By Felipe Leon
After summer long all out Tijuana boxing action, Zanfer Promotions in association wth the regional Azteca Channel are ready to put their “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove) tournament to an end with the final two bouts being held this Friday night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The two winners will be awarded $5,000 and earn a berth in the nationally broadcast reality TV show “Campeon Azteca (Aztec Champion)” later this year.
In the light welterweight eight round main event, Ensenada, MX’s hard hitting Misael Castillo (16-0, 15KOs) will take on the tough Jesus “Pantera” Gurrola (23-1, 16KOs) of Mexicali, MX. Castillo has bulldozed over every one of the opponents who has stood in his way to the final, knocking out Cesar Sanchez and Luis Rey Campoa, both in the first round, on his way to the final.
Gurrola has had a little bit tougher road to the last bout as he had an all out four round war against tourney favorite Humberto Tapia in his first bout and a draw against Rafael Cobos in the semi final only to knock him out two weeks later in the first round in Hermosillo, MX.
In the semi main event, the resilient Jesus “Kalaka” Navarro (18-3, 13KOs) will take on the come-from-behind favorite Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (6-0, 1KOs) of Tijuana, MX, in an eight round bantamweight contest.
Cayetano surprised everyone when he knocked down the much more experienced Fernando “Ferocito” Vargas twice en route to a shocking four round split decision in his first tournament match up and then proceeded to hand Luis “Chupacabras” Gomez an eight round unanimous decision beating in the semi-final.
The southpaw Navarro won his first round bout by disqualification when Jose Tamayo struck him with an intentional head butt which opened a cut over his left eye. In his semi-final bout, Navarro won a rough and tumble majority decision over Oscar “Bebe” Gallardo.
On the undercard, Tijuana bantamweight Daniel “Profe” Navarrete (6-3, 4KOs) will take on Victor Capaceta (2-2-2), also of Tijuana, for six rounds while middleweight Felix Castro (1-0, 1KO) of Tijuana takes on Francisco Espinoza (3-1, 1KO), also of Tijuana, for four rounds.
In a super flyweight four rounder, Daniel Modad (1-2, 1KO) will try to spoil Mario Lara’s pro debut.
Four more bouts round out the night.
Tickets available at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium box office. Doors open at 7:30pm with the first punch thrown at 8:30pm.