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  Zepeda Too Much For Diaz

Report & Photos: By William Trillo
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It was a case of ushering in the new on this Golden Boy promoted card as a game JoJo Diaz (32-3-1, 15 KO’s) just wasn’t able to keep off the attack of the up-and-coming Lightweight William Zepeda (27-0, 23 KO’s). Like a locomotive running downhill Zepeda began with a strong and consistent attack. He did not relent, in fact as the rounds went on it looked as though the young fighter from Mexico only got stronger.

For JoJo it appeared that his strategy was to pick his shots when the opportunity appeared, but for a fighter who doesn’t have the heaviest of punches that plan was not effective at all. He just could not hurt Zepeda enough to stop him from steam rolling along.

By the mid-rounds JoJo’s face began to show signs of wear and tear. Zepeda remained on a full speed attack into the championship rounds and never took his foot off the pedal. It was an impressive performance.

Credit to Diaz who gave it everything he had up until the final bell. It wasn’t enough but Diaz has always been a class act and showed the heart of a champion in defeat.

For Zepeda who won the fight on all cards, 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110, the road has been paved for him to continue on a path to a major world title. Look for this young fighter to be in some high-profile fights in 2023.

Speaking after the fight Zepeda stated, "I have learned that boxing gives back what you put in, I have trained hard, have been disciplined, and have listened to my team. Now it is time to rest up and wait for what is next for us at this division.

Alexis Rocha (21-1, 13 KO’s) and Jesus Perez (24-4, 18 KO’s) gave the fans exactly what they came for in this Welterweight title attraction. Over the course of the fight both man put together some serious leather fisted bombs. Each took turns with the heavy artillery and the crowd was loving every second.

Rocha worked behind a pinpoint body attack while Perez was content to counterpunch upstairs. The fight was a lot closer that the 100-89, 100-90 and 99-91 scores indicated but, in the end, it was Rocha who walked out of the ring with his NABO 147 strap still in his possession.

After the contest Rocha quipped, “I want all the names; I’m knocking on all the doors. I want a chance at those big names. Perez was a tough opponent. I honestly thought I was going to knock him out in the second round. He gave quite a performance, and he even won some fans tonight.”

In the “Somebody Musta Filled Out Their Scorecard Before The Fight” contest, Leonela Paola Yudica (19-0-3, 1 KO) stood in dismay as she contemplated the gift that was handed to Arely Mucino (31-4-2, 11 KO’s).

Clearly, this was a rugged battle for the little ladies, but the lumps and bumps on the face of Mucino told the real story. Yudica used a superior skill set to not only avoid any damage from Mucino but also pounded out a tune on her foes face. Most at ringside saw the fight as a robbery. Give Mucina IBF World Flyweight belt and hope she has the decency to give Yudica a rematch.

This fight looked great on paper but didn’t produce once the combatants stepped into the ring. Bantamweights Hector Valdez (16-0, 8 KO’s) and Max Ornelas (15-1-1, 5 KO’s) lulled the crowd to sleep and hypnotized the judges into some very erratic scores. All of them saw the fight 97-93, but two of those scores were for the eventual winner Valdez. The highlight of this fight was the final bell which garnered the applause of relief.

Featherweight Japhethlee Llamido 10-0, 4 KO’s) needed just one half of a round to stop Pablo Cruz (22-6-1, 6 KO’s). This was no contest, and the ref brought a halt to the carnage quickly in the very first round.

Asa Stevens (3-0) stayed on the winning track with a clean four round decision over Mychaquell Shields who was making his pro debut. The Super Bantamweight from Hawaii dropped dropped Shields early with a nice left hand. The fallen fighter arose but was unable to match Steven’s skill level. Afterward, speaking about his performance Stevens gave himself a seven out of ten. The final score read 40-35 across the board.

Jan Salvatierra (9-2, 4 KO’s) went down in round one but arose to take a close unanimous decision over Robert Ledesma (3-9, 2 KO’s). The Flyweight won on all cards 38-37.

Featherweight Jorge Chavez (4-0, 3 KO’s) kissed the canvas twice in round one then returned the favor sending Adrian Leyva (3-4-2, 1 KO) down in the same round. Both men remained on their feet for the remainder of the fight, giving the crowd a real hard nosed battle. In the end the hometown Chavez took the fight 0n cards that read 59-55, 58-56 and 60-57.


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