Andy Vences ready for title shot
- Updated: September 22, 2016
STOCKTON, Calif. — The more things change, the more they stay the same for San Jose’s Andy Vences.
The 25-year-old boxer landed a showdown with unbeaten Casey Ramos (23-0, 6 KO) for the vacant WBC Continental Americas super featherweight title. The 10-round bout will serve as the main event of the Solo Boxeo series on UniMas and take place at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 4, one night before the Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas pay-per-view.
Despite being placed in a fight where a win would elevate him to the next level of what looks to be a promising career, nothing has changed. Vences (16-0, 10 KO) still wakes up around 7 a.m. every morning for the hour and a half commute from San Jose to the Los Gallos Boxing Academy in Stockton, where he trains with coach Gabe Flores Sr.
“Everything is the same,” Vences said. “This is the beginning of something big. I’m just doing what got me to this point and staying super focused.”
Ramos is an opponent that had been on Vences’ radar for the past couple of years. After being told by Top Rank Promotions that a fight with Ramos would not materialize and Ramos’ name being floated around as a potential opponent for Top Rank star Felix Verdejo, Vences had put his desire to fight Ramos in the rearview mirror.
After getting scheduled for an October fight in Los Angeles, Vences received a call from his manager, Herb Stone. Verdejo’s motorcycle accident took Ramos out of the running for that fight and opened the door for a showdown with Vences. Without hesitation, Vences accepted the fight with Ramos.
“I had completely given up on that fight (with Ramos) ever happening but things happen for a reason,” Vences said. “I was in the right place at the right time.”
Vences takes exception to the multiple sanctioning bodies that have Ramos ranked ahead of him in the 130 pound division. He feels he is a better fighter than Ramos in every facet and plans to show it on Nov. 4.
“I’m faster. I’m bigger. I’m stronger than Casey,” Vences said. “I know I’m going to beat him. It’s just a matter of how. I’m gonna be in his face all night starting at the weigh-in. A win here will lead to bigger things so I’m treating this as if it were the last fight of my life.”