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Watch: Fresno’s Marc Castro Wins on 1st-Round TKO



Marc Castro Celebrates Victory
Marc Castro, second right, wins his hometown pro debut with a first-round TKO. (GV Wire/Albert Baker)
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Fresno’s Marc Castro gave the hometown fans what they yearned for Saturday night: a first-round technical knockout.

Punishing Angel Luna (14-8-1) of New York with combinations from start to finish, the Sunnyside High School graduate improved to 4-0 in his first fight in Fresno as a professional boxer.

After the victory, Castro leaped on the ropes and saluted the fans.

Watch: Marc Castro Stops Opponent in First Round

The 22-year-old Castro, who won some of the world’s most prestigious amateur titles before turning pro, has stopped all of his pro opponents.

Referee Jack Reiss ended Saturday’s super-featherweight bout with 19 seconds left in the first round.


Marc Castro vs Angel Luna

Marc Castro lands a straight right against Angel Luna at Chukchansi Park on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (GV Wire/Albert Baker)

Mikey Garcia Suffers Upset Loss

In the main event of a card promoted by Eddie Hearn, former world champion Mikey Garcia (40-2) of Oxnard lost by majority decision to Spain’s Sandor Martin.

Sandor received the edge in scoring on two cards (both 97-93) while the third judge called the welterweight bout a draw.

The result was a massive upset in that until Saturday, Martin hadn’t beaten a notable opponent while compiling a 38-2 record.

“It’s the biggest moment of my career,” said Martin. I always said I was going to do it and I’ve done it.”

Said Hearn: “Sandor Martin just got more and more confident as the night went on. It was a massive win. A huge win for Spanish boxing. That’s probably the biggest win in the history of Spanish boxing.”

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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