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22 NOVEMBER 2018

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A Night Of Boxing At The Ballpark 

By Marc Livitz at ringside in San Antonio, TX: An entertaining scrap took place in south Texas on Saturday evening featuring local bantamweight talent in Felipe "El Silencio" Castaneda and Joseph "Mighty Angel" Rios. The two fighters battled to a majority draw in a contest at Nelson Wolff Stadium, home of minor league side, San Antonio Missions.


The two Alamo city natives started with a contest of jabs. Rios (13-13-1, 6 KO’s) looked to back up Castaneda (10-5-1, 5 KO’s) as he tried to use the entirety of the ring to his advantage. Nerves seemed to be the bulk of what separated the two fighters. Felipe picked up the pace in the second. He secured Joseph with his off hand yet took a few inside shots during the process. Rios looked to disrupt his opponent’s rhythm. Leather flew just a bit in the waning moments.


They exchanged hooks at times in round three. Each man was a tad passive, possibly due to the unseasonably cold weather. Not quite jacket temperature, but certainly not fit for shorts and boxing boots in an area accustomed to nine to ten months of summer. Castaneda pushed the action to start the fourth and Rios returned the favor. Inside rights were connected and both men were hoping to land a left hook following a straight right. Half the rounds were in the bag in a closely matched contest.


"Mighty Angel" Rios settled in as counter puncher for a while as the second half of the bout was underway. He was able to land his jab when Castaneda lunged in to throw his right. The sixth was much a story of back and forth. If one were to see the bout to the favor of one or the other, then Felipe might have been just a whisker in front. He absorbed a few solid body shots in the opening seconds of the seventh. Rios scored with some combinations low and high just in time for the stadium lights to click on.


The eighth and final round commenced and the two San Antonio boxers charged in as if one had insulted the other. Joseph pushed Felipe into a corner and let loose but moments later a hard right buckled him a bit. They stood flat footed as the wood knocked to signal five seconds to go. This was definitely a great bout.


In the end, the judges would settle the affair. The cards read as follows: 76-76, 77-75 and lastly, 76-76 for a majority draw and a mightily fair decision.


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