Former world title challenger Jose “Chon” Zepeda (32-2, 25 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Kendo Castaneda (17-2, 8 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on Tuesday night inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Scores were 97-93, 98-92, 98-92.
Zepeda: “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.”
Junior lightweight Luis Alberto Lopez (21-2, 11 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten round split decision over Andy Vences (23-2-1, 12 KOs). Scores were 96-94 Vences and 96-94, 96-94 Lopez. Lopez had Vences in trouble in round six. Vences was a 5:1 favorite.
Lopez: “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.”
Vences: “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 day. This isn’t the end for ‘El Tiburon.’”
Unbeaten lightweight Andres “Savage” Cortes (13-0, 7 KOs) returned from a yearlong layoff to win an eight round unanimous decision over Alejandro Salinas (10-4, 9 KOs). Cortes, who holds a pair of amateur wins over current lightweight world Teofimo Lopez, survived a bad cut and a fourth round knockdown to get the win. Scores were 76-75, 79-93, 77-74.
The Fighting Preschool Teacher Gabriel Muratalla (4-0, 3 KOs) returned on short notice to defeat Sergio Lopez (4-6-3, 0 KOs) in a four-rounder at bantamweight. Scores were 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.