Zepeda defeats Alvarado; Scrappy, Akitsugi win

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Undefeated lightweight William “El Camaron” Zepeda (26-0, 23 KOs) of Mexico put in work against the always tough veteran and former world champion Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (32-12, 21 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua in the co-feature bout on DAZN co-feature bout at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. Starting out at a fast pace, Zepeda and Alvarado exchanged as neither took a step back, letting their hands go.

Zepeda had his hands full in going the distance ten rounds for the unanimous decision victory.

Starting out at a fast pace, Zepeda and Alvarado exchanged early on as neither took a step back, letting their hands go. Zepeda threw systematically in round three continuing to connect as Alvarado stood in the pocket and fought back. The Mexican southpaw was precise in boxing, but Alvarado was not backing away, Zepeda continued to work, late in the round Alvarado stopped Zepeda’s momentum with a short right hand.

Continuing to stay busy in the fifth, Zepeda pressed as Alvarado appeared to be cut on top of the left eye, but the veteran held his own fighting on.

Halfway through the fight, Zepeda and Alvarado continued to stay busy as the Nicaraguan appeared to be fatigued but kept pushing on. The seventh round Zepeda pressed the action and continued to throw everything at Alvarado but there was no retreat from the former world champion.

Late in the fight in round eight, Zepeda had Alvarado going and up against the ropes but there was no quitting in Alvarado as he kept fighting on. Staying busy in the ninth, Zepeda and Alvarado were giving the fans their money’s worth continuing to fight at a fast pace. The tenth and final round, Zepeda boxed away kept his distance and stayed busy with Alvarado pressing.

In going the distance, the judges scored 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 in favor of Zepeda. Already lurking in the talented lightweight division, Zepeda is looking to make his case in the division in his second fight this year.

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Super flyweight John “Scrappy” Ramirez (10-0, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles made quick work of Jan Salvatierra (8-2, 4 KOs) from Cabo San Lucas, MX, by scoring a huge first round knockout and winning the vacant NABA title on the Zurdo Ramirez vs. Boesel undercard at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. A solid right hand by “Scrappy” Ramirez sent Salvatierra through the ropes as he did not make it up for the ten count fight was stopped at 2:25 of the first. “Welcome to the Scrap Show,” said Ramirez afterward. “Jessie, or anyone with a belt, I am coming.”

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Opening the DAZN card, featherweight Katsuma Akitsugi (11-0, 2 KO) of Hollywood, California by way of Japan took three rounds to dispose of Jose Gonzalez (23-10-1, 13 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Akitsugi countered in the opening round as Gonzalez came out aggressive at fast paced swinging wildly. The Japanese fighter continued to tag Gonzalez with counters as Akitsugi was in control. After three rounds, of punishment, the fourth began but Gonzalez had seen enough as the referee stopped the fight at 1 second into the fourth round.

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San Diego super featherweight Jorge Chavez (3-0, 3 KO’s) stopped Eduardo Melendez of Puerto Rico in three. The prospect Chavez showed his skills as his contingency made its presence clear, displaying flash as he outboxed Melendez smoothly. Chavez came out and attacked in the third as Melendez’s corner had seen enough throwing in the towel as the referee waved off the bout at 1:57.

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Super featherweight Japhetlee Llamido (7-0, 3 KO’s) of Norwalk, California scored a fifth-round stoppage over Edgar Figueroa (4-3-1, 2 KO’s) of Puerto Rico. Llamido showed flash early on letting his hands go unloading on Figueroa. Displaying poise and boxing effective, Llamido showed superior skill as he continued to connect Figueroa with solid punches. A crunching left hook to the body by Chavez in the fifth did it as Figueroa was down on forcing Figueroa’s corner to throw in the towel as the referee waved off the bout at 1:35.

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Bleach blondes as Carlos Nava (8-0, 5 KO’s) of Pasadena, Texas and Cuban Olympic Bronze medalist Yampier Fernandez (1-1) of Miami squared off in a lightweight bout. It was a feel out opening round, Nava connected Fernandes with a thumping straight right hand. Nava attacked with the right hand early in the second round backing Fernandez to the ropes. Things got a little rough in round three as Nava shoved Fernandez to the ground twice, Nava continued to work effectively using his size and power to back Fernandez. In the fifth, Nava continued to overpower the Cuban as he landed with solid straight punches. The sixth and final round was all Nava as he staggered Fernandez prompting the referee to stop the fight at 1:57.

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In the opening bout from the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California Cruiserweight Kareem Hackett (10-0, 5 KO’s) of Toronto, Canada won a unanimous decision over Josue Obando (20-34-2, 15 KO’s) of Mexico. The southpaw Hackett boxed his opponent early on connecting solidly with the straight left. Working patiently, Hackett continued picking Obando with effective punches. It was all Hackett as he continued to attack precisely with bold shots but there was no quit in Obando surviving hanging on in going the distance six rounds as the Canadian worked his way to a unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 60-54.

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  • Alvarado was tough like a stone. Very good test for William Zepeda who showed a very good chin not only power punching. For me won Zepeda but more narrow than the judges told. As much two points.

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