Last month a young 140 pounder from San Antonio, Texas captured a world title. Mario Barrios outlasted the rugged Batyr Akhmedov over 12 grueling rounds taking a unanimous decision to capture the WBA regular Jr Welterweight title, on the Spence-Porter under card. There’s another 140-pounder who calls San Antonio home who is hot on his trail. The 25-year old Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda who captured the WBA-NABA title back in December of last year, adds our “Prospect of the Month” award for October to his growing list of accolades. Castaneda put on a tremendous performance in the main event of a card in Reno Nevada last week where he stopped the rugged Stan Martyniouk in six brutal one-sided rounds. Tremendo moved one step closer to fighting for a world title, something his good friend Barrios was able to do. When asked if there was a rivalry between the two San Antonian 140 pounders Castaneda responded “We motivate each other I talked to him after his last fight and told him his performance motivated me”. Castaneda is currently promoted by the legendary four-division world champ Roy Jones Jr and is perhaps their best prospect and most likely to land a world title in the near future.
Kendo Castaneda has been rapidly improving fight to fight and gave what was likely the best performance of his career at the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, Nevada. Castaneda gave a tremendous performance in what was the biggest fight of his career and its biggest test. Stan Martyniouk was supposed to push the Texan, drag him out into deep waters and test him in ways he hadn’t been tested before. Instead Trmendo dominated and battered the veteran, hurting him in the opening round with a right hand to the head and then followed up with one to the body that backed Martyniouk into the ropes. A place what Martyniouk would spend way to much time. Castaneda backed him into the ropes and battered him in nearly every round. The San Antonio native displayed a complete offensive attack unleashing a vicious body attack and seamlessly switched between the conventional and southpaw stance keeping his opponent off balance and constantly guessing. The offensive onslaught came to a head in the sixth round and the punishment became too much for Martyniouk, as he was rocked with a big right hand in the opening moments of the round. Castaneda stayed on his man for the remainder of the round rocking him with a left hook that sent Martyniouk into the ropes and another left hand hurt him badly. Knowing his opponent was badly hurt, Tremendo unleashed a whirlwind of power shots on his hapless opponent. dropping him and bringing referee Vic Drakulich to waive off the bout with :32 seconds left in the sixth round. Castaneda ran his record to 17-0 (8)
Castaneda who has an outspoken and larger than life personality has called out former UFC Bantamweight champ Cody “No Love” Garbhardt, who is a well known striker in the UFC and has called out former world-champ Adrian Broner. Broner has been out of the ring and has had some legal and personal issues. Tremendo has volunteered to fill in for Broner and fight the premier UFC fighter. Assuming that the bout doesn’t come to fruition Castaneda will have several attractive options for 2020 and moving forward. In addition to his current beef with Garbhardt he has had an on going feud with fellow unbeaten jr welterweight Arnold Barboza who is currently promoted by Top Rank. Castaneda being promoted by Roy Jones Jr Promotions and their willingness to co-promote will leave Tremendo with a plethora of good options and a fight with anyone who is willing to step in with the hard-hitting Texan.