By David Robinett at ringside
In a largely tactical affair with occasional bursts of action, Jose Zepeda (31-2, 25 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career, earning a ten-round unanimous decision over former two-division champion Jose Pedraza (26-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Scores for the super lightweight bout were 97-93 across the board, which also earned Zepeda the WBC’s USNBC title belt. Zepeda, whose only losses are to Jose Ramirez and an injury stoppage against Terry Flanagan, both in title challenges, was able to consistently time Pedraza coming in, landing effectively with both hands before Pedraza could get off, particularly over the first half of the fight. Zepeda’s strategy led to frequent spells of inaction, but when they did engage, Zepeda usually landed first and harder as the normally accurate “Sniper” Pedraza had an off night.
Former super flyweight titlist Carlos Cuadras (39-3-1, 27 KOs) narrowly edged out fellow Mexican Jose Maria Cardenas (17-5, 14 KOs) over ten rounds, earning a surprising close majority decision victory by scores of 95-95, 96-94, and 96-94. Despite disadvantages in height (by six and a half inches) and reach (by three inches), the smaller Cuadras chose to largely fight Cardenas in the center of the ring, circling the taller fighter while moving in swiftly to attack before slipping out of harm’s way. While Cuadras peppered Cardenas with quick punches to the head and body, Cardenas was often left swinging and missing his elusive opponent. Cuadras, who resembles a tiny Canelo Alvarez, wasn’t looking for the knockout, content to both float like a butterfly and sting like one too, but it was an effective strategy considering the physical disparity between the two fighters. Cardenas finally started to catch up to Cuadras in round six and going forward, landing more punches as Cuadras began to slow down, but never consistently enough to change the momentum of the fight, even if enough to keep the scorecards close. Continue reading “Zepeda, Cuadras victorious in Las Vegas”
By David Robinett at ringside In a largely tactical affair with occasional bursts of action, Jose Zepeda (31-2, 25 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career, earning a ten-round…
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