Pittsburgh fighters and the Pittsburgh area have a busy weekend ahead of them. 2013 Kissing The Canvas Prospect of the Year Sammy Vasquez steps through the ropes for the first time in 2014 and there is a stacked show in Morgantown.
Vasquez will fight in Elizabeth again on February 1 against a late replacement opponent. Vasquez was slated to fight against fellow undefeated Michael Moore. For reasons that I'm not aware of Moore pulled out of the fight and now Vasquez will fight Jamar Freeman.
Freeman is 10-2-2 (6 KO) and is 1-2 in his last three fights but both losses were to top fighters and one loss was very close. This is the second time that Vasquez (11-0 7 KO) has tried to step up to only watch the fighter pull out.
Ayi Bruce was the last fighter to sign on the dotted line before pulling out. Vasquez will look to win impressively so he can finally take the step up that he wants to. You may want to catch Vasquez before he outgrows the area.
The fights start at 7:00 and the doors open at 5:30.
Stacked Morgantown Card Features Karpency Brothers and Daniel Martz.
On the same night, Saturday February 1, Tommy Karpency returns to the ring, his brother Jeremiah looks to keep his winning streak alive, and giant heavyweight Daniel Martz returns.
Tommy Karpecny (21-4-1 14 KO) will return to the ring for the first time since his loss to IBO world champion Andrzej Fonfara. Karpency was winning the fight, which was for the vacant IBO title, before injuring his arm and losing via TKO-7.
Kaprecny will look to avenge a loss to local fighter Rayco Saunders (23-21-2 10). Saunders handed Karpecny his first loss in 2008 by a tight unanimous decision.
Since then Karpency has gone 10-3 and fought for the world title twice, coming up short both times. Saunders has gone 7-11 but as always has fought the best of the best.
The fight that has my attention is 6'7" Daniel Martz against former United States Olympian Dante Craig. The 250 pound Martz went 2-1-1 in 2013 with a questionable loss to John L. Smith and a tight loss to Joshua Tufte.
Tufte won two cards, 97-93 96-94, while Martz (9-1-1 6 KO) won the other card 96-94. Martz has kept a very tough schedule with his last fight opponents having a combined record of 63-18. One of the fighters had 17 losses while the other four had one combined loss.
He dealt with some hand injuries but is fully healthy and at 23-years-old has a bright future ahead of him. Craig (20-18-1 15 KO) will be in his way. The record isn't pretty but Craig was an Olympian so he has skills.
Craig's last loss was to fellow local Jeremiah Karpency. He will look to go to 10-0 against former IBF super middleweight title challenger Rubin Williams (29-22-1 16 KO).
Williams recently fought, and lost to, local heavyweights Jason Bergman, KO-1, and Martz, UD-8.
These are two very good cards and if you can't make the Vasquez card in Elizabeth it is worth the trip to Morgantown.