San Jose’s Andy “El Tiburon” Vences (16-0, 10 KO) -- nicknamed after his city’s NHL squad -- goes hunting for his biggest prey yet, taking on Casey Ramos (23-0, 6 KO) for the vacant WBA Continental Americas super featherweight title. The two undefeated prospects go head to head in Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 4, headlining the “Solo Boxeo” card on UniMas.
"This is the fight I've been waiting for -- a title fight with and undefeated fighter," Vences told CSNBayArea.com. "I've trained like never before."
Since inking a deal with boxing giant Top Rank Promotions in 2015, Vences is 4-0, finishing two of those fights by knockout. With seven more professional fights under his belt, Ramos is the more experienced fighter, but he packs less power having stopped only one of his last seven opponents.
Daniel Cormier was awarded the UFC light heavyweight championship Saturday night at UFC 220 after his loss to Jon Jones was overturned when Jones failed a prefight drug test. Cormier said leading up to the fight that he didn’t feel like a champion. He probably feels like one now.
The San Jose-based 205-pounder defeated No. 2-ranked Volkan Oezdemir by secon-round TKO to retain the title.
“I felt as if I was fighting for a vacant title because (Jones) beat me last time,” Cormier (20-1) said in a postfight interview referring to his loss last July.
“I fought for a vacant title and I got the job done so I’m the UFC champion again.”
Cormier, who turns 40 in March, nearly won the fight a round earlier. In the final minute of the first frame, Cormier landed a right hand flush on the challenger’s face. After securing a takedown and taking Oezdemir’s back, Cormier locked in a rear naked choke but was forced to relinquish the hold when the bell rang.
Oezdemir, 28, was given a second chance, but he couldn’t capitalize. Cormier dominated the second round from the beginning. The AKA-product once again took down Oezdemir, transitioned to a crucifix, and landed a barrage of shots until the referee called the fight at the 2:00 mark.
“He was so game. I knew he was a dangerous guy. He hit hard,” Cormier said of Oezdemir (15-2). “But once I was able to get him to the ground, I knew it was my world.”
And for now, the rest of the light heavyweight division is just living in it.
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