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Mendez, Vences, Sanchez victorious on Golden Boy Live!

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San Jose’s Andy Vences (12-0, 8 KO) stole the show on Friday night with a knockout victory.

Three of Northern California’s top prospects shined on national television tonight.

The main event pitted middleweight prospect Paul Mendez against a veteran of over 50 fights in David Lopez. Fighting in front of his home crowd at the Storm House in Salinas, Mendez was in a tough battle with the Mexican fighter that was more competitive than expected.

It was largely a back-and-forth affair with both men finding success early on. In the sixth round, Mendez was able to get Lopez to the ropes and land some good shots to the body and head of Lopez, opening up a cut under his left eye. The eighth round brought a scare Mendez’s corner as they saw their guy get stunned with a big left hook from Lopez. The punch came just before the end of the round, which gave Mendez time to go to his corner and recuperate.

In a final round that felt like a must-win for Mendez, he was able to hurt Lopez multiple times and closed the fight strong. Scores were all over the place for this fight. One judge gave it to Lopez with a score of 96-94 while the other two scored 97-92 and 98-91 in favor of Mendez (18-2-2, 8 KO), giving him the split decision victory.

The co-main event brought the top performance of the night as San Jose prospect Andy Vences continued to impress. Selling over 240 tickets, Vences put on a show in front of his fans making the trip from the Bay Area. Facing Golden Boy fighter Santiago Guevara, Vences got off to a fast start as he quickly established his jab in the first round. Guevara, who had issues making weight, was hesitant, while Vences was as comfortable as can be. He even switched stances a few times during the second round as he slowly broke down his opponent’s body. In round four, Vences landed a big straight right that caused Guevara to fall to his hands and knees. The fight was stopped shortly after giving Vences the fourth round TKO victory which improved his record to 12-0, 8 KO.

Considered one of Northern California’s top prospects, Vences continues to ascend in his quest for a 130-lb title. Fighting on a Golden Boy card on Fox Sports 1, Vences certainly made a strong case for himself to get signed by a major promoter.

“I think I made a strong enough statement to everyone in the nation that I’m climbing,” Vences said. “San Jose, we’re coming up.”

Fairfield’s Alan Sanchez, who was originally supposed to fight in the main event, opened the broadcast against a late replacement fighter in Carlos Lozano. Sanchez (16-3-1, 8 KO) was dominant against Lozano, who came to fight but was clearly outgunned throughout. Final scores were 80-72 and 79-73 twice, a unanimous decision victory for Sanchez.

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