William Zepeda celebrated Mexico's biggest holiday by announcing himself as one of the best lightweight fighters in the world without a world title. From start to finish it was domination as Zepeda got a sixth-round stoppage stoppage of former title challenger Mercito Gesta. The 27-year-old southpaw from San Mateo Atenco, Mexico showcased his relentless offense which begins and ends with volume, as he, forced a stoppage at 1:31 of round six at Commerce Casino in Commerce, California, aired on DAZN.
When looking at the CompuBox Stats for the fight it is clear to tell the story of the fight. Zepeda landed 286 punches out of 618 thrown through five-and-a-half rounds, compared to Gesta who landed 85 out of 329. More impressively was the difference in power punches. Zepeda landed 242 punches out of 454, whereas Gesta came in at 62 out of 202.
By the fifth round, the onslaught had opened a cut under Gesta's eye, as Gesta was struggling to keep up with the pace of Zepeda. The following round, the sixth, saw Zepeda stop Gesta in a dominant performance.
With this win, Zepeda now improves his unbeaten record to 29-0 (25KOs) and positioned himself for a world title. Zepeda wasted no time after the fight as he called out the current undisputed lightweight world champion Devin Haney after the bout.
In a thrilling DAZN co-feature bout, featherweight Victor Morales from Vancouver, Washington, clashed with Mexico City’s Edwin “Pupo” Palomares in a grueling battle. The two did battle with Morales seemingly landing the better shots until he had a very bad cut open on Morales' left eye in the sixth round. Morales stayed composed and in the end, the judges favored him with scores of 100-90, 99-91, and 96-94.
IBF and WBO female strawweight champion Yokasta Valle outpointed Maria Santizo. The scores were 100-90, 99-91, and 99-91, the hope are we see her and the other unified world champion Sneiesa Estrada soon.
Light heavyweight Darius Fulghum, who won the 2019 Olympic Trials at heavyweight, stopped Ricardo “Tyson” Luna in two rounds, and opening the telecast was Eric Priest winning an eight-round decision over Simon Madsen with the scores of 80-72, 79-73, and 76-76