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Andy Vences Fights To No-Contest In San Francisco

Westside Promotions made their debut in the Northern California market, as they put on a show at The Cow Palace, in San Francisco, California, as the main event saw Ronald Gavril, who has fought David Benavidez twice, won the vacant WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title by majority decision over Khainell Wheeler. Neither guy was a local, but the fight from the sounds of it was good, and should grant Gavril an opportunity down the road.

The star of the show was Andy Vences, the long-time world-level super featherweight who has fought away from the Bay Area for roughly the past eight-or-nine years ago coming back to his home region, as his last fight here was one of the last Don Chargin and Paco Damian cards at the Redwood City, Fox Theatre. Vences, with a healthy slew of fan support, faced Cristian Mino, a professional veteran, who has faced worthy opposition, often in the wrong corner.

Vences started fast, and looked as though the inevitable knockout was coming – it was just a matter of when. Then it happened. Mino’s head turned a big shot landed, and referee Dan Stell ruled the knockdown was caused by an illegal blow ruling the bout a first-round no-contest. As with many veterans of the sport of boxing, when you give them an opportunity for a way out and to fight another day, they will jump on it, and that appears to be what happened. It is one of those unfortunate things were it appears to be a knockout to me, but not much you can do about it once the call has been made.

“1st Round TKO victory 💥 We really did that [expletive] & made it happen faster than anybody! My Coach Angel said it best, my opponent had a record of 23 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw with 17 KOs from Argentina 🇦🇷,” said Vences via Instagram, emojis and all. “This fight wasn’t an easy “comeback” fight. This guy fought “Juan Manuel Lopez” in a fight of the year. He fought “Kennith Simms Jr.” [SIC] for a title, and fought “Ruben Torres” in a great battle. All in all, this was no easy fight going in BUT Angel prepared me well. He’s a real Coach that actually invests his time & strategises a game plan. [SIC]”

The downside is that even though Vences looked solid, he still has not officially bounced back into the win column per the official records.

Sacramento, Ca lightweight Cain Sandoval stopped Pedro Cruz in three rounds. Sandoval looks to be a very promising prospect out of the region. Evan Holyfield son of Evander Holyfield, stopped Terrance Jarmon in the first round, and lightweight Ioannis Manouilidis, who had veteran Louis Rose in his corner stopped local favorite Michael “Mikey The Bull” Portales in the fourth round.

No official release on attendance was given.

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