Antonio Moran stops Kendo Castaneda, wins Final Likelihood tourney on Friday

Antonio Moran (proper) vs. Kendo Castaneda

Fringe junior welterweight contender Antonio Moran, of Mexico Metropolis, dropped Kendo Castaneda thrice en path to a stoppage win, Friday night time, at Whitesands Occasion Middle, in Plant Metropolis, Florida.

Moran improves to 29-5-1, 20 knockouts, and was the winner of the eight-man ProBox TV “Final Likelihood” match.

From the opening bell, the taller Moran was the more practical fighter, working behind a constant jab and touchdown mixtures. Moran additionally diverse his offense, connecting with lead proper fingers to the pinnacle and left hooks to Castaneda’s physique.

Castaneda tried to provoke exchanges however would get countered by Moran. Because the combat progressed into the center rounds, Castaneda fought in spurts, at instances connecting with left hooks to the pinnacle.

Moran scored a knockdown late within the sixth spherical. A left hook to the physique backed Castaneda towards the ropes and, moments later, a proper to the abdomen dropped him to 1 knee. Castaneda beat the rely however was saved by the bell.

Undaunted, Castaneda rallied within the seventh spherical however was harm towards the tip of the spherical from a counter left hook upstairs.

Castaneda regarded worse for put on however confirmed coronary heart because the combat entered the ultimate stanzas. Early within the tenth spherical, a barrage of punches dropped Castaneda to 1 knee. Castaneda beat the rely however went down once more to 1 knee to keep away from the onslaught of punches. Referee Emil Lombardi noticed sufficient and waved the combat off at 1:28.

Moran, who has been a staple of “Boxeo Telemundo” playing cards lately, defeated Jeffrey Torres and Michael Dutchover to succeed in the ultimate. Castaneda earned the fitting to face Moran by knocking out Sonny Fredrickson and decisioning Joseph Fernandez.

“We ready for a troublesome combat and the result’s right here with this trophy,” mentioned Moran, who’s promoted by Tuto Zabala Jr. and accepted the $50,000 money prize after the victory Friday night time. “I needed to preserve my distance and outbox him. I didn’t wish to let him inside my guard as a result of he would catch me with lead left hooks to the pinnacle after I dropped my fingers.

“The cash will make for an ideal Christmas for my household. I’ll relaxation for 2 to 3 weeks after which return to the gymnasium and see what might be subsequent for 2023.”

Castaneda, who resides in San Antonio, Texas, drops to 19-6, 9 KOs.

Within the co-feature, hard-hitting light-weight Miguel Madueno broke down Juan Huertas en path to a knockout win in Spherical 5.

Madueno, who’s initially from Guasave, Mexico, and now resides in Orange, California, improves to 28-1, 26 KOs.

The 24-year-old, who was coming off his first loss by the hands of Jezzrel Corrales on March 12, was too sturdy for Huertas, a 2012 Olympian. Madueno walked down Huertas, who fought off his again foot because the bout progressed.

Lower than midway by the fifth spherical, a mix surprised Huertas, sending him reeling again towards the ropes. Moments later, two devastating left hooks to the pinnacle slumped Huertas to the canvas, towards the ropes. Referee Frank Gentile counted Huertas out at 2:15.

Huertas, who grew up in Panama Metropolis, Panama, drops to 16-4-1, 12 KOs.

In light-weight motion, Ezequiel Borrero, of Las Vegas, remained unbeaten and improved to 6-0, 2 KOs, by defeating Puerto Rico’s Carlos Rosario (5-1, 3 KOs) by unanimous choice. Scores had been 60-54 twice and 59-54 for Borrero.

Within the opening bout of the ProBox TV card, junior light-weight Dominic Valle, of close by Lutz, defeated Mexico’s Jose Meza (8-8, 2 KOs) by unanimous choice. Scores had been 59-55 twice and 58-56 for Valle, who improves to 5-0, 4 KOs.



Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He could be reached by e mail at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.




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