Sports & Recreation:Professional
Unbeaten & uncommon: Andy Vences
One of Top Rank's hottest prospects, Andy "The Shark" Vences, has turned heads with a 14-0 record and 10 KOs, but also with his self-discipline and work ethic, inside the gym and out.
"Andy is special," said Bruce Trampler, Top Rank's Hall of Fame matchmaker. "He has a great skill set, fights hard. and has a great fan following. We are all excited about him at Top Rank."
The 24-year-old Northern California boxer -- a graveyard-shift security guard -- drives 90 minutes (one way) four days a week, works out, does his roadwork, cuts weight to make the 130-pound weight division, and never utters a word of complaint.
"Whenever I feel like I'm too tired to do it, I just ask myself, 'Do you want to lose?'
He doesn't, and he hasn't. This is an amazing interview with an exceptional young fighter.
The Andy Vences interview is preceded by trainer Sam Garcia (Garcia Boxing), who updates us on his undefeated, world-ranked super featherweight, Tino Avila, and previews the pro career of Olympic Trials runner-up Ruben "Dracula" Villa, who will soon be fighting for money.
We lead off, as always, with expert analysis from Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti about Anthony Joshua's sky-high promise, Nonito Donaire's courage in the face of fading resolve, Felix Verdejo's future, and more.
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