The Knockout Heard Around The World (ish)

Rod Salka - Lightning Strikes Greentree II Poster (Final)There are a couple great things about local sporting events. The comradery is heavy, and a good portion of the fans are friends and family of the fighters. It provides a more emotionally charged atmosphere than big name fight. People in the crowd really, really want their son, brother, best bud, or uncle to win. It’s blood; and they don’t play around.

It was no different at the Greentree Sportsplex as lightning apparently struck for a second time as some of Pittsburgh’s most talented boxers took to the ring for “Lightning Strikes Greentree II”. A bright spot in the event was that Sammy Vasquez kept to his winning ways as he secured his 11th straight victory.

The former National Guard soldier keeps getting better and it’s only a matter of time before he’s called up to the big leagues. As I mentioned before, Vasquez is on the Radar of Golden Boy Promotions. Sammy, unlike a good portion of people in the fight game, is extremely humbled by his rising success in the ring.

He thanked a laundry list of people after his win, and continues to focus on family, training, and kicking the ever-loving crap out of anyone that decides to step in front of him. He’s due back in the ring on November 30th.

Unfortunately in the smaller fighting promotions, unless you’re at the fight, it’s extremely difficult to get any account of what the hell actually happened. I feel like Sherlock Holmes dissecting scrambled messages from Facebook, nevertheless, Vasquez won. Well done, champ.

On another note, Jason Bergman, the big guy on the poster, tuned up the other big guy, John L. Smith. In what has been rated by me as the worst commentating episode ever, Bergman (20-10-2), crushed the heavily favored Smith (13-1), with an overhand left. Smith hit the canvas, but got up rather quickly. Smith, who was obviously still a little punch drunk, walked right back into the onslaught, and the fight was stopped. It was a great win for the journeyman fighter. Off to Outback big fella, there’s a blooming onion with your name on it.

However, if I can circle back to whomever was commentating. Staying on topic would probably be a wee bit better than commenting on how the fighter’s shoes are better than the other. Also, calling it the biggest upset in history might be overselling it. Just a tad. I didn’t see Larry Merchant shaking his fists at the heavens asking God how he could let something like this happen. But even as I listened to the tepid, yet humorous attempt at articulating words, I must say, everyone had a great time and we’re looking forward to the next go round.

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