Zepeda defeats Castaneda, Lopez upsets Vences in Vegas

Zepeda defeats Castaneda, Lopez upsets Vences in Vegas

Live Tuesday night from the Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Top Rank Boxing on ESPN brought us a four fight broadcast featuring former two time world title challenger Jose Zepeda taking on Kendo Castaneda in the main event and in the co-feature Super Featherweight Andy Vences took on Luis Alberto Lopez Vargas.

In the main event former world title challenger Jose Zepeda took on once beaten Kendo Castaneda in a ten round affair.

It was a dominate performance by Zepeda in terms of displaying his boxing ability, he started out using his jab to keep Castaneda  from finding his range and fighting close while he landed combinations. As rounds passed Castaneda baffled on how to close the distance would bore forward with hands held high in hopes he could wear out the more skilled Zepeda.

In rounds seven through nine Castaneda did manage to close the gap and get his best work of the night accomplished as he landed hard shots to the body of Zepeda. In the final round Zepeda boxed off the back-foot using his jab to keep Castaneda from getting in close, the contest ended in a similar fashion to how it began with Zepeda using his jab to keep Castaneda from getting close.

When the final scores were read judges seen it 97-93 and 98-92 twice in favor of Jose Zepeda who  improved to 33-1(25) while Kendo Castaneda drops to 17-2(8).

The nights co-feature would be a Super Featherweight contest between Andy Vences and Luis Alberto Lopez Vargas. This contest was competitive from the start, while Vences was the favorite Lopez the fighter from Mexico didn’t come for a payday as he took the fight to Vences from opening bell. In the sixth Lopez had Vences hurt severely and possibly saved by the bell, the luck of Vences didn’t improve in round seven when he suffered a cut above his left eye that allowed Lopez continue pressuring Vences.

The superior boxing ability of Vences allowed him to take back control of the contest, Vences boxed off the back-foot whole using his jab to control the tempo. When the scores were read Judges would see it differently scoring it 96-94 once for Vences and 96-94 twice for Lopez.

With the split decision win Luis Alberto Lopez Vargas improved to 21-2(11) while Andy Vences after suffering the second loss of his career now stands at 23-2-1 (12).

In a ten round lightweight contest undefeated Andres Cortes took on Alejandro Salinas. It was an action packed affair from the opening bell with Salinas dominating the early rounds using pressure and volume. A knockdown scored by Salinas in round four changed the tempo of this contest. Once Cortes was up he adjusted and boxed smart avoiding exchanges with Salinas while dealing with a nasty cut caused by an
accidental headbutt.

When scores were read judges seen it 76-75 79-73 and 77-74 all in favor of Andres Cortes who improved to 13-0(7).

Making his second ESPN appearance in thirty days bantamweight “Mr” Gabrial Muratalla, the preschool teacher from Fontana, California scored a  four round unanimous decision over tough Sergio Lopez.

It would be the first time Muratalla went the distance in his short career, Lopez pressuring throughout forced Muratalla who is usually a KO artist to box more and prove he can do more than just punch.

The final scores would read 39-37 and 40-36 twice in favor of Gabrial Muratalla who improved to 4-0 (3) while Sergio Lopez drops to 4-6-3.

In Undercard Action Off Air

Welterweight-Genaro Gamez 10-1(7) def. Reymond Yanong 11-6-1(9) via KO 1

Lightweight-Eric Puente 3-0 def. Diego Elizondo 2-2-2 via MD 4

Written by
Daxx Khan has been a regular member of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Show since 2011, throughout his over two decades involved with the sport of boxing he has owned his own gym, currently is a Coach with "Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing", has covered over 175 world title fights across the globe, worked for two sanctioning body organizations, written for multiple major sporting news outlets. The first world title fight he covered was in 1991 while still attending NYU when he accompanied boxing media Icon Bert Sugar to the "Terrible" Terry Norris versus "Sugar" Ray Leonard WBC Super Welterweight title fight which Norris won by wide unanimous decision. Daxx is also former USA Boxing Coach and representative for "The World Boxing Federation".

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