SAN ANTONIO – Leija/Battah Promotions returned for their first boxing event of 2019 Thursday night. The fight was broadcasted, in conjunction with Roy Jones Jr. Promotions, on UFC Fight Pass and featured many local fighters, including undefeated boxer Kendo Castaneda as the main event.
Castaneda put his WBA NABA Super Lightweight title on the line as he faced Eudy Bernardo in a 10-round super lightweight bout.
“Tremendo” Castaneda told KSAT 12 Sports last week that he was not intimidated by his opponent. That all changed Wednesday afternoon after the weigh-in.
“I noticed it Wednesday when I starred in this eyes during the face-off,“ Castaneda confessed to KSAT after the fight. “I saw that he (Bernardo) feared no man. Right there I knew I was going to have a tough time with this guy.“
Castaneda controlled the fight early on but Bernardo began to land many power punches starting in the sixth round. The fighter from the Dominican Republic even look satisfied with his performance after each round.
"I started a little tense," said Castaneda. "He was tougher than I thought. He was strong, he was taking shots, he was tough to put out."
Bernardo had his best effort in the ninth round but Castaneda countered late to edge out his opponent. The same happened in the tenth and final round.
In the end, the three judges at ringside had Castaneda winning by unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93. Castaneda improves to 16-0 with 7 knockouts. Bernardo has now lost 4 of his last 5 fights in the United States.