James "Keep 'Em Sleepin'" Stevenson of Baltimore put on a gallant effort but he was eventually stopped by Monessen, PA's "Who Can Mexican" Sammy Vasquez, Jr. in the ninth round tonight at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Vasquez was clearly the best opponent Stevenson has faced in his career. Vasquez thrilled the hometown crowd with his accuracy to the head and body.
Stevenson tried to make the bout a brawl midway through and caught Vasquez with a solid right at the end of the fifth round.
Eventually, however, Vasquez's pressure proved to be too much for Stevenson as Vasquez wore Stevenson down, getting a stoppage at 21 seconds of the ninth.
Stevenson loses for the first time and is now 21-1, 14 KO's. Vasquez remains undefeated at 16-0, 12 KO's and wins the USBA Welterweight title.