Sammy Vasquez, Craig Baker, and Claudio Marrero were the winners on tonight’s edition of ShoBox.
Sammy Vasquez stayed undefeated with a fairly dominant win tonight in Pittsburgh, beating Emmanuel Lartey in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation in front of an appreciative hometown crowd.
Vasquez (18-0, 13 KO) couldn’t stop the very tough Lartey (16-3-1, 7 KO), but no one else has, either, and that includes prospects like Felix Diaz and Errol Spence Jr. What Vasquez did do was clearly win the fight, with scores of 99-91, 99-91, and 100-90. BLH had it 99-91 for Vasquez, and the welterweight prospect may be ready for a step up in competition as soon as his next fight.
Unknown and untested Craig Baker shocked light heavyweight Humberto Savigne with a second round TKO win, dropping the Cuban hard, completely blowing up his legs, and forcing referee Ernie Sharif to stop the bout with Savigne sort of thrashing around on his feet. Baker (16-0, 12 KO) is a 31-year-old from Baytown, Texas, who had never fought above a club level before, even when traveling internationally. This is a big time win for him, and should get him back on TV. For the 36-year-old Savigne (12-2, 9 KO), this is a big loss, and probably shuts the case on his questionable chin.
Featherweight Claudio Marrero dominated Orlando Rizo in the broadcast’s opening fight, scoring four knockdowns and cruising to a wide decision win over eight rounds. Official scores were 80-68, 78-70, and 78-71. BLH had it 80-69 for Marrero, who improves to 18-1 (13 KO). Marrero scored knockdowns in the second, third (twice), and fifth rounds en route to the win. Rizo, who showed a lot of heart and toughness if not much by way of effective offense, falls to 18-6 (11 KO).