Denver (January 26, 2018) Saturday night, February 10, 2018, at the Imperium Events Center, 3051 W. 74th Avenue in Westminster, ‘Spontaneous Combustion’, an Inside Boxing Promotions (Aurelio Martinez) boxing event, has scheduled what should be an exciting night of boxing featuring the talented super featherweight Misael ‘IT’S MISA TIME’ Lopez (7-0, 4KO’s) vs Luis Avila (5-10-3, 3KO’s) in their scheduled for 6 rounds main event.
The undercard has an intriguing array of talent deigned to entertain the crowd, none more exciting than the professional debut of former Colorado amateur standout Jesus Vasquez, Jr. who will be taking on New Mexico’s Everado Lopez, Lopez will be making his pro debut as well. Jesus Vasquez Jr is very familiar name to Colorado amateur fight fans, his amateur boxing resume speaks for itself. Vasquez, Jr. is a former 5X’s Colorado State Golden Gloves Champion (in three weight classes: 123, 132 and 141 lbs.), 4X’s Colorado/New Mexico Regional Golden Gloves Champion, 3X’s Ringside World Champion, 1X PAL National Champion, WSB (World Series of Boxing) Team Trials bronze medalist, 3X’s USA Boxing National Team Member, a 2014-2015 WSB USA Knockouts team member, with a variety of Colorado State amateur silver and bronze medals in Junior Olympics competitions.
The Denver Police Brotherhood (DPB) located at 2090 S. Bannock St. (just west of Broadway and Evans) is where young Vasquez honed his skills. The program was started some 21 years ago by C.C. Edwards and Leroy Miller, two Denver police officers who wanted to help provide area youth with the opportunity to be successful, boxing the perfect avenue for that venture. C.C. Edwards: “Our intent was to have our kids be successful in life as a result of their affiliation with ‘The Brotherhood’. We once had 6 kids attending college, all at the same time, through our scholarship program. Our gym is not designed to produce professional boxers but to produce successful people. Jesus is one of many Brotherhood success stories but the decision to turn pro was his. He knows we will support him in every way”. DPB success stories includes now turned professional, Amorena Baca, Manuel D. Lopez and Andrew Strode.
Jesus Vasquez started boxing at the age of 10, after his family moved from Los Angeles, California, to Denver. The Vasquez family consists of dad Jesus Vasquez, Sr., mom Sylvia with brothers, Eduardo (Eddie) and Angel, with two sisters, Melissa and Alejandra. Along with Edwards and Miller, former Denver Police Brotherhood coaches Jim Saulnier, Rich Maes and Stephen Blea, were influential in developing the boxing skills of Jesus Vasquez, Jr.
Always a fan of combat sports (martial arts and boxing his favorites) mainly as a way of defending himself, Jesus was a quick learner. His dad never boxed but placed his son in martial arts classes since that’s where he showed interest. Vasquez, Sr. had literally no boxing background but is a huge fan of his son and quickly became a fan of the sport. Upon arriving in Denver, Vasquez, Sr. took Junior to a neighborhood Boys and Girls Club where Jesus began boxing. The family then moved to Englewood (where they still reside) with the DPB gym nearby and highly recommended by a friend. Vasquez, Jr. quickly blossomed and around the age of 14 his talents were clearly evident. Jesus then traveled with the DPB team, then coached by Edwards and Blea, to Regional and National events.
Leroy Miller would return to coach the amateurs after taking time off to help a few professionals. “Jesus had good hand speed, nice footwork and you could tell he had the talent”, began Miller. “The rest just had to be brought out of him. He was ranked #2 in the nation at 123 lbs. in 2014. He then moved up to 132 lbs. and in less than six months, he was ranked #4 nationally. The better the competition, the better Jesus performs. He’s very easy to coach and willing to learn. He was always trained by me to box as a professional, so there will be no transition period. He’s prepared and will focus on nothing but fighting”.
“I always enjoyed boxing”, began Jesus. “My intent was not to become a professional boxer but to have fun. As things progressed I got better and then became more understanding of where this might lead. Without Denver Police Brotherhood helping me financially with my education and boxing, I wouldn’t be in this position today. I graduated from Sheridan High School and attended Arapahoe Community College before transferring to Metropolitan State University, where I’m at now, all with the benefit of DPB and USA Boxing scholarship help. It was a tough decision not waiting for the 2020 Olympics but I felt it was not in my best interests to go through that (the politics) again. The ranking system now instituted doesn’t necessarily give everyone the same chance, so I sat down with my family first, then the coaches and made the decision to turn pro. It was a well thought out group decision. I was more than aware of guys I’d competed against making their successful way into the pro’s. RauShee Warren, Genaro Gamez, Karlos Balderas and Teofimo Lopez, Jr. have all signed by big-time promoters. I compare my skill level to theirs after having fought each as an amateur. We’ve developed our own game plan for this fight against Lopez at 129lbs. My intention is to fight at 126lbs. In this particular fight, my main objective is to not put any unnecessary pressure on myself. I’ve already fought without headgear, against tough competition, so that won’t present any problems”.
Now the proud father of soon to be 2 years-old daughter Arienney, Jesus Vasquez, Jr. has grown into manhood, his daughter having a positive impact. It was during Olympics qualification in 2015 that Jesus was notified of him becoming a father. He felt it was too important for him to not be there, forcing his decision to immediately stop boxing. He was flat broke but was able to land the full-time security position at Independence House. “I basically panicked”, began Vasquez, Jr. “I took two years off to get us settled into an apartment and concentrated totally on my daughter. In 2017 I returned to boxing, unsure of what was in my future just knowing I wanted to compete again. I found out I was going to be a dad when 23 years-old and at 24, she was born. I’ve matured a lot and being a dad, working full-time at Independence House and going to college (working on my degree in Business/Management after originally deciding on Multi-Media/Graphic Designs) keeps me busy”.
Saturday night, February 10th, at the Imperium Events Center in Westminster, Jesus Vasquez, Jr. will be boxing with a renewed energy and purpose. He’s a new dad with tremendous boxing skills and fun to watch. His passion for boxing has returned full force, and you can bet that in the very near future he will be recognized as a Colorado Top Dog.
‘Spontaneous Combustion’ tickets are priced at $35 General seating, $45 VIP Section and $65 VIP Table seating. VIP Table seats include dinner and one alcoholic beverage. For more information and seating availability call: 720-297-7654.