William Zepeda Scores Lopsided Decision Over JoJo Diaz
Saturday night in San Diego, CA, William Zepeda took another step towards getting a potential lightweight title shot, as he got his most significant win to date over former 130 lb. champ Joseph “JoJo” Diaz.
Diaz used superior speed and punching power in the Golden Boy Promotions main event to control the bout on his way to an easy unanimous decision win by scores of 119-109 x 2 and 118-110
— Golden Boy (@GoldenBoyBoxing) October 30, 2022
Zepeda (27-0, 23 KOs) demonstrated throughout the night that he can contend in lightweight division, as he controlled Diaz (32-2-2, 15 KOs) at the Pechanga Arena, San Diego, CA and live worldwide on DAZN. Zepeda was in control of most of the fight, out-landing Diaz with one-two combos and using good movement.
Zepeda’s work caused swelling under Diaz’s right eye that affected him more, as the bout wore on. The veteran was coming off a 12 round decision loss last December to now, undisputed lightweight champ Devin Haney. To his credit, Diaz took the punishment as the rounds wore on and kept trying to trade with the faster Zepeda.
Zepeda believes he’s ready
“I have learned that boxing gives back what you put in,” Zepeda said in the ring post-fight. “I have trained hard, have been disciplined, and have listened to my team. Now it is time to rest up and await for what is next for us at this division.”
“There were a lot of comments on social media that said this would be the toughest test of my pro career. I think I passed my test excellent. I’m ready for the best at 135.”
The 26 year old Zepeda has been active this year- fighting three times now in 2022. He kayoed Luis Viedas in just three rounds in February and then, scored a unanimous 10 round verdict over Rene Alvarado in May.
In the co-main event of the night, Golden Boy rising star Alexis Rocha (21-1, 13 KOs) of Santa Ana, CA, successfully defended his NABO welterweight title against the resilient Jesus “Ricky” Perez (24-4,18 KOs) in a 10-round decision.