Jose Zepeda vs. Kendo Castaneda Betting Odds and Picks

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Jose Zepeda vs. Kendo Castaneda Betting Odds and Picks
Jose Zepeda. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Top junior welterweight contender Jose “Chon” Zepeda (31-2, 25 KOs) aims to make his case for another title bout when he faces Kendo Castaneda (17-1, 8 KOs) on Tuesday, headlining the Top Rank Boxing card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Jose Zepeda vs. Kendo Castaneda

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 – 07:05 PM EDT

Opening line: Jose Zepeda -465 at 5Dimes

Castaneda stepped up to battle Zepeda because his original opponent, Ivan Baranchyk, suffered a rib injury in sparring. This forced Branchyk to withdraw from the fight.

“Jose Zepeda is one of the world’s elite 140-pounders, and I credit Kendo for taking on this challenge,” said Top Rank Boxing chairman Bob Arum.

Jose Zepeda

Jose Zepeda challenged for the vacant World Boxing Organization world light title against Terry Flanagan on July 11th, 2015 at Velodrome in Manchester. Zepeda lost because he suffered a dislocated shoulder and could not continue after the second round.

He had another title shot on February 10th, 2019 against Jose Carlos Ramirez at Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California. Zepeda fought well but Ramirez retained the World Boxing Council United States (USNBC) super light title in a 12-round majority decision.

Zepeda is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win against Jose Pedraza on the Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin undercard on September 14th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“I’m ready to fight on July 7, whether it’s Ivan Baranchyk, or any of the other fighters in the 140-pound division,” Zepeda said before even knowing his opponent. “I’ve trained for July 7 since early May, so no matter who’s in the opposite corner, I’ll be ready. I’m a professional. I’m coming to MGM Grand ready to prove, once again, why I’m one of the elite junior welterweights.”

Born: May 24th, 1989

Age: 31

Country: United States

Division: Super light

Stance: Southpaw

Height: 5’8″

Reach: 70½″

Bouts: 35

Rounds: 131

Record: 31-2 (25 KOs)

71.43 KO percentage

Kendo Castaneda

Kendo Castaneda looks to bounce back from his first career loss. Yomar Alamo beat Castaneda by 10-round majority decision on July 7th, 2019 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

Castaneda had been training to appear on another Top Rank Boxing card later in July. He accepted this fight against Jose Zepeda on seven days’ notice. The 26-year-old didn’t mind having to face a left-handed opponent without the appropriate amount of time to adjust.

“It’s a blessing in itself, being able to proceed in a contact sport,” Castaneda said before knowing who he was facing. “With boxing, we’re kind of lucky, we’re able to do compete since there’s not a lot of people involved. It’s not a team sport; it’s one-on-one. I’m only allowed two cornermen and because of COVID-19, I can’t take a cutman. The state is going to provide one.”

Born: December 15th, 1993

Age: 26

Country: United States

Division: Super light

Stance: Orthodox

Height: 5’10″

Reach: N/A

Bouts: 19

Rounds: 91

Record: 17-1 (8 KOs)

42.11 KO percentage

Prediction

You can look at Castaneda’s situation like this: he’s either rusty after exactly one year between fights or he’s extremely focused, preparing to avenge the only loss of his career for 12 months.

Yes, he didn’t have much time to prepare for Zepeda, who’s way more experienced than him but you can tell that Castaneda wants to seize this amazing opportunity. He’s clearly looking forward to having an opportunity to compete.

Jose Ramirez said that Zepeda was the toughest opponent of his career and Alamo barely beat Castaneda, which probably has him fired up, as he’s had a year to think about this. This will be a war between two boxers with a lot to prove. Castaneda is a tough fighter. My lean is the Over, even at -300 boxing odds. Make a small bet.

Boxing Pick:

Over 8.5(-300)
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