Andy Vences/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
Andy Vences of San Jose is finally going to get a fight that could help propel him toward his goal of winning a world title.
Vences (16-0, 10 KOs) on Nov. 4 will take on another undefeated fighter – Casey Ramos (23-0, 6 KOs) – in the super featherweight main event from Treasure Island in Las Vegas (on UniMas).
“It’s the biggest fight of my career and is a great opportunity for me to show my talent,” Vences said. “I know a win on Nov. 4 will open a lot of doors for me.”
Vences is in the Los Angeles area this week to spar with featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez of Mexico. Valdez is preparing to defend his title for the first time when he takes on Hiroshige Osawa of Japan on the undercard of the Nov. 5 welterweight title fight between Jessie Vargas and Manny Pacquiao at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas (on Top Rank pay-per-view).
Sparring with Valdez is an inspiration to Vences.
“I know this fight against Ramos is very important and I need to have a great camp and great sparring, and Valdez and his team have allowed us to come down and work with the champ,” said Vences, 25. “He (Valdez) has what I want – a championship. My fight is a big step toward that goal.”
Ramos, 27, is from Austin, Texas.
General admission tickets for this Top Rank Inc. card are $50 and are on sale at the Treasure Island box office. They can also be purchased by calling 800-392-1999 or 702-894-7722.
Andy Vences/Photo courtesy of BoxRec
Andy Vences of San Jose turned pro in October 2012, when he was 21. Nearly four years later, he is 15-0 with 10 knockouts. But he’s 25, so if he’s ever going to really make a run at something of substance, he’s going to have to step on the gas a little bit because he’s still fighting eight-rounders.
Vences will try to take a step in that direction when he takes on Moises Delgadillo of Mexico in the junior lightweight semi-main event July 9 at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore (on UniMas). It’s still just an eight-round fight, but he’s slated to fight again on Sept. 10 at the same venue, which would give him three fights in 2016 with the ability to have at least one more before 2017.
Vences said the focus in training camp has been to get stronger and faster, and he’s anxious to display the progress he’s made in those areas.
“This fight is very important to me,” Vences said. “I want to do well and show my improvements. I felt that we worked harder and with more intensity for this fight and it will show in the ring.”
What Vences would seem to need to do after this fight – assuming he’s victorious – is tangle with better opposition. Delgadillo is just 15-15 -2 with eight knockouts. Still, Vences is taking Delgadillo seriously.
“I looked at some videos of Delgadillo and he is a come-forward, high-volume puncher that likes to go toe-to-toe in the ring,” Vences said. “We have worked on some things specifically for him, like putting and landing more combinations on him. I know he is very hungry and will come to win, so I have to be at my best to win this fight.”
Diego Magdaleno and his younger brother Jessie took care of business on Saturday at C. Robert Lee Activities Center in Hawaiian Gardens.
Diego Magdaleno, 27, ran his record to 25-1 with 10 knockouts with a fourth-round knockout of Jorge Pazos (14-7-1) of Mexico in a super featherweight fight. Pazos is 24.
Jessie Magdaleno, 22, is now 18-0 with 14 knockouts after stopping Roberto Castaneda, 22, of Mexico, in the fifth round of their super bantamweight bout. Castaneda is 20-6-1.
The Magdaleno brothers are from Las Vegas.
Jack Reiss, a formerly Beverly Hills fire captain, was the referee in both fights
The card was televised on UniMas.
Tickets are still available for Saturday night’s card featuring super featherweight prospect Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas and Jorge Pazos of Mexico in the 10-round main event at C. Robert Lee Activities Center in Hawaiian Gardens (on UniMas).
Tickets for the Top Rank Inc. event are priced at $50, $75 and $100 and can be purchased by calling (562) 652-4424 or (323) 866-9943.
Magdaleno, 27, is 24-1 with nine knockouts. Pazos, 24, is 14-6-1 with eight knockouts.