It was an absolutely loaded weekend of sweet science in the Lone Star State, that kicked off in Laredo on Friday night at The Sames Auto Aren. Hometown hero Jorge Castaneda scored a one-sided unanimous decision victory over rugged Mexican challenger Pedro Amigon. Castaneda put together an excellent body attack and controlled the tempo of the fight with his seek and destroy the style. The Laredo native stayed calm and in control throughout the entire 8-round affair. Amigon was broken down from the culmination of vicious body shots and seemed to be in survival mode for much of the fight. Castaneda picked up the UD and ran his record to 13-1 (11) and captured the vacant ABF USA Super Featherweight Title. At just 22-years old Castaneda is ascending rapidly through the 130-pound division. Post-fight the newly crowned champ said “The fight wasn’t that tough,It was more complicated because of his style. He is a lefty and I couldn’t get my punches in that good. I couldn’t catch him. It wasn’t that he was that hard of a fighter. It was more complicated. He was a tough opponent though. He took some punches.”
In the co-main, fellow Laredoan, Jorge Ramos bounced back nicely with a devasting TKO victory over Gustavo Molina (24-20, 9 KOs) via TKO for the ABF American West Featherweight title to get back in the win column. In his last outing, Ramos dropped a highly competitive decision in a fight against Iskander Kharsan of Kazakhstan for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Title back in December of 2018. It was a brutal 8 round decision and the first only loss in the young Texans career. Jorge’s younger brother Alex Ramos won his pro debut in a super bantamweight bout via found round unanimous decision.
In what was certainly the most interesting fight on the loaded Triple A Promotions card, Marcos Castro won his pro debut via disqualification over Gateway City native Jose Cardenas. After scoring two first-round knockdowns of Cardenas, Castro was rocked himself in the second round from a massive Cardenas right hand that put him down according to the referee. Cardenas was unaware of the ref’s ruling and continued to let his fists guy gunning for the stoppage. The ref initiated the mandatory eight count and then called an end to the bout and DQ’ing Cardenas. The decision coupled with the late punches which were deemed dirty by Castro’s team led to an ugly incident between the two camps following the referee’s decision to halt the bout.
The undercard also featured undefeated, blue chip, featherweight prospect Rafael Morales who scored the third victory of his young career picking up a decision victory over tough guy journeymen Erik Rocha. Morales who is just 17-years old showed unbelievable poise and patience. Morales, also of Laredo, threw laser-like power shots to the head and body in outclassing his more experienced opponent over the four-round affair. Outboxing his opponent from long range and showing incredible hand speed and toughness outworking him on the inside on his way to taking the decision victory.
Saturday saw two more big cards. One in Austin at the Austin Sports Center that was main evented by Kileen, Native Reshard Hicks who put together a masterful performance in scoring an 8th round TKO of Oklahoma native Daniel Knifechief. “Too Quick” Hicks lived up to his nickname and more in not just being too quick for Knifechief but also too accurate, too skillful and too powerful. Hicks boxed brilliantly switching back and forth between the southpaw and conventional stances seamlessly and smoothly. The Killeen native scored three knockdowns on three beautiful right hands. One in the opening round, another in the third and the final knockdown came in the seventh. After badly hurting Knifechief in the end of the seventh round “Too Quick” picked up the pace and gunned for the knockout in the eighth and final stanza buckling the legs of Knifechief early in the round and following up with a flurry of pinpoint power shots that caused the referee to step in and waive the bout off and give Hicks the ABF Welterweight title and the 12th win of his unbeaten pro career.
In the Co-main event, savvy ring veteran Marqise “Hawk” Hawthorne scored a major upset in capturing a regional ABF title over unbeaten Houston native Robert Redmond Jr. After being out jabbed and outboxed in the first two rounds, it appeared as the switch was hit and it all of a sudden it became “Hawk Time” as Hawthorne took control of the fight in third round in bringing the fight to Redmond and countering his shots and beating his man up in the inside with perfectly placed hook. Hawthorne kept out the attack and dropped his opponent in the fourth round with a vicious left hook. Redmond tried to slow the pace of the fight down in the fifth but was actually outboxed by the Hawk over the rounds five through seven. In desperate need of a knockout, Redmond picked up the pace in the final round and went after Hawthorne hurting him badly with a right hand that forced him into the ropes. Hawthorne, a veteran, was able to survive the all-out assault from Redmond and run out the clock and secure the upset decision victory and take home the ABF strap. Hawthorne told us of winning the title “This means a lot it means a big step up in my career, it means I need to be more motivated and I need to work extra hard just to keep it. ”
In the final card of the weekend out of San Antonio in the famous Scottish Rite theatre undefeated middleweight prospect Eddie “The Hunter” Ortiz stayed unbeaten via third-round knockout of Jesus Gomez Rodriguez (5-3, 3 KOs) of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Ortiz stunned Rodriguez with a vicious uppercut that sent his opponent reeling into the ropes. Like a dog on fear the hunter jumped on his hard opponent and unleashed a flurry of power shots that left Rodriguez defenseless and battered in the ropes causing the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout at 1:17 of the third round. Following the fight, Ortiz said he “… tried to stay patient and wait for my opportunity,” For Ortiz who has out all over the world it was his first hometown fight in two years. Ortiz last fought in December when captured an ABF Middleweight strap by pulling a massive upset over Kurtiss Colvin in Houston.