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This was supposed to be a coming-out party for Sammy Vasquez. Instead, it served as a showcase for the slick former Olympian Felix Diaz as he outpointed the favorite over ten rounds.

"I knew in my heart I lost that fight," Vasquez said. "I tried my hardest, but there were things I should have done that I didn't do. We can't look in the past. He's a hell of fighter. He's an Olympic gold medalist for a reason. He had a tough decision loss to Lamont Peterson. To me, he was an undefeated Olympic gold medalist."

"I take nothing away from the man. He's a hell of a fighter. I'm a hell of a fighter. At the end of the day we put on a great show. We'll huddle up and start back at the drawing board. I've got to start knocking those names down again."

Vasquez did not look like the same fighter that swarmed over and overwhelmed opposition en route to coming to a precipice to a title shot against Danny Garcia. There were those in some circles (myself included) who gave him an excellent shot at upending Garcia once he got past Diaz.

Diaz, however, would use a snapping right jab that snapped Vasquez' head back throughout the match.

"Since Vasquez is taller than me and has longer reach, my plan of attack was to stay inside and fight him at a close distance," Diaz said.

Diaz took control of the fight by the fourth round. In the fifth, his superior class and pedigree came to the fore as he pasted Vasquez with
combinations.

Vasquez' body language was that of a confused man throughout the ten rounder. He often turned his head away from shots and looked as if he wanted to be someplace else.

There was some controversy with the scorecards as initially the bout was scored as a majority draw. The scores were then recalculated and Diaz was declared the winner.

"I've never been in a situation where I had to wait for them to add up the scores again because, obviously, I was undefeated," Vasquez said. "This is my first loss. Losses you learn from. Losses just mean you have room to grow. We'll take this and come back strong the next time."

Based on this performance, Vasquez does not look anywhere near prime-time. Trainer turned commentator Virgil Hill stated throughout the bout
that Vasquez may have been tired because he was "playing with his kids" before the fight.

Neither Diaz or the judges cared, however. Vasquez was listless throughout...he simply didn't have any answers as to make adjustments to the technically superior Diaz.
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