SAHUARITA, Ariz. (AP) _ Ernesto Zepeda of Mexico won a 12-round split decision over Nito Bravo of nearby Tucson, retaining his International Boxing Association Continental Americas junior welterweight title on Saturday night.

Zepeda (37-8-4) stunned Bravo with a right to the head in the 10th round that staggered him.

Judges Chris Wilson and Gonzalo Valenzuela had Zepeda ahead 115-113 and 116-112, while Howard Richey scored the bout for Bravo.

It was the second loss by decision in two fights under the banner of Golden Boy Promotions for Bravo (20-10-2). Bravo, who signed on for five fights with the Oscar De La Hoya-backed firm, dropped a unanimous decision to Demetrius Hopkins on March 25.

``The decision was a joke,'' Bravo said. ``I'm very disappointed in what De La Hoya Promotions had brought for me and has done for me. I'm not pleased at all.''

Zepeda felt he was the clear-cut winner.

``I was in control of that entire fight,'' Zepeda said. ``I was surprised myself when they said it was a split decision.''

In the co-main event, Oscar Andrade (34-24-1) outpointed Paulino Villalobos (23-31-2) over 12 rounds to keep his WBO Latino title.