Andy Vences outpoints Frank De Alba over 10 rounds
Junior lightweight standout Andy Vences remained unbeaten on Saturday, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Frank De Alba.
Vences was methodical and tactical with his offense during the first four rounds. The lack of action and exchanges between Vences and De Alba brought down a cascade of boos from the crowd inside the Save Mart Center in Fresno.
Vences switched to a southpaw stance in Round 5, allowing him to close the distance and connect with several punches over the middle rounds.
Entering the final two rounds, Vences did his best work, hurting De Alba several times with hooks to the body. To his credit, De Alba hung on and survived until the final bell.
Scores were 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92 for Vences, who improved to 21-0-1, 12 knockouts.
“I didn’t live up to my hype,” said Vences after the fight. “It was good experience and a good fight. I tried and stay composed early on. I should’ve put my punches together, but he was countering al night.”
De Alba, who resides in Reading, Pennsylvania, dropped to 22-4-2, nine KOs. He has now lost his last two bouts.
The fight was originally one of the preliminary fights on the Top Rank card, but was elevated to the opening bout of the ESPN telecast when the main event bout between WBC 140-pound titleholder Jose Ramirez and Danny O’Connor was cancelled. O’Connor passed out from dehydration Friday morning when he was attempting to make the junior welterweight limit.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and FightNight.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing