On March 10th, right before Oscar Valdez takes on Scott Quigg, WBC Continentals Americas Super Featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0 12KOs) of San Jose, CA, will take on his toughest test to date as he faces three-time consecutive golden gloves champion, Erick De Leon at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA on a card televised by ESPN and promoted by Top Rank Inc.
Here is what Vences had to say.
What do you know about your opponent?
I've known Erick De Leon for a very long time...Since his amateur career. He has a great amateur pedigree, he is undefeated, aggressive, strong and the best fighter I will be facing March 10th in my professional career.
What does it feel like to defend your title on ESPN?
To defend my title on ESPN it feels great I feel this is where I belong. I have envisioned this moment a long time ago. I have worked extremely hard and I'm ready to show everybody why I am a different fighter than Erick de Leon and that I am on a whole another level.
How are you training for this fight?
For this fight, I'm continuing to do things the same. Which means following the game plan my trainer Angel Cordon has come up with a gameplan as well as following Victor Conte's SNAC program that has been developed for specifically for me. I am working closely with a track coach named Remi Korchemni and doing things smarter and harder. I have been sparring the best southpaws I can get ahold of and perfecting my technique. Come March 10th I'll be more than ready.
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IT'S NOT FOR FAME NOR FORTUNE, it's not about recognition,rankings, or future opportunities - it's about more than that...much much more.
Jack Asis has won World titles, he's conquered super8's,he's won regional titles, national titles in two countries but none of it means more than one prized possession that's never far away from him - his Brayd Smith WUC title belt.
Jack was the first ever winner of this prestigious belt when he defeated Waylon Law in 2016. This belt represents everything Jack Asis fights for.
Jack fights every fight for his fallen mate Brayd Smith. He now proudly wears an orange headband to the ring for every fight as a tribute. Jack wants the memory of Brayd Smith to live on forever.
Jack shared a special relationship with Brayd. Jack is essentially an unofficial member of the Smith family.
Jack first arrived in Toowoomba in 2011 as a sparring partner for Michael Katsidis, at this time Braydon Smith was preparing for his professional debut.
The next time Jack returned to Toowoomba - it was as a sparring partner for Smith.
They worked closely in the ring, but they became even closer out of the ring. Jack became a mentor to Brayd and Jack became a part of the Smith family.
Jack shared all of Brayd's triumphs in the ring and vice versa. They helped each other out at a time when they needed it most.
Smith was a young pro and Asis provided the veteran mentorship and Asis was transforming his career from 'journeyman' to World title challenger. The young Smith playing a huge role in igniting the fire within Asis.
Jack Asis realised a life long dream when he won the IBO Super featherweight World title in April 2015. Sadly his mate Brayd wasn't there to see it, tragically losing his life less than a month earlier. Jack's win was one of the most emotion charged you will ever see and you can't help but think he had a guiding hand from above.
Now the title he cherishes so much is on the line on March 10 on the TGW & Smithy Brings the Big Fights 19 card at Rumours International. The card is the annual event in honour of Brayd.
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