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Sammy Vasquez: I Knew in My Heart That I Lost The Fight

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Felix Diaz unanimously outpointed Sammy Vasquez on Saturday night in a super lightweight bout.

The 10-round fight was initially announced as a majority draw, bringing boos from the Legacy Arena crowd. After a recount, Diaz (18-1) was ruled the winner, and Vasquez applauded him and pointed to Diaz when the final outcome was called out.

The difference came when the referee took a point from Vasquez (21-1) in the final round when his mouthpiece popped out for the third time in the fight. That changed Diaz’s margin to 96-93 from one judge and 95-94 the other two, who had initially called it even.

Sammy Vasquez vs Felix Diaz - July 16_ 2016_Fight_Ryan Hafey _ Premier Boxing Champions3

Diaz, an Olympic champion for the Dominican Republic in 2008, was coming off a majority decision loss to Lamont Peterson in October.
 
"I knew in my heart I lost that fight. I tried my hardest but there were things I should have done that I didn't do. We can't look in the past. He's a hell of fighter. He's an Olympic gold medalist for a reason. He had a tough decision loss to Lamont Peterson. To me he was an undefeated Olympic gold medalist. I take nothing away from the man. He's a hell of a fighter. I'm a hell of a fighter. At the end of the day we put on a great show," Vasquez said.
 
"We'll huddle up and start back at the drawing board. I've got to start knocking those names down again. I've never been in a situation where I had to wait for them to add up the scores again, because obviously I was undefeated. This is my first loss. Losses you learn from. Losses just mean you have room to grow. We'll take this and come back strong the next time."

"I know I had him hurt as soon as I hit him in the head twice. I saw him wobble and grab ahold of me. He was very slippery. As soon as I tried to push him away my hands would slip away. Hey, it was a hell of a fight. I take nothing away from the man.''

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SeekDaGreat on 07-19-2016

I'm watching the fight now, you mean to tell me Sammy lost the last 6 rounds?? I had him up easily 3-0 with round 4 being a toss up. So possibly up 4-0 and he still lost? I gotta see…

Comment by Santa_ on 07-19-2016

Who Can would have won if he had a full training camp to prepare for Diaz. Vasquez was expecting an easy fight against Collazo and then they threw Diaz in there out of nowhere. Who Can was caught totally off…

Comment by theface07 on 07-19-2016

I'm a big fan of Sammy Vasquez and you have to give him credit for stepping into the ring with a skilled operator like Diaz. Being a fan of his, I was obviously rooting for him to come out with…

Comment by slimPickings on 07-18-2016

Respect to both fighters. Vasquez was NOT exposed. He lost to an outstanding fighter who by all accounts should be undefeated in a great fight in which both had their moments. Heck i came away with a lot more respect…

Comment by mlac on 07-18-2016

[QUOTE=John Locke;16877559]I was? I picked Sammy to win but I was very high on Diaz. He's a two time Olympian, a gold medalist and should be an unbeaten pro with wins over Granados, Peterson and now Sammy. That's a serious…

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