Undefeated Kendo Castaneda headlined a card in his hometown of San Antonio that featured a full docket of fighters from Alamo City. Castaneda, who comes from a terrific fighting family, captured the WBA-NABA 140-pound strap in his last time out against Gilbert Venegas in a breakout performance. Looked to capitalize on his new status andTremendo did just that in destroying Dominican contender Eudy Bernardo. Taking a lopsided 10 round UD.The San Antonian controlled the entirety of the bout with a vicious body. Castaneda imposed his will on Bernardo from the opening round unleashing right hand and hooks to his body, making major investments to the bank in the early rounds that paid off by the middle rounds. IN the 5th round, Castaneda was fully in control and appeared to be gunning for the stoppage, picking up the pace and unloaded big, thudding right hands that kept the Dominican challenger shelled up and unable to return fire. The middle rounds were controlled by Tremendo’s physical strength and power shots. By the last nine minutes, it was simply a game of can Bernardo survive all 10-rounds? Which he did, with the referee looking in intently for his chance to stop the fight Bernado got on his bicycle and was able to survive and run out the clock.
Castaneda was ranked in 14th by the WBA at 140-pounds and holds their NABA strap, with the excellent performance he handed in on Thursday, it is likely that he will propel into the top 10 rankings putting himself into a position that could lead him to a world title shot sooner rather than later. The world title is currently held by Kiryl Relikh who is involved in the WBSS tournament and is likely tied up for the rest of year. Castaneda is in a position that if he stays busy he can get himself into position to challenge Relikh or whoever emerges as WBA champ when the tournament concludes.
In the undercard of the all San Antonio event, we were given what is the leader in the clubhouse for “knockout of the year” for 2019. By 22-year-old blue chip prospect Henry Arredondo. Super Bantamweight who was fighting at featherweight spent the first round sizing up the much bigger Jahaziel Vazquez with his jab. Arredondo delivered the kill in the second round. A picture perfect left hook that landed perfectly on the jaw of Vazquez that put him out cold and caused the ref to call an immediate halt to The bout and bring the paramedic team into the ring.
In the co-main ABF 140 pound Champ Tombstone Johnny Arellano won a highly competitive and controversial decision over unbeaten Xavier “Professor X” Wilson. The professor dropped Arellano in the opening round and punished him on the inside for the remained of the two opening stanzas. By the third, already down on points, the 6’2 Arellano used his jab and straight right to keep Wilson at bay and get back into the fight. In what appeared to be a fairly even bout going into the sixth round of the scheduled eight round affair, the combatants spend the last three rounds fighting their style. Arellano was trying to be the long-range sniper with his thudding right hand and Wilson pushed the action and roughed up Arellano on the inside. As the bell rang to end the final round, the fight seemed to be up for grabs and the judges opted in favor of the long-range work from Arrellano 76-75 twice and the third judge saw it for Professor X 78-73.
In the other televised bout, undefeated lightweight prospect Joseph “Mongoose” Rodriguez stayed undefeated in a tighter than expected battle against a 6-12 fighter by the name of Darryl Hayes. Hayes trains in Houston under Houston based trainer David Martinez. Martinez is becoming a premier trainer in the area and always has fighters well conditioned and well armed with the right game plan. Rodriguez took a split decision over Hayes, all three judges scored it 58-56, two of three saw it in Favor of the mongoose with the third favoring the rugged Hayes. All four bouts streamed live all over the worlds on UFC Fight Pass. Roy Jones Jr Promotions inked a multi-year deal with the streaming service that is available for only $10 a month and will give us 70 plus cards over the next three years.