Coming up tonight in Arlington, TX, Golden Boy Promotions has made best of having their original main event postponed by putting unbeaten, hard hitting lightweight William “El Camarón” Zepeda (27-0, 23 KOs) out front in their feature fight.
The Mexican Zepeda, who’s ranked 3rd at 135 lb. by the WBA and 5th by the WBA will take on former world title challenger Jaime “Jaimito” Arboleda (19-2, 14 KOs) of Panama in the show to be streamed on DAZN from University of Texas- Arlington campus,
🔥 IT'S FIGHT NIGHT!! #ZepedaArboleda goes ⬇️ tonight!
— Golden Boy (@GoldenBoyBoxing) April 29, 2023
This lightweight clash was elevated to the main event once Vergil Ortiz Jr. was forced to pull out of his fight with top WBA welterweight contender Eimantas Stanionis due to a recurrence of his blood disorder that sidelined Ortiz in early 2022.
At Thursday’s final press conference Zepeda made clear that he’s ready to step in and deliver a big showing with his opportunity,
“This is my second time as the main event in my career, the first time in the red corner, and I am so excited and have prepared well for this moment,” Zepeda said to the media.
“I trained hard for this fight, and I am coming with everything come Saturday night. I want to thank my Mexican fan base and I promise to give the fans a very exciting fight.”
“I dedicate this fight to Vergil Ortiz, Jr.; I hope and wish him a speedy recovery and I hope to see him in the ring soon.”
You can hear more in advance of Saturday’s top bout for Golden Boy from Dan Rafael with me on the latest “Big Fight Weekend Preview” podcast by clicking play below,
The 26 year old Zepeda will be defending his WBA Continental Americas lightweight title after defeating Joseph Diaz in a 12 round decision back in October in San Diego, CA. Zepeda has gone the distance in his last two bouts after scoring six consecutive KOs.
Aboleda, 28, has won three fights in a row, all in his native Panama after he lost on a TKO in an interim WBA 130 lb. title bout with Chris Colbert in December of 2022.
The co feature in Arlington will have Diego De La Hoya, 24-1, 11 KOs, in a 10-round featherweight fight for the against stablemate Victor Morales, Jr., 17-0-1, 8 KOs. And, DAZN will also stream David Stevens (12-0, 9 KOs) of Reading, Pennsylvania in a super middleweight bout with Fredrick Lawson, 29-3, 22 KOs, of Chicago.