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Kendo Castaneda Predicts Stoppage Win Over Josue Vargas

Michael Woods



Kendo Castaneda may be as ready as he’s ever been, as pro, for his test.

Coming into the 140 pound plus ESPN/Top Rank showdown with Josue Vargas on the Lomachenko vs. Lopez undercard, Kendo was sparring three times a week with Regis Prograis.

“Dawg work,” the Texan with a 17-2 record told NY Fights. “We are getting ready together. We both got big fights one week after another.”

And that sparring, that makes a big difference? “All the difference for me to be ready for the next level,” the 26 year old from San Antonio told me.

And, I asked him when this fight was announced, has he already scouted Vargas? What is his scouting report? “Great young fighter,” Castaneda said. “Great talent. No man strength. I see it as winner takes all fight.”

Vargas has real good skills, he continued. He owns some of the same attributes that make Prograis a top level pugilist. “But the same man strength? No.”

Castaneda comes in having lost two straight, but his confidence isn’t lagging. He lost a MD to 18-0 Yomar Alamo, a Puerto Rican. And then, there’s zero shame in losing to Jose Zepeda, on July 7, 2020. Vargas, who is just 22 years old, is 17-1, and that loss came in 2016, versus 17-11-3 Sammy Santana. It was a DQ, and not earned, in many minds. Vargas ripped shots on Santana, knocked him down, then got sent to the mat, but roared back with another knockdown.

I didn’t agree with the call by ref Tony Weeks that a shot behind the head by Vargas was such that he deserved to lose by disqualification.

OK, anyway….Prediction time, please.

“I predict a tremendous showdown and CASTANEDA winning via TKO,” Kendo stated. “In the late rounds.”

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.