Interesting pairing in Las Vegas as young Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez begins working with Nonito Donaire Sr.

Damien Vasquez prior to his Oct. 14 bout with Javier Lapizco 

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By Chris Robinson

I have to admit it’s been a pretty fun ride covering the career of young Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez out here in Las Vegas.

Vasquez has went from a 15-year old amateur who turned heads in the city to where he is now, undefeated at 18 years of age and having captured the NABF junior flyweight title in just his sixth pro bout.

As noted in a previous post, Vasquez, along with Cuban middleweight Inocente Fiz, is now training under the guidance of highly-respected Filipino trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. inside of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym north of the strip.

It will be interesting to see what comes of this union. Vasquez has shown thus far that he is very adapt at picking up new styles and he is as eager as they come when it comes to learning and sharpening his tools.

Donaire Sr. of course is known best for the role he has played in the career of his son, multi-division world champion Nonito, known also as the “Filipino Flash”. Check below for a clip of the father and son working together a few years back inside of Robert Garcia’s personal gym in Oxnard, Calif.

Vasquez is a dymanic talent and we’ve been told by his father Oscar that his son is working very well with Donaire Sr.

Vasquez is slated for a Feb. 6 return in his hometown of Greeley, Colorado. Stay tuned for more camp updates of his work with Donaire Sr.

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