Roy Jones Jr. adds Bryan Vasquez to promotional stable
Las Vegas, Nevada- Roy Jones Jr. and his business partner Keith Veltre announced the signing 130-pound contender Bryan Vasquez (35-2, 19 knockouts) to their Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions stable of fighters. The 29-year-old Vasquez is one fight removed from suffering a tough loss at the hands of Javier Fortuna at Barclays Center in May of last year.
“Bryan is the complete package in boxing,” Jones said. “Then, when you add his heart to the mix, there is nothing he can’t achieve. All he needed was a shot.”
The promotional contract is for a three-fight deal with the hopes of the extension to come on the heels of a world title bout, according to Veltre.
“This is a performance contract for both of us,” Veltre said. “We need to perform our end of the deal and I believe we will starting with Bryan’s first fight with us on February 10 on CBS at the D Casino here in Las Vegas.”
“I am so excited and can’t wait to get back into the ring,” Vasquez said through an interpreter. “Not only am I with a great team but now I’m working with one of my idols. This is a dream come true. I never felt like I had the right amount of support in my career.”
Jones believes his background as a fighter helps him when signing talent, since he understands their plights.
“If the fighter is not happy, then how can you expect him to go out there and perform? They can’t,” Jones said.
Veltre and Jones have been producing monthly shows at the D, including tomorrow evening’s card featuring Jones’ protégé, Demond Brock, who is one of 18 fighters now signed to the company.
“We’ve been averaging just about one million viewers for our telecasts, which rivals all of the major networks, which is why we are now in position to go after someone like Vasquez,” Veltre added. “Roy and I have a game plan from the start and it’s working to our design. We spent the first year to build the structure and we wanted to gain television in our second year, which we did. Now, in our third year, we want to go after bigger talent to fill that structure.”
Both Veltre and Jones plan to make Vasquez the priority of their promotions company and Jones believes a bout with junior lightweight contender Jason Sosa could be in the not-too-distant future. Jones then points up at a large Rival Boxing Gear banner, featuring Vasyl Lomachenko.
“Sosa is the beginning and then beating that guy is the perfect ending.”
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