By Ryan Burton
Andy Vences (22-0-1) will make his second ring appearance of 2019 on June 8th when he faces an unbeaten rival for the second time out of his past four fights. Standing across from him will be Albert Bell (14-0) of Florida. The fight takes place in Reno, Nevada on the undercard of the Oscar Valdez-Jason Sanchez main event that will be televised by ESPN. The untelevised portion of the undercard will be streamed live on ESPN+
The 27-year-old Vences has been training close to home in the Bay Area and expects to put on a spectacular performance on fight night. He trained alongside unbeaten super lightweight contender Mario Barrios, who picked up a second round knockout victory on May 11, for much of his training camp.
“Camp has been great. I actually have been in camp since April. I knew I was supposed to return in June so I was doing my job as a fighter to be ready. I was in camp with Mario Barrios for his training camp too. I was his last sparring partner too so we had 7 or 8 rounds of work,” said Vences.
As far as what he knows about his opponent, while Vences respects him, he doesn’t believe Bell will give him any problems in the ring.
“I know a lot about him. He has been around in the amateurs. I have seen him win and lose as an amateur. I just think he is not ready to fight me. I know he as an amateur pedigree but as a pro he has never fought anyone like me. He has never fought past the sixth round and he may not even make it there with me. He only has 5 KO’s and of those, only 1 is an actual KO and I don’t think the power is there,” Vences explained.
“I don’t know what he thinks he bring that I haven’t seen. Besides his height that is all he has got and we have sparred with tall sparring partners to get my distance and timing down. I think it might be competitive for a round or two but that is it. Then he will be running like Robert Easter versus Mikey Garcia.”
A victory would move Vences record to 23-0-1 and he believes that he is overdue for a title shot. He said that he would welcome a fight against any super featherweight titleholder after this fight.
“I want a title shot after this. I know I have what it takes. I just want to show what I can do. This is just another fight to show what I can do. Everyone says that I am a good counterpuncher and good boxer against guys that come forward but I want to show I am a good fighter against any style and I make my game plan as I go in the ring and adjust,” Vences told BoxingScene.com.
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