The impressive Mexican, William Zepeda, is back in action live on DAZN this Saturday when he takes on Jaime Arboleda. At the age of 26, Zepeda already has 27 wins from 27 fights, 23 of which coming by way of Knock-Out! After turning heads with a convincing win over JoJo Diaz (32-4-1) last time out, Zepeda will be looking for another inspiring performance as he aims to climb the rankings.
William Zepeda Segura, born on June 4, 1996, is a name that boxing enthusiasts should keep an eye on. The young Mexican fighter has been making a name for himself in the lightweight division, holding the WBA Continental Americas lightweight title since July 2021.
Zepeda started his professional career on November 14, 2015, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with a third-round knockout victory over Alonso Salvatierra. He quickly became known for his aggressive, hard-punching style, winning nine of his first 11 fights via KO. He captured his first title, the WBF Mexican lightweight title, in October 2017 after defeating Juan Pablo Borbon via third-round corner retirement in Metepec, Mexico. Zepeda then defended his title against Pedro Solis, winning by fifth-round TKO in April 2018.
In March 2019, Zepeda captured his second title, the WBC FECARBOX Silver lightweight title, after defeating Eliot Chavez via TKO in the tenth and final round in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. He then defended his title against José Rosales, winning by TKO in June of the same year. Zepeda’s strong performances led him to the opportunity to fight Hector Tanajara Jr. for the vacant WBA Continental Americas lightweight title in July 2021.
The fight against Tanajara Jr. was a significant test for Zepeda, but one he made light work of. He emerged victorious after Tanajara Jr.’s corner called a halt to the contest before the start of the seventh round, earning Zepeda his third title. He then made his first defence of the WBA title with a fourth-round knockout victory over John Vincent Moralde on November 13, 2021.
Signed to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, Zepeda’s skills have not gone unnoticed, as he is currently ranked by three of the four major sanctioning bodies, all in the top six. He has fought at 135 pounds his entire pro career, showcasing his power and speed in every fight.
Zepeda’s most significant win to date came in October 2020, where he defeated former 130-pound titleholder Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. in a wide decision victory in San Diego. To many this was a statement win against a proven name and signalled his arrival on the grandest stage. Since this, it is hard to see that it will be too long before he gets a shot at a world title.
Unfortunately for Zepeda he finds himself in a very tough division with the likes of Undisputed Champion Devin Haney as well as Vasyl Lomachenko, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia. It is probably the most exciting division around right now with Davis and Garcia facing off this past weekend and Haney and Lomachenko set to fight on May 20th in Las Vegas.
It isn’t going to get any easier either with Shakur Stevenson now competing at 135. If he carries on with his impressive record and performances though, it will be likely he finds himself in the conversation with these fighters at Lightweight and hopefully in the ring with one of them in the not too distant future!
By Lee Browne