Zepeda vs. Gesta – DAZN – Sept 16 – 9 pm ET
Mexico’s William Zepeda (28-0, 24 KOs) will defend his WBA Continental Americas Lightweight Title against the resilient Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (34-3-3, 17 KOs) of Mandaue City, Philippines in a 12-round fight that will generate fireworks for Mexican Independence Day.
Zepeda was last seen headlining on April 29 in a spectacular second-round knockout of Jaime Arboleda. The two have defeated a common foe – Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. – as Gesta is returning after a major career win against him last March. The action will take place live from the Commerce Casino on September 16 and broadcast live on DAZN at 9 pm ET.
“I am very excited to be back in the ring in September, especially on such an important date for my country and for Mexican boxing,” said William Zepeda. “I know it will be another great fight for the Mexico vs. Philippines rivalry.”
“On September 16th, I can’t wait to get back in the ring against a tough fighter in William Zepeda,” said Mercito Gesta. “William is a rising star in our sport, and I’m honored to share the ring with him. The Mexico vs. Philippines rivalry will be action packed every round. To all my ‘No Mercy’ and boxing fans in the Philippines and around the world, don’t miss out on this great event. See you soon!”
“Mexican Independence Day weekend and boxing go hand-in-hand, and we’re excited to bring fans a show September 16,” said Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya. “Zepeda is a relentless fighting machine who will be looking to showcase his skills on the biggest weekend in boxing. But Mercito Gesta is coming off the best victory of his career over a former world champion and is hungry for more. There will be fireworks between these two warriors.”
In the co-main event, Vancouver’s Victor “El Tornado” Morales (18-0-1, 9 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental Featherweight Title against Mexico City’s Edwin “Pupo” Palomares (18-4-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight. Morales was last seen pulling off the upset of his career against Diego De La Hoya last April 29 in a sensational knockout that catapulted him in the rankings.
WILLIAM ZEPEDA, WBA CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LIGHTWEIGHT TITLEHOLDER: “I’m hugely inspired for this upcoming battle. It’s my belief that in boxing, there isn’t a distinction between being the preferred or secondary fighter. Getting a chance to fight a notable opponent like Mercito Gesta is an honor, and I’m eager to showcase what “El Camarón” truly represents.”
MERCITO GESTA, LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CONTENDER: “Boxing isn’t new to me. I’m continuously learning and evolving my approach. My dedication remains unwavering under the guidance of my coach, Marvin Somodio. The prospect of competing against an undefeated William Zepeda, a promising fighter, genuinely invigorates me. Such a moment is rare, and with Oscar and Golden Boy offering it, I can’t decline. Kudos to Golden Boy for presenting this chance.”
VICTOR MORALES, JR., WBA INTERCONTINENTAL TITLEHOLDER: “I’m fortunate to participate in another event featuring Zepeda as the secondary main event, especially during such a crucial weekend for us Mexicans. We’re gearing up to showcase our talent. Regardless of Palomares’ strategy, we’re equipped with diverse tactics, be it close combat or distance play. Our aim remains the same: triumph once again.”
YOKASTA VALLE, IBF AND WBO MINIMUMWEIGHT CHAMPION: “A heartfelt thanks to the media present today. Gratitude to Oscar, Eric, and the entire Golden Boy team for organizing this crucial fight with Maria Santizo. We’ve given our all in preparations to offer an unforgettable show that aligns with the significance of the Sept. 16 date. The anticipation for the first bell this upcoming Saturday is immense.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS: “September 16 carries a legacy of memorable boxing events. Legends like Julio Cesar Chavez and Juan Manuel Marquez, including myself, have accentuated the importance of this date for boxing. Presently, William Zepeda and Mercito Gesta possess the platform to exemplify the essence of the sport.”
“For unknown reasons, there’s a distinct fervor whenever fighters step into the ring on Mexican Independence Day. This enthusiasm, the soul, and determination displayed are unparalleled, primarily because they recognize the stakes. Spectators this Saturday are in for a treat with exceptional fights lined up.”
BERNARD HOPKINS, PARTNER OF GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS: “Every individual here stands on the brink of sealing the year, transitioning into 2024. For those feeling underappreciated in the boxing community, this is your moment to make an impression as 2024 looms. To all, stay precise, give your best, and remember, the world’s eyes are on you.”