin will be stepping into the ring against Rene Gonzalez. Gonzalez (31-6-1 23 KO) is coming off of a loss against Bryan Vasquez in a fight for the interim WBA World super featherweight title. This is a risky return for Meza Clay who hasn't been in the ring in 14 months. He could of taken an easier fight but a win puts him right back in the title picture.
In his last fight he beat Adolfo Landeros, his seventh straight win since losing back to back fights in 2009. Meza Clay has been battling some injuries but is back at full strength and ready to show the world that he is a serious contender.
Gonzalez holds wins over Ricardo Alvarez and a then undefeated Abdiel Ramirez. This will be a good test for Meza Clay as Gonazlez loses to the better fighters he faces. If he loses he will have to take a long hard look in the mirror and make a decision on his career.