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 Last update:  8/17/2013       Read more by Chris Robinson         
   
Damien Vazquez is Ready For Pro Debut in Cancun
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By Chris Robinson

This Saturday night in Cancun, Mexico, Golden Boy Promotions will stage a show headlined by a junior lightweight title clash between WBC champion Takashi Miura and streaking contender Sergio Yeyo Thompson.

On the undercard, 16-year old amateur champion Damien Sugar Vazquez will be making his professional debut when he squares off with Miguel Meneses.

A little of a year ago, Vazquez began creating some buzz around the Las Vegas gym scene after some brisk sparring sessions with some seasoned pros.

Vazquez was then training under the tutelage of Floyd Mayweather Sr., who heaped great praise upon him at the time, but he now finds himself working with his older brother Israel, a former junior featherweight champion known best to fight fans for his memorable wars with Rafael Marquez.

Working out of his personal facility, the Magnifico Boxing Gym in Huntington Park, Calif., Israel was able to see first-hand the kind of attributes that his brother brings to the table.

The way I see things, its very, very rare that a 16-year old has the potential to do the things hes doing now, Israel stated. Dominating sparring partners at the age of 25, 26. Thats what makes him a very special young man and special fighter. I know that hes going to be able to make his debut in devastating fashion.

While Israels fan-friendly style led to many memorable encounters in the ring, he also had boxing ability of his own that was perhaps a little underrated.

Now, as a trainer, Israel will look to fine-tune his brother as his professional career progresses.

I worked a lot with Damien on setting his punches right, throwing with more power, and letting his hands go, Israel stated.

All one has to do is catch Damien in training to tell that he is all about his business. There is not much horseplay involved when he is at work, and maybe thats why the proposition of his first professional fight isnt too big of a deal to him.

Ive got the pro debut coming up, stated Damien. Im not too nervous about it or anything. Im just taking it like Hey, this is just another fight that Im going to have.

As far as his connection to his older sibling, Damien claims that there was an instant connection inside of the gym.

I like the way he trained me, stated Damien. We clicked together, good chemistry. It was a different type of training camp compared to all the others. I just liked it in general.

And while the focus of this weekends card will be placed upon the Miura-Thompson clash, Damian feels that he will be making the first steps towards his own memorable ride.

Im expecting for it to be a great show, said Damien. Im going to give it my best, to show everybody that Im a 16-year old that can fight; that has experience and everything behind him. Im not a typical, average standout boxer. Im more than that.

I feel ready, he added. Ever since Ive been an amateur Ive been beating up on pros and everything and Im ready for the next level.

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