Sammy Vasquez landed nearly half his power punches in his last 4 fights and outlanded opponents 2-1 in total punches. Opponents landed just 23.2 % of their power punches- 14.5% lower than wgt. class avg. Felix Diaz will have to get past Vasquez's jab (5.5 landed in last 4 fights) to be effective, as 14.6 of his 16.8 landed punches per round (87%) were power shots.
BIRMINGHAM, AL - Undefeated contender Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz are ready for war in their pivotal welterweight showdown on Saturday, July 16 as part of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes live from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder defending his belt against two-time title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with TGB Promotions and Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and are on sale now. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
Vasquez and Diaz both have world title aspirations but will have to navigate difficult southpaw opponents in the hopes of reaching the top levels of the welterweight division. Here is what both fighters had to say about each other, training camp, the 147-pound division and more: