At the age of 25, Andy is a four-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, and three times in 2016. He also stepped up in class of opposition and gave impressive performances.
Andy 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 August 5 in Los Angeles – his third fight of 2017 – he won by third-round knockout against Eliseo Cruz. The bout was on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga main event.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: San Jose, California, junior lightweight Andy Vences blew out Mexico’s Eliseo Cruz with ease.
Vences dropped Cruz the second round and finished him with a combination that dropped Cruz to all fours in the third round as [the] referee counted him out at 2 minutes, 21 seconds. [End Rafael item]
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.”
Andy said, “I train at Los Gallos Boxing Academy in Stockton. I’ve been training there for over a year now.
“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.”
Regarding his nickname, he said, “It’s 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.”