At the age of 26, Andy is a five-year pro. A sensational young prospect at 130 pounds, he was an amateur standout in California before his debut.
He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress – he fought five times in 2013, three times in 2014, five times in 2015, three times in 2016, and four times in 2017.
Andy also stepped up in class of opposition and gave impressive performances.
He has had two scheduled 10-rounders – he went the full 10-round distance for the first time on March 10 in Lemoore, California, and won a 10-round unanimous decision against Angel Hernandez.
In his last fight on November 11 in Fresno, California, he won by second-round knockout against Jairo Ochoa.
The scheduled six-rounder was on the undercard of the Jose Ramirez vs. Mike Reed main event, and Andy quickly overpowered Ochoa – he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the second round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:27.
Andy trained for the fight at FightKore International in Martinez, California, where he worked with head trainer Angel Cordon Sr. and the SNAC team, Victor Conte and Remi Korchemny, for strength and conditioning.
Andy said, “I believe my moment will be in 2018. I can feel it. This coming year is going to be another big year for me. Every fight I’ve always trained extremely hard. Now that I know how to run a complete camp with Remi Korchemni, Victor Conte, SNAC and my trainer Angel Cordon Sr. I am very confident every time I enter the ring.
“I’ve learned the secret to preparing myself the smartest way possible from Victor Conte. SNAC means ‘scientific nutrition for advanced conditioning.’ I’ve learned the secrets to cutting weight the smartest way possible, and preparing myself to enter the ring in tip-top physical condition.
“2018 will be our year and hopefully our shot to become world champions.”
In an earlier interview, Andy said, “I’d say my style is a boxer-puncher. I can fight going both forward and backwards – I’m a pretty well-rounded boxer-puncher.”
“My nickname is El Tiburon – The Shark. My coach gave me that nickname. I’m from San Jose, and the hockey team here is named the San Jose Sharks. It’s also from the way that I fight. My coach said I’m like a shark – smooth in his attack and when he smells blood, goes for the kill. I pretty much have that style where it’s smooth and nice, but when my opponent’s ready to go, I take him out.”
Andy signed a promotional contract with Top Rank in 2015. Top Rank’s Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler said, “Andy is special. He has a great skillset, fights hard, and has a great fan following. Andy is the best young fighter in Northern California. We are all excited about him at Top Rank.”
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Andy said, “I was born in Watsonville, California, but we moved to San Jose when I was around eight years old and I pretty much grew up here. I have one younger brother, he’s nine, and an older brother who’s 25. My dad is a manufacturing engineer and my mom, she does home care. My grandpa was an amateur boxer in Mexico City.
“I was about 13 years old when I started boxing. When I was around 11, I did martial arts. But we didn’t compete with each other physically – it was more that you had to learn the forms. My dad always had me involved in martial arts. He himself was a martial artist – he did freestyle kung fu. He competed in a national tournament – whoever won that was going to start posing for magazines and getting job offers, but he fell short and came in second place.
“What ended up happening was, I was having trouble in school. I was getting in a lot of fights – my first fight was in fifth grade. We always used to watch the fights at family reunions and stuff, and one day I told my dad that I wanted to start boxing. His first words were, ‘If I don’t see improvement in a month I’m taking you out, because you don’t play boxing.’ He saw that I liked it and he saw improvement in a month, and he supported me ever since.
“I only had about 75 amateur fights. I had an up-down career – I had about 56 wins and the rest were losses. For my whole amateur career, I trained at the San Jose PAL.
“I’m naturally right-handed.”…