Vences Out-Boxes De Alba, Easily Wins Unanimous Decision

By Keith Idec

Andy Vences didn’t need to worry when Michael Buffer read the scores Saturday night.

A fight after the super featherweight contender settled for a majority draw with Erick De Leon, Vences convincingly defeated Frank De Alba in their 10-round, 130-pound encounter Saturday night at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Each of the three judges – Abe Belardo (99-91), Steve Morrow (98-92) and Michael Tate (99-91) – scored the fight for Vences.

The 27-year-old Vences, of San Jose, California, upped his record to 21-0-1 (12 KOs). The 30-year-old De Alba, a southpaw from Reading, Pennsylvania, dropped to 22-4-2 (9 KOs).


ESPN televised the Vences-De Alba bout because the scheduled main event for Saturday’s card, Jose Ramirez-Danny O’Connor, was canceled Friday due to O’Connor’s extreme difficulty making weight. Vences was booed by fans after the fight, but he bounced back from his 10-round majority draw with De Leon on March 10 at Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

De Alba absorbed a lot of body blows in the ninth round, but he was the aggressor at the start of the 10th round and tried to hurt his opponent. Vences withstood De Alba’s late rally, though, and cruised to an easy victory.

Vences viciously went to De Alba’s body early in the ninth round and slowed down De Alba. An accidental clash of heads caused a brief break in the action with just under a minute remaining in the eighth round.

Vences was very active and accurate during the seventh round. Once Vences switched to a left-handed stance for a second straight round, he also landed a straight left hand that affected De Alba

Referee Raul Caiz Jr. warned Vences for hitting De Alba low about 35 seconds into the sixth round. Vences switched to a southpaw stance later in the sixth round and continued attacking De Alba’s body.

Vences consistently landed right and lefts to De Alba’s body in the first half of the fourth round. De Alba blocked a Vences right hand in the third round and fired back with a straight left that caught Vences on the chin.

Vences connected with a right hand that knocked De Alba off balance about 1:20 into the first round. Another Vences right hand knocked De Alba backward with just over a minute left in the first round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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