Zepeda vs. Hughes – DAZN – March 16 – 9 pm ET
William Zepeda, hailing from San Mateo Atenco, Mexico, is gearing up to lock horns with England’s pugilistic pride, former IBO World Champion Maxi Hughes. This 12-round tussle, doubling as an IBF and WBA Lightweight World Championship Eliminator, promises fireworks. Slated for Saturday, March 16, the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will play host to this clash, with DAZN broadcasting the spectacle globally.
Zepeda, brimming with anticipation, declared, “This is a massive leap towards my dream of clinching a world title. Maxi Hughes is no pushover, and I’m itching to trade blows with him. Representing my modest roots, I aim to shine in Vegas, the mecca of boxing, and etch my name as a World Champion.”
Known for his knockout power, Zepeda, aka “El Camarón”, has bulldozed through opponents, capturing the imagination of fight fans. His record-shattering bout against Joseph “JoJo” Diaz last October was a tour de force, smashing CompuBox records. Recently, he left the ring with a knockout victory over Mercito Gesta.
Hughes, with a hint of sarcasm, commented, “Last time in the U.S., the judges played with my heartstrings. This time, I’m coming back fiercer, hungry for redemption. Zepeda’s never faced anyone quite like me.”
Hailing from Rossington, England, Hughes’ journey from obscurity to the pinnacle of boxing is nothing short of inspiring. Amassing a treasure trove of titles, his crowning moment was seizing the IBO Lightweight World Championship in 2021. His last bout, a gritty showdown with George Kambosos Jr., showcased his mettle.
Oscar De La Hoya, the bigwig of Golden Boy Promotions, chipped in, “Zepeda’s like a human wrecking ball in the ring. With a title opportunity at stake, fans better brace themselves for an all-out assault. Hughes is battle-tested, and if Zepeda can topple him, the possibilities are limitless.”
Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment added, “Hughes has fought tooth and nail for this opportunity, particularly shining against Kambosos Jr. This fight pits two top-tier lightweights against each other, setting the stage for a rightful mandatory contender.”
Ont the undercard, Floyd Schofield, fresh off a knockout that had folks spilling their pints, is back to defend his WBA International Lightweight Title. He’s up against Esteuri Suero from Las Vegas in what’s shaping up to be a fiery co-main event, promising ten rounds of pure theatre.
Also grabbing the spotlight on DAZN, Victor Morales, Jr. from Vancouver, Washington, is duking it out with Luis Nunez for the WBA Featherweight Championship Final eliminator spot. It’s a ten-rounder with a world championship fight dangling at the end. Adding more fuel to the fire, Marlen Esparza and Gabriela Alaniz are locking horns again in a grudge match, battling it out over ten rounds for a cluster of Flyweight Championship titles.
Kicking things off, Tristan Kalkreuth is set to clash with Marquice Weston in an eight-round cruiserweight bout, followed by Eric Priest, who’s gearing up for a middleweight battle against an opponent yet to be named.
For those eager to be part of the mayhem, tickets are up for grabs starting at 43 quid, scaling up to 162 quid, not counting the taxman’s cut. For the high rollers, Golden Boy is dishing out some VIP Experience tickets complete with swag and fight night perks. Grab your tickets at Ticketmaster or the Golden Boy Promotions website