Former world title challenger Jose Zepeda scored a lopsided ten round unanimous decision over prospect Kendo Castaneda on Tuesday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Over the course of the Jr. Welterweight bout, Zepeda demonstrated a well-balanced attack, frequently mixing his offense to the body and head, consistently beating Castaneda to the punch, as well as displaying effective counter punching. A full display of Boxing skills that allowed Zepeda to box his way to a convincing unanimous decision victory. Official scores were: 97-93, and 98-92 (On two scorecards) in favor of Zepeda. Jose Zepeda advances to 32-2, with 25 Knockouts. Kendo Castaneda falls to 17-2, with 8 Knockouts.
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Jr. Lightweight Luis Lopez scored a hard-fought ten round split decision over highly touted prospect Andy Vences. In what was a closely fought bout from the outset, Lopez nearly ended the fight in round six when he staggered Vences with an uppercut to the head and proceeded to batter him with a barrage of punches. To his credit, Vences survived the barrage of punches and appeared to outwork Lopez down the stretch, despite suffering a cut over the left eye in round six from an accidental clash of heads. The three judges were split in their verdict at the conclusion of the ten round bout with all three turning in identical scores, but with two judges scoring the bout 96-94 in favor of Lopez. Luis Lopez advances to 21-2, with 11 Knockouts. Andy Vences falls to 23-2-1, with 12 Knockouts.
Undefeated Lightweight Eric Puente continued his winning ways with a four round majority decision over Diego Elizondo. Eric Puente advances to 3-0, with 0 Knockouts. Diego Elizondo falls to 2-2-2, with 0 Knockouts.
Rising Welterweight prospect Genaro Gamez scored a first round knockout of Reymond Yanong. The bout was stopped with one second remaining in round one. Genaro Gamez advances to 10-1, with 7 Knockouts. Reymond Yanong falls to 11-6-1, with 6 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Lightweight prospect Andres Cortes overcame a knockdown in round four to score a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision over Alejandro Salinas. This fight was one that saw both fighters engaging in exchanges from the opening bell. Cortes suffered a deep gash over the left eye in the second round as a result of an accidental clash of heads. Salinas scored the knockdown of Cortes with a short right hand to the head in the fourth round where it was ruled that the ropes kept Cortes from going down. Cortes was however, able to rally down the stretch to earn the decision win. Official scores were: 76-75, 79-73, and 77-74 all in favor of Cortes. Andres Cortes advances to 13-0, with 7 Knockouts. Alejandro Salinas falls to 10-4, with 5 Knockouts.
Undefeated Bantamweight prospect Gabriel Muratalla began the evening by scoring a hard-foght four round unanimous decision over veteran Sergio Lopez. Lopez began the bout by attempting to jump on Muratalla. Although Lopez was aggressive throughout the duration of the fight, Muratalla gradually landed the cleaner punches as well as countered Lopez effectively throughout to earn the unanimous decision victory. Official scores were: 39-37, and 40-36 (On two scorecards) in favor of Muratalla. Gabriel Muratalla advances to 4-0, with 3 Knockouts. Sergio Lopez falls to 4-6-3, with 0 Knockouts.
The consistent theme of Boxing cards and really all of sports that are trying as best as possible to resume during the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic is fighters/athletes looking to stay active under difficult circumstances. While several of the Boxing cards that have taken place over the last month can be described as fighters for the most part going through the motions, and this card falls in line with that description, there has also been instances where prospects and contenders have been tested. This card featured fighters ranging from the early stages of their careers to those who are nearing contender status having to face tests inside the ring. While for some they were able to come through successfully in those tests that will only help in their overall development, others experienced a setback. If circumstances regarding COVID-19 allow however, all of the above could be back in the ring in a relatively short time. We will have to wait and see not only whether circumstances will allow for the sport to remain active in some aspects, but also whether those circumstances will also make it possible for a more adequate discussion regarding what the respective plans for future bouts for the fighters that have been competing to occur in a more thorough form.
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