NF’s Mikiah Kreps, Mike Vega take wins at Seneca Niagara | Sports
Mikiah Kreps was challenged by her team to get off to a quick start on Friday night. She delivered.
A minute later, Kreps floored his opponent, Carmaira Matos, with a left hook, and controlled the fight from there, going 4-0 on his career with a unanimous decision win at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
Kreps won on all three scorecards, 58-55. Greater Niagara Newspapers scored the fight 60-53, as did ESPN Knockout, the network airing the fight.
Matos fell to 3-1 on her career.
“It was a clean shot,” Kreps said of the knockdown. “I saw it when I was throwing my jab, and it changed the whole rhythm of the fight. I knew I had to come in and dominate like I always do.
Kreps controlled the entire fight with his defense and sharp punches. Matos repeatedly tried to turn the fight in his favor by choking out Kreps and being physical on the inside. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome Kreps’ initial advantage by scoring a 10-8 opener through the knockdown.
Twice in the final rounds, Kreps had Matos on the canvas with potential knockdowns, but the referee ruled them as accidental slips.
“When a fighter ties you up like that, you have to do your best to get out of it,” Kreps said. “I believe if I wasn’t so bound I would have had the stoppage.”
“She looked strong,” said Jerry Cesarez, Kreps’ manager at First to Fight Management. “We see the benefits and improvement of working with Manny (Robles) and his team.
“You can tell her footwork has improved a lot. She used to be heavy on her feet, now she’s lighter.
With the win, Kreps is potentially set to fight again Nov. 22 in New York, according to Cesarez. She will be back in the gym on Monday to begin her preparation.
“I want to be as busy as possible. Having a quick turnaround, finishing the year strong and aiming for a world title in 2023 is the plan,” she said.
“It’s the best she’s ever kept in shape between fights since turning pro,” Cesarez said. “I’m very proud of her.”
Mike Vega, 37, of Niagara Falls, improved his career to 2-0 with a split decision victory over Carlos Nunez, who fell to 0-2-1. Vega hurt his hand in the second round but persevered to take the win.
“It felt good to get the win,” Vega said. “I first felt the pressure with the friends (in the crowd), but I settled in. All this support is overwhelming.
“Going forward I think I need to be busier. We knew our opponent was going to be a good tough fighter, and myself and the team worked really hard tonight and in preparation for the fight.
Tonawanda’s Alex Castellano fought to a six-round draw with Miguel Angel Carrizo. Castellano is up to 8-1-1, 2 KOs, while Carrizo is now 3-1-1, 2 KOs. The scorecards showed 58-56 for Castellano, 59-55 for Carrizo and a 57-57 draw.