By Nick Bellafatto, RCM Boxing Correspondent
This Monday February 17th the Golden Boy Live Series will find itself coming from the Storm House in Salinas, California, where on a card promoted by Hall of Famer Don Chargin in association with Paco Presents two of the areas most popular fighters will be featured.
In the main event scheduled for ten rounds, undefeated junior featherweight and Fairfield native Manuel “Tino” Avila (13-0, 5 KO’s) will face off with veteran Enrique “Cuate” Quevedo (15-6-1, 9 KO’s) of Baja, Mexico, while in a co-attraction of the same length Salinas’s own Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez (14-2-2, 6 KO’s) risks his IBA Continental middleweight title in taking on Texan Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (20-4, 9 KO’s)
These are two solid match ups which will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes beginning at 10pm ET/7pm PT with TV implications a distinct possibility for swing bout contestant and little known junior lightweight upstart Andy Vences, who no less a blossoming talent is a someone to be mindful of.
Well-rounded from his days spent at the San Jose PAL under the tutelage of coach Candy Lopez, one who’s permeated the highest levels of amateur boxing, the unbeaten Vences (6-0, 2 KO’s), although not knocking foes out with regularity, is taking care of business quite handily.
That’s to say a technician in the ring, Andy with a marked measure of skill deciphers in short time what needs to be accomplished to then convincingly sway things in his favor. In evidence of this, aside from two stoppages gained, this young fighter has registered unanimous decisions in all other bouts, with Watts, California’s Dominic Coca (8-6, 2 KO’s) next in his sites.
All in all the talented Vences has not only caught my eye with his calculating style, but prompting this very interview Andy in my estimation is well on the way from career infancy to becoming a solid prospect.
I recently caught up with Andy to talk all things boxing to include his humble beginnings, progress made since, as well as his thoughts on stepping in the ring next Monday. Listen in to what he had to say.