Undefeated Super Featherweight and WBC Continental Junior Lightweight (130 lbs.) champion Andy “El Tiburon” Vences (17-0, 10 KOs) held a media workout at the SNAC facility in San Carlos.
Vences will make his 2017 debut on Friday March 10 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA.
Vences earned his first title of his young career won the prestigious WBC Continental Americas Super Featherweight title defeating one of the best prospects signed to Top Rank, Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (23-1 6Ko’s) of Austin, Texas in Las Vegas, Nevada. A day before Manny Pacquiao defeated Jessie Vargas.
The win was a significant step forward in Vences’ career, by performing on the biggest platform as over 50 media outlets were present for the sold-out fight.
Vences, who was voted Prospect of the Year leading into 2017 by some major media outlets, has picked up the pace and plans on making 2017 a staple year for his career.
“In 2017, I am excited and really looking forward to this year! I’ve never had hunger like I feel now. I will show the world, that I am one of the best fighters in Top Rank and one of the most powerful fighters in my division. 2017 will be another great year because I plan to work very hard and I am mentally ready for a world title fight this year!”
Vences will serve as the headliner for the first-time in his home state of California will also do it on Top Rank’s ever-so popular ‘Solo Boxeo‘ series that will broadcast nationally on UniMas, and international outlets as well.
Here is what Andy Vences had to say:
On returning in a 10-round main event on UniMas:
“It is big. This is my second time main eventing an UniMas card and that means they have big plans for me. I know there will be a step-up in the next fight or two, so I am just mentally preparing myself and getting better and better every fight. It really means a lot to have UniMas and Top Rank’s support.”
On his matchup with Angel Hernandez:
“Angel Hernandez is coming to win, he has coming forward style, always in front of your face, always pushing you to the limits. They can expect fireworks from I would say the second round on.”
On his recent training camp:
“This camp has gone good. I got a new trainer, Angel Cordon, because I am at a new level and I needed a trainer that would take me to the next level. I feel Angel Cordon and my second trainer, Mike Bazell, will take me to that level. I need to be busier in fights, throw more punches and that is what I plan on doing. I know I like to fight at distance, but in this fight I plan on mixing it up fighting at distance and on the inside. So come March 10th I will be ready for anything that presents itself.
On fighting 2 hours from San Jose, CA:
“It is cool, a lot of people who couldn’t make it to Las Vegas for my title over Casey Ramos will be in Lemoore, Ca. Fighting in Vegas, I really enjoyed it and it felt like a mini-vacation for everyone, but fighting here back home feels great. I plan on making a statement against Angel Hernandez. I understand people are writing me off since in 2016 I didn’t get a knockout, but what people have to understand is that I am fighting a higher level of competition and it gets harder to finish fighters at this level.