Local fighter to compete in Cinco de Mayo boxing event

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RENO, Nev. - (KOLO) Let's Get It On Promotions and the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa are hosting a night of professional boxing at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center May 5. It's the first time the venue has hosted a boxing match in more than twenty years, but it has hosted some big names over the years.

"My Dad Mills Lane had his last professional fight here, Roy Jones Jr. has fought here, George Foreman, a lot of big names," Promoter Tommy Lane said.

A local fighter is appearing on this upcoming card. Flyweight Oscar Vasquez is a Hug High graduate who's been boxing for more than a decade.

"I got into it because of my brothers," Vasquez said. "I was never in a street fight in my life and I believe boxing kind of chose me ever since I stepped in the ring."

He's going into the match with an 11-1 record and a recent win.

"I'm ready one hundred percent," he said. "I just fought in Mexico and won a third-round knockout."

Vasquez says he's received a lot of support from his family and the local community and is looking forward to getting back in the ring in his hometown.

"The first time I fought locally was a dream come true, people really responded and ever since then people have been asking me when I'm going to fight here again," Vasque said. "So hopefully everybody shows up; it's a blessing."

"He has a great family, a great support system and he's a talented guy so he has the perfect recipe for a successful career," Lane said. "A local guy fighting on TV at the Convention Center, it should be a big night."

The big night is just around the corner and this fighter says he's ready

"I'm ready, I'm going to win, one hundred percent," Vasquez said.

Tickets are available at the Atlantis Gift shop or via Ticketmaster.