Reno's Vasquez earns title shot

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Reno's Oscar Vasquez will finally get his title shot this week, right in his own backyard.

"Fallon has been like my first home," said Vasquez. "I know I'm born and raised in Reno, Nevada but I've fought mostly in Fallon, and it's like being just at home."

He will headline the 9th annual Rural Rumble at the Churchill County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 27th.

"It's not a world title, but to me when they say title, it's like a world title, you know," added Vasquez.

It's for the NABF Light Flyweight championship, a national boxing belt. He faces Janiel Rivera in the main event. Rivera is 14-2-3 overall, with eight career knockouts.

"He's a good boxer," admitted Vasquez. "He doesn't go forward that much, but he likes to box around. And I hope to drown him in the later rounds so I can take advantage of that."

Vasquez has earned this title shot by winning eight straight bouts to improve to 10-1 overall. He has not lost a fight in over four years. And his older brother will be there as well to cheer him on.

"It's amazing. He's like my backbone. He's my idol, to me he's my idol. I look up to him."

At one point, Santos Vasquez was the more accomplished fighter. He was an alternate on the 2012 Olympic team, but then took two years off from boxing. He returned to the ring in June, winning by second-round TKO. A fight that included three knockdowns.

Hug high school graduate Alec McGee will also be on the card for his second career professional fight. He won his debut back in June.

For Oscar Vasquez, it's a chance to put himself and his city back on the map.

"That means everything to me. A lot of sacrifice, a lot of years. And my family, I do it for them."

The fights begin at 6pm next Saturday. Tickets are $15, or $10 for kids under 10 years old. You can get more info at