San Jose's Andy Vences retains WBC title with unanimous decision

San Jose's Andy Vences retains WBC title with unanimous decision

San Jose's Andy Vences retained his WBC Continental Americas title on Friday night, grinding out a unanimous decision victory over Angel Hernandez in Lemoore, Calif. 

Vences (18-0, 10 KO) fought most of the early rounds backing up, letting Hernandez walk into his counter attack. "El Tiburon" showed off his versatility, switching in and out of a southpaw stance - outpointing the rugged challenger with crisper, cleaner combinations.

By the seventh round, Vences was no longer concerned with Hernandez' power,  and was even content to fight inside at times, punishing Hernandez with thudding body shots and the occasional uppercut through his opponent's guard.

After 10 rounds of action, Vences was awarded the unanimous decision victory (97-93, 99-91, 96-94). The Top Rank Boxing prospect will be content with the result, but it was not the stoppage victory he had predicted going in. 

Reports: Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev agree to rematch

Reports: Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev agree to rematch

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev are reportedly going to fight again.

The highly-anticipated rematch will take place June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, according to multiple reports.

The "S.O.G." looks to retain the WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight titles he earned back in November,  after winning a controversial - yet unanimous - decision victory over "Krusher."

Ward (31-0, 15 KO) was recently named the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the sport by Ring Magazine. Kovalev (31-1-1, 26 KO) is right behind him in the No. 2 spot.

Boxing fans and pundits alike have been clamoring for a rematch since their first bout ended, as many felt Kovalev was the rightful winner. The powerful Russian controlled much of the early action, scoring a 2nd round knockdown with a stunning right hand. 

But as the fight progressed, Ward turned the tide, wearing down his opponent with thudding body shots and raking overhand rights. After 12 rounds of action, all three judges ringside scored the bout 114-113 in favor of the Oakland native.

Ward is the host of a new web series called "NBC Fights," showcasing the best of boxing and MMA in Northern California.

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Fairfield-native Avila gets NABF Featherweight title shot

Fairfield-native Avila gets NABF Featherweight title shot

Fairfield native Manuel "Tino" Avila (22-0, 8 KO) will challenge Joseph Diaz Jr. (23-0, 13 KO) for his NABF Featherweight title on May 6th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

This will be Avila's first appearance on pay-per-view television, as part of the undercard for the Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. main event presented by Golden Boy Promotions.

This will be the biggest test of each fighter's budding careers,  and could prove to be the most action-packed fight of the night. 

Avila is coming off a hard-earned split decision victory over Jose Ramirez last November. The 24-year will undoubtedly enter the bout as an underdog.

Diaz - a former U.S. Olympian - has successfully defended his title four times, including a unanimous decision victory over Horacio Garcia in December.