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Vasquez Jr. to be busy before Nov. 14 fight

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Dan Grant / For The Valley Independent
Sammy Vasquez Jr., right, will return to the ring and national television when he fights on ESPN's Friday Night Fights June 6.

Before Sammy Vasquez Jr. puts his unbeaten record on the line “Pride of Pittsburgh II” Nov. 14 at the Consol Energy Center, he will be busy making appearances in the area.

Vasquez Jr., “The Who Can Mexican” fighter from Monessen, will appear at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday to meet and greet fans. He will pose for pictures and sign autographs.

On Saturday, he will participate in the Veterans Day parade in Pittsburgh before hustling back to his hometown to participate in the Valley-wide veterans parade in Monessen in the afternoon.

“We’re getting him out there to promote this big fight, and as a veteran, he is honored to be in both parades,” said his father, Sam Vasquez Sr., who is a representative for Iron Mike Productions. “His schedule will be busy, but he is still training as hard as ever.”

At 2 p.m. Thursday, Vasquez Jr. will take part in an international media conference call, along with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, IMP chief executive officer Garry Jonas, Rankin’s Monty Meza Clay and undefeated heavyweight prospect Wes Nofire.

Tyson and Jonas will host the media conference call.

Vasquez Jr. (16-0, 12 KOs) will fight Alberto Mosquera (21-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC green belt. He is already the USBA welterweight champion.

The co-main event on the card will pit Bunola’s “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) against Clay (36-2, 22 KOs).

They will fight for Salka’s WBC FECARBOX (Central American Boxing Federation) lightweight title in a scheduled 10-round event. Clay is a two-time world champion.

Tickets for the fight show can be purchased by contacting Vasquez Sr. at 724-797-8694.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or [email protected].

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