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 KO’s) took center
stage in the Main Event on ESPN. Facing a late sub in
Kendo Castaneda (17-2, 8 KO’s) 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
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 didn’t 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 KO’s) and
Luis Alberto Lopez (20-2, 11 KO’s) 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
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. I’ll come back to fight
another say. This isn’t the end for ‘El Tiburon.’”
Lightweight Andres Cortes (13-0, 7 KO’s) 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 KO’s). 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 KO’s) 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.