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  Zepeda Cruises Past Castaneda

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


Looking to get himself back in a championship bout Welterweight Jose Zepeda (32-2, 25 KOs) took center stage in the Main Event on ESPN. Facing a late sub in Kendo Castaneda (17-2, 8 KOs) this was a good chance for Zepeda to showcase his wares.

Looking confident, with superior skills Zepeda moved smoothly around the ring. His punches were finding their mark often against the somewhat unpolished but feisty Casteneda. At times Casteneda got the attention of Zepeda with sharp punches but he could not keep consistent momentum.

This was a good (B+) performance for Zepeda that should keep him in the conversation when title opportunities are discussed in the welterweight mix. In a unanimous nod Zepeda took all judges cards, 97-93 & 98-92 twice.

Commenting on the fight Zepeda shared, He was a late replacement, but he was tough in there. I didnt take Kendo lightly because I knew what he was capable of. He had only one loss by decision coming into tonight. Anybody with a belt at 140 pounds is who I want to fight. A championship fight is my goal, and that is what I am working towards.

Super Featherweights Andy Vences (23-1-1, 12 KOs) and Luis Alberto Lopez (20-2, 11 KOs) put on one heck of a semi-main event battle in this hard fought and bloody scrap. In the early going of the fight it looked like the much shorter Lopez was going to have trouble landing anything significant. Meanwhile Vences was looking on point. Just when it seemed the fight was going to be a one-sided affair the somewhat awkward style of Lopez started to pose a problem for Vences.

Lopez was like a bull in a china closet, he hurt Vences in the middle of the fight. The fact is it was a miracle Vences weathered that storm. Showing he has the heart of a warrior the now bloody Vences came back and began to do some real good work, pressing the action in the final rounds.

The fight that went the distance was left up to the judges tallies. In a split decision the judges had the fight scored 96-94 Lopez, 96-94 Vences and 96-94 giving the upset victory to Lopez.

On his upset victory Lopez said, I felt I won the fight with my pressure. It was a close fight, but I was confident I did enough after the final bell sounded. Credit to Vences. I thought he was knocked out earlier in the fight, but he came back like a warrior.

Reflecting on the loss Vences shared, I thought I won a close fight, but I am not going to complain about the decision. It was a good, close fight. No excuses. I prepared well for 10 hard rounds. I listened to my corner and got back in the fight. I thought I closed strong and did enough to win. Ill come back to fight another say. This isnt the end for El Tiburon.

Lightweight Andres Cortes (13-0, 7 KOs) suffered a nasty gash over his left eye and was dropped in round four but never lost his focus against Alejandro Salinas (10-4, 9 KOs). Salinas had hurt Cortes multiple times but just could not capitalize on those moments.

Make no mistake, Cortes was in a real slugfest here, but he showed real grit to change the course of this fight after the knockdown to go on to take a convincing win. Judges scorecards were unanimous for Cortes reading 76-75, 79-73 & 77-74.

Making his second appearance in The Bubble, Super Bantamweight Gabriel Muratalla (4-0, 3 KOs) took on a rugged Sergio Lopez (4-6-3) in the opening bout of the night. In his last outing Muratalla stopped his opponent right away, but in this one he was put to the test with a veteran brawler.

The Preschool teacher Muratalla passed with flying colors in this fight that went the distance. Showing he can work inside and outside and has a full arsenal of weapon,s the fighting teacher Muratalla may be one to keep an eye on in the future. Final scores all in favor of Muratalla read 39-37 and 40-36 x 2.


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