Andy Vences wins on ESPN, hopes for title shot
WBC Continental Americas super featherweight champion Andy Vences (21-0 12KOs) followed up his highly rated ESPN debut earlier this year with a ten-round decision of Frank De Alba as the co-main event of a Top Rank Inc. promoted card from The Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA.
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Vences controlled the action from the start with his jab, but picked up the pace in the fifth round as he looked to close the show. De Alba, a respectable veteran refused to go away as he gave Vences a fight all the way to the last bell.
“I thought it was a great fight and a great experience. Andre Ward said not every fight is going to be a showcase fight and I agree as this fight is the type that will take me to the next level. I’m only getting better and better, I fought two southpaws back-to-back with a combined record of 39 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws along with 19 wins by way knockout. I got a win over De Alba and against the most feared southpaw in my division many people feel I beat him as well despite the official result being a draw.”
Vences, who now has over a hundred rounds in the ring in the professional realm is gearing up for what he hopes is a major milestone in his life, fighting for his first world title.
“I think I am mentally and physically ready for a title shot. I feel that I am the type of fighter that when I am challenged I perform better. We are excited and being patient, whatever Top Rank Inc. decides we will follow. We know patience is key.”
Vences who got the fourth highest rated bout of the year tying Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz WBC heavyweight title fight earlier this year.
Vences takes pride in fighting on ESPN and wants to be a fighter whom young fighters can look at from Northern California and realize anything is possible.
“It is the best thing that could have happened to my career fighting on ESPN in back-to-back bouts. I have gained massive exposure nationwide and I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to earn new fans as well. I am very thankful to Top Rank Inc. and blessed to have been given this opportunity to fight on such a great platform.”