Castro preserves unbeaten record against Nieves

By: Ron Valderrama/

Photo: Rhonda Costa/Twin Flame Images

Super bantamweight, Carlos Castro (19-0, 8 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact, defeating Basilio Nieves (15-4, 3 KOs) by TKO on Saturday at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix and was the featured main event on the Iron Boy 42 card.

It didn’t take Castro long to adjust to the awkward style of Nieves, who kept moving forward on Castro in the opening round. Castro’s corner instructed him to make adjustments. Going into round 2, it was evident the adjustments made a difference as Castro began landing punches as he spotted openings in Nieves’ game.

In round 4, Castro had Nieves figured out and had him fighting in defensive mode. Piercing body shots thrown by Castro began taking its toll as Nieves who claimed he was hit with a blow to the kidney. Moments later, Castro hit pay dirt, dropping Nieves to his knees for a count. It was clear Nieves was in trouble, but he beat the count and continued to fight. With a barrage of punches, Castro fired off a mix of punches that again dropped Nieves for a count. Nieves again beat the count, but moments later, Castro seized an opening and fired one last crushing blow that would drop Nieves a final time. Referee Wes Melton executed the 3-knockdown rule and ended the bout. The official time of the stoppage was 2:18 of round 4.

In the co-main event, Adrian Servin (6-0-1, 2 KOs), fought a crafty Francisco Chavez (2-0-1) in an action-packed 6 round flyweight bout. The two battled from the opening bell and brawled the entire fight. A tremendous amount of punches were being thrown by Chavez, but Servin blocked many of the incoming blows. It was a great display of talent, toe-to-toe action the entire fight. In the end, the judges score it 58-56 Servin, 58-56 Chavez and an even score of 57-57 for a split-draw.

The Undercard:

After a 16-year hiatus, Fidel Hernandez (17-4, 10 KOs) and Valley favorite, defeated Michael Glenn (4-15-3, 1 KO) by TKO in a scheduled 6 round bout set at 178 lbs.
Glenn may not have an impressive record, but he did take this fight on short notice and made the trip from Kansas to do so. To be honest, I didn’t truly expect Hernandez to look this good. Sure, Glenn may not have been the most worthy opponent, but he did display some skill in the opening round before Hernandez showed he still has game. In round 2, Hernandez mixed it up, delivering deadly body shots and combinations on Glenn, I was stunned Hernandez still had power and speed after such a long layoff. In a wise decision, Glenn’s corner stopped the action before round 3 began, awarding Hernandez the TKO win.

Making their pro debuts, amateur sensation Chris Scala faced a tough Omar Enriquez in a scheduled 4 round bout set at 118 lbs. Both fighters didn’t look like this was their first fight, trading punches and showing a tremendous display of boxing talent. The fight goes the distance as the judges score it a split decision, 38-37 X 2 and 39-36 in favor of Scala.

Luis Espinoza (8-0, 3 KOs), defeated Manuel Manzo (0-6-1) by majority decision, 38-38, 39-37 and 40-36 in a 4 round bantamweight scrap.

Featherweight, Jesus Ibarra (3-0, 2 KOs) had a short night in his scheduled 4 round bout against Joseph Veloz (0-2), dropping Veloz three times in round 1. The referee executed the 3-knockdown rule at 2:53 of round 1.

In a 6 round bout at 147 lbs., Eben Vargas (7-0, 4 KOs) won by unanimous decision against Matt Murphy (3-17-3, 2 KOs), official score was 60-54.

Estavan Payan (1-2-1, 1 KO), defeated Jesus Garcia (0-1) by TKO in round 3 of a scheduled 4 round bout at 162 lbs.

In a heavyweight bout scheduled for 4 rounds, Waldo Cortez defeated Ruben Rivera. Official time was 2:41 of round 3.

Winning by unanimous decision, Edward Ceballos defeated Raymond Chacon in a 6 round, 122 lbs. bout. Official scores, 60-54 X 2 and 59-55.