Sammy Vasquez takes on Emmanuel Lartei Lartey in the main event of tonight’s ShoBox tripleheader.
Tonight at 10:00 pm EST on Showtime, ShoBox: The New Generation is back with a tripleheader from Goossen Promotions live from Pittsburgh, where local favorite Sammy Vasquez will take on Emmanuel Lartei Lartey in the 10-round welterweight main event.
Vasquez (17-0, 13 KO) has a strong local following and brings passionate fans to his fights at the CONSOL Energy Center, where he’ll be fighting for the third straight outing. His last two bouts there have been televised wins over James Stevenson and Alberto Mosquera. The 28-year-old, who served two tours in Iraq with the National Guard, will look to keep his roll going against Lartey (16-2-1, 7 KO), a potentially dangerous foe.
Lartey, 33, is certainly no world-beater, but he’s coming off of a win over ancient Steve Forbes, and the southpaw’s two losses were to former Olympians and top prospects Errol Spence Jr and Felix Diaz.
Also in action tonight will be Cuban light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KO), who faces undefeated Craig Baker (15-0, 11 KO) in a 10-round bout. Savigne, 36, has had an odd pro career to date, losing his third fight to Harvey Jolley back in 2010, and having a TKO-4 win over Jackson Junior erased in 2013 after failing a post-fight drug test. He was also the fighter who beat Jeff Lacy via TKO-2 in July of last year, with Lacy claiming that the man who weighed in was not the same person he fought. (This was nonsense, but it’s worth remembering as an oddity.)
Baker, 31, is a Texan fighter who has not faced anyone of consequence in his first 15 bouts.
Opening the show tonight will be a 10-round fight between featherweights Claudio Marrero (17-1, 13 KO) and Orlando Rizo (18-5, 11 KO). Marrero, a 25-year-old Dominican southpaw, lost a competitive fight in 2013 to Jesus Cuellar, who has emerged as a legitimate contender in the division since then. Rizo, 30, is a Nicaraguan veteran whose best win came over Alejandro Hernandez in 2011.