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.
Saturday's highly anticipated interim lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) & Tony Ferguson (22-3) has been called off.
Nurmagomedov was hospitalized in Las Vegas on Thursday night, after experiencing issues in his attempt to weight cut to the 155-pound limit.
UFC officials said that "The Eagle" was released from the hospital, but was not medically cleared by doctors to fight in the UFC 209 co-main event.
Training out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Nurmagomedov's career has been hampered by several injuries.
A win over Ferguson on Saturday night would have likely propelled the Dagestan native into a title unification showdown with Irish superstar Conor McGregor.
Undefeated light heavyweight kingpin Andre Ward is apparently in no hurry to rematch Sergey Kovalev, expressing his position on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
The Oakland native won a controversial – yet unanimous – decision in their WBA/INF/WBO title unification bout back in November.
Ward is the host of a new web series on CSNBayArea.com, called CSN Fights.