Andy Vences looks to shine on Fresno fight stage

Unbeaten junior lightweight Andy Vences. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Promotions



On November 11, undefeated WBC Continental Americas super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez will take on undefeated contender Waldorf, Maryland’s Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed.


The highly anticipated Ramírez-Reed fight will take place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, so the bout will indeed be a home game for Ramirez, who hails from Avenal. The bout will headline the seventh installment of “Fight For Water,” benefiting the California Latino Water Coalition.


The winner should be looking at a world title opportunity.


The WBC has already sanctioned the fight between Ramírez and Amir Imam, rated No. 5 and No. 1, respectively, for the soon-to-be vacant WBC super lightweight world title. However, Reed is looking to pull off the upset and slot himself into the title shot position against Imam.


The telecast will also feature top-rated contenders Artur Beterbiev, who fights out of Montréal, Québec, Canada, and Enrico Koelling, of Berlin, Germany, who will contest for the vacant IBF light heavyweight title.


While it is difficult to stand out on a card featuring a world title fight and a world title eliminator in the main event, another undefeated fighter who will be looking to shine on the big stage is WBC Continentals Americas super featherweight champion Andy “El Tiburon” Vences, 19-0 (11), of San Jose, California.


Vences, coming off a third round knockout win over Eliseo Sesma, at the Microsoft Theater, in Los Angeles, last August, will face rugged Mexican Jairo Ochoa, 18-12 (9). The eight-rounder will be Vences’ third fight of the year and he hopes an impressive win, in front of a huge ESPN audience, will put him that much closer to an eventual world title shot.


In recent interviews, Vences made it clear that he is excited to return to Fresno and to leave fans with no doubt as to which fighter is the future of the junior lightweight division.


“I feel good; I’ve fought in Fresno before, on four occasions in the past, while being signed to my promoter Top Rank. It’s great to be able to put on a performance for my family and friends. I’m just focused on the job at hand and what I need to do that night,” said Vences.


And while Vences is looking to turn heads on fight night, he is also glad to be fighting alongside his good friend Ramirez.


“I’ve known Jose Ramirez since the amateurs and we both fought each other, as well. He is a good friend and a good fighter. It’s going to be a great card and a great show of fireworks that night.”


Vences also expressed that there is no doubt about what fight fans can expect to see from El Tiburon on fight night.


“The fans can expect El Tiburon in full effect,” said Vences. “Explosive power, speed and footwork. I’ll be at my best to show everybody why I am the future in the 130-pound division.”



The Final Rounds from this past week…


– Perennial welterweight warrior Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass was stopped in eight by Juan Carlos Abreu. The popular, fan-friendly Soto Karass has been an exciting warrior, who can look back on a very good career, but it looks like it is time to walk away. “I was not expecting things to end this way but unfortunately they did,” said Soto Karass after the fight. “It was a good fight and that’s boxing. You win some and you lose some. After speaking with my family and with my manager, I’ll decide what is next. I feel proud of my work. I want people to remember me for the great fights I was in. I don’t know what I will do next but I am satisfied either way.” Congratulations on a great career Jesus. Go relax, you’ve earned it.


– Reports out of Vasyl Lomachenko’s training camp in Oxnard, California have the WBO junior lightweight titlist looking very good in sparring ahead of his December 9 defense against undefeated Cuban and WBA junior featherweight beltholder Guillermo Rigondeaux. If there was ever a spoiler who could give Lomachenko trouble, it would be the talented Rigondeaux. However, I just don’t see “El Chacal” being able to do anything better than Lomachenko, for any duration, during the fight. I like the bigger and better Lomachenko in this one.


– Orlando “Siri” Salido finally landed a dance partner for his next bout. He will box battle-tested veteran Miguel Roman on December 9 in Las Vegas. Although Roman is no walk in the park, I like Siri to pick up a win and look to bigger fights in 2018.


– Congratulations to Doug Fischer on being named Editor-in-Chief of THE RING Magazine – A great appointment to a great boxing scribe.




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