Lightweight contender William Zepeda made headlines last week when he stopped Mercito Gesta in the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions event broadcast on DAZN, on September 16th at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, California. After the fight, Zepeda stated very clearly his intention is now to go after the undisputed lightweight world champion, Devin Haney.
Recently, ProBoxTV News caught up with Eric Gomez, the President of Golden Boy Promotions as he gave his thoughts on the dynamo of the lower weight class.
"Zepeda is one of those kids, he is knocking on the door [of a world title shot and] is highly rated," told Gomez to ProBox TV News.
Zepeda fought earlier this year when he stopped Jaime Arboleda, and with his high punch output, Zepeda is looking the part of a future world champion. His most recent win over Gesta is a step in the right direction as he continues to pursue a high world ranking especially if Devin Haney moves up to junior welterweight leaving some or all of the belts vacant.
"[Zepeda] is one step away from either a final eliminator or for challenging for a world title," said Gomez. "He is highly rated by the WBA, as well."
Zepeda, who holds a smaller form of a WBA lightweight title is currently ranked as the number-two in the lightweight rankings by the WBA at this moment in history. The man who seemingly calls the shots in the WBA division is one that every fighter wants to face if they want to gain wealth quickly, and that is Gervonta "Tank" Davis, who holds a secondary world title in the division. If Haney leaves the division, it is assumed Davis might get a promotion to full champion status - if that were the case.
"That's his path to the title, and obviously the champion is Tank [Gervonta Davis]," said Gomez. "If we can get a fight with Tank that'd be great."
The big thing with Zepeda now is waiting. Zepeda finds himself in a similar position not unlike Alexis Rocha at welterweight as both divisions have undisputed champions, who are looking for 'big money fights', neither Zepeda nor Rocha occupy that space in the sport as of now. So both fighters are waiting for their moment for a title to become vacant to get a life-changing opportunity.