The power of Jose “Chon” Zepeda proved telling in the very first round as the Mexican imposed a knockout on Panamanian Ammeth “Chloroform” Diaz in the first Zanfer event in Mexicali, Baja California.
As usual, Zepeda (24-1, 21 KOs) came out looking for a fight from the opening bell and Diaz underwent severe punishment until the fight was ended at 1:49 minutes into the first round.
Diaz went to the canvas after receiving a big right in the stomach that left him without air and referee Jacinto Arámbula decided to stop the scheduled ten round fight in the super lightweight division.
Zepeda never allowed Diaz to settle in the ring and decided to make a statement on the road to another title shot in the first half of the year.
In the co-feature, former world champion Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr proved his quality to override a hardened Jhon Gemino via unanimous decision.
Sanchez showed off all his technical resources to overcome the Filipino in a fight over ten rounds at super bantamweight limit, which in the end was decided by scores of 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94 with the judges.
In a show of power, undefeated Tijuana fighter Jaime Munguia had too much for Frank Verduzco, who went down at 2:53 of the first session.
There were also victories for twins Leonard and Eduardo Baez, whilst Carlos Sanchez and local Jassiel Escobedo fought out a majority draw with scores of 39-37 and 38-38 twice in a 4-round bout in the super flyweight division.
Ismael “Chino” Camacho, of Tijuana, defeated Luis Fernandez via decision on the cards 59-54, 60-53 and 59-54 over six at bantamweight.