William Zepeda is just as ready to fight now as he would have been this time one week ago.
A one-week delay in an upcoming fight versus Panama’s Jaime Arboleda was of no concern to Mexico’s Zepeda, who headlines a DAZN event for the second straight time. Their lightweight clash was previously due to land on the Gervonta Davis-Ryan Garcia superfight last weekend at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas but was pushed back one week when the April 29 DAZN card was in need of a new—and relevant main event.
“It didn’t make much of a difference,” Zepeda told BoxingScene.com. “It was only one week so we made minor adjustments. The benefit is that we now get to headline our own show instead of appearing on someone else’s undercard.”
The bout takes place this Saturday at College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. It marks Zepeda’s sixth straight DAZN appearance, and second as a main event fighter. This opportunity came about when local hero and rising welterweight Vergil Ortiz (19-0, 19KOs) suffered a repeat bout with rhabdomyolysis, which forced him to postpone his challenge of WBA ‘Regular’ welterweight titlist Eimantas Stanionis.
Golden Boy Promotions—who promotes both Zepeda and Ortiz—pulled the lightweight fight from the Showtime Pay-Per-View event to help salvage this weekend’s card. The seven-day wait didn’t bother Zepeda (27-0, 23KOs), who is coming off a three-win 2022 campaign including back-to-back decision victories over former titlists Rene Alvarado and Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz in his two most recent bouts.
The 26-year-old southpaw from San Mateo Atenco, Mexico has rapidly become familiar to U.S. boxing fans. Saturday will mark his sixth stateside appearance within his past seven starts, though the previous five were spent exclusively in California. Last weekend would have marked his Showtime and Las Vegas debut, though in a supporting bout.
The upcoming twelve-round affair versus Arboleda (19-2, 14KOs) is his first in Texas and this time as the main attraction.
“My manager (Jaime Picos) is from Austin,” noted Zepeda. “I’ve fought on the other side of the Texas border. We expect to bring a lot of people to the event.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox