Undefeated Leon Spinks III, grandson of the former heavyweight world champion, headlines a professional boxing card presented by Pochiro Boxing Promotions, “Throwdown at Sam’s Town—Round 1,” Friday, Dec. 6, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. Also on the card, which features six professional bouts, is 2012 US National Amateur Champion Santos Vasquez.
Spinks, who’s in a four-round lightweight bout, is tall for his division at 5-foot-11-inches. The 25-year-old Spinks, whose nickname is, logically, “The Third Generation,” is from Huntington Beach, Calif., and has a record of 6-0-1 with three knockouts. The southpaw is the grandson of Leon Spinks, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and then shocked Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas two years later to win the undisputed heavyweight world championship. Spinks’ opponent will be determined.
The 22-year-old Vasquez of Reno, Nev., who’s in a four-round strawweight bout, has a professional record of 1-1 with no knockouts. He’s facing 23-year-old Yosigey Ramirez of Las Vegas, who has a record of 0-1-2.
This is the second boxing card for burgeoning Pochiro Boxing Promotions of Las Vegas, and the first at a Boyd Gaming property. Pochiro Boxing Promotions held its inaugural card during August at a non-gaming facility. Its success paved the way for even bigger and better cards.
“We were delighted and enthused by our first card, and Sam’s Town recognized what we achieved and what we will be doing,” said Pete Pochiro, CEO of Pochiro Boxing Promotions.
“We believe we’re filling a much-needed niche in Southern Nevada,” said Pochiro. “We are confident Las Vegas boxing fans want and will support exciting cards that are reasonably priced,” said Pochiro. “Of course, we are not presenting 12-round, world championship fights, but then, we aren’t charging $500. We aren’t even charging $75.
“We’re presenting youngsters who throw down because they’re anxious to move up in the sport,” said Pochiro. “These are the kind of fighters and bouts that make any card attractive. As fight fans know, most of the time the best fights on a championship card are the preliminary bouts. That’s what we’re offering, action and entertainment, and we’re making it cost-effective.”
Other bouts include: Antton Slaughter (4-1-1, 1 KO) of Columbus, Ohio, against Jesse Carradine (8-2-1, 4 KOs) of Las Vegas in a six-round super featherweight bout; Bronson Stultz (1-0, 1 KO) of Henderson, Nev., against Wilberth Lopez (1-2, 1 KO) of Tucson, Ariz., in a four-round welterweight bout; Cameron Kreal (4-5-2, 0 KOs) against Richard Colas Quesada (1-1, 1 KO) of Las Vegas in a four-round super lightweight bout; Oscar Vasquez (5-1, 0 KOs) of Reno against Richard Hernandez (2-6-1, 0 KOs) of El Campo, Texas, in a four-round flyweight bout.
Carradine originally is from Cincinnati while Stultz originally is from Honolulu. The 26-year-old Oscar Vasquez is the older brother of Santos.
Doors to Sam’s Town Live! Open at 5 p.m. (Pacific) Friday, Dec. 6, with amateur bouts beginning at 5:15 and professionals starting at 7.
Tickets are priced at $25 for general admission, $35 for preferred, $50 for ringside and $65 for VIP.
Tickets are available at Sam’s Town front desk; by calling 702-284-7777 24 hours; online at samstownlv.com/hotel-entertainment; and at these Boyd Gaming properties: the Orleans Hotel & Casino showroom box office and the Orleans Arena box office; the Suncoast Hotel & Casino showroom box office; and the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino gift shop.