By Felipe Leon
In the third installment of Zanfer Promotions month long “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament held at Tijuana, MX’s Municipal Auditorium last Friday night, dark horse Jose Cayetano (6-0, 1 KO) not only stayed undefeated but advanced to the finals with a hard won eight round unanimous decision over Luis Gomez (3-2, 2 KOs), both of Tijuana. Cayetano controlled the first half of the fight with a frenetic pace of counter punching the open defense of Gomez. Gomez had his best round in the fifth when he landed short hooks to the chin of Cayetano while attacking the body of his opponent but without much luck.
In the sixth, Cayetano trapped Gomez against the ropes and almost ended the night early after a flurry of punches but Gomez was able to survive it. At the end, all three judges, Juan Carlos Pelayo, Monique Rendon and Jose Cobian, saw the fight for Cayetano with scores of 78-74 three times. Now Cayetano awaits the result of the semi-final between Jesus Navarro of Mexicali, MX, versus Omar Gallardo of San Luis Rio Colorado, MX.
In the semi main event, Ensenada, MX’s Misael Castillo (16-0, 15 KOs) racked up yet another knockout as he made quick work of Luis Rey (8-6-1, 5 KOs) to advance to the super lightweight finals. Castillo pounded away from the beginning bell on Rey until finally landing a devastating left hook to the chin in the third round dropping Rey and earning the easy victory. Now, Castillo must wait for the winner of Jesus Gurrola and Rafael Cobos.
In other results, former title challenger Manuel Vargas (27-5-1, 12 KOs) of Guadalajara, MX, scored an impressive knockout win over Ricardo Armenta (10-7-1, 4 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, MX, in the first of a scheduled eight rounder in the flyweight division. Vargas was able to trap Armenta early on against the ropes and land a left hook to the body followed by an even quicker left hook to the chin to disconnect the Ciudad Obregon native from his senses. Lightweights Alberto Ocampo (2-0-1, 1 KO) and Francisco Guijarro (2-2-1), of Ensenada and Tijuana, MX, respectively, fought to a six round draw while first timers Daniel Gonzalez (0-0-1) and Jose Iñiguez (0-0-1), both of Tijuana, also fought to a four round draw at super bantamweight.
The “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” finals will be held on July 24th in Tijuana, MX, as part of the TECATE Box Tour. The winners will pocket $5,000 US and earn berths in the national tournament “Campeon Azteca (Aztec Champion)” broadcast nationally in Mexico by the Azteca channel later this year.