Diaz vs. Zepeda
William Zepeda (left) had too much firepower for Joseph Diaz Jr. in Saturday’s main event. Photo credit: Tom Hogan, Golden Boy Promotions

Lightweight William “El Cameron” Zepeda came on with the force of zombie against former
champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. in the main event Saturday at Pechanga Arena San Diego.

Zepeda (26-0, 23 KOs) won a lopsided decision over Diaz, from Downey, (32-3-1, 15 KOs) by scores of 119-109 (X 2) and 118-110. NYFights.com scored it 118-110.

The undefeated Mexican fighter’s stamina and work rate was relentless, a credit to his
high-altitude training. Zepeda made it nearly impossible for Diaz Jr. to stop him or slow
him down.

Zepeda said he was grateful for the victory, paying his respects to his own team, Diaz’s and to Golden Boy Promotions, promoter of the evening of boxing.

“I studied him very well,” Zepeda said of Diaz. “There were a lot of comments on social media that said this would be my toughest test. I think I passed the test excellently. I’m ready for the best at 135.”

Diaz Jr. credited Zepeda’s pressure for shutting his offense down. “I knew he would put on a lot of pressure,” he said of his opponent. “But consecutive, constant nonstop pressure, it’s pretty tough.”

Orange County native Alexis “Lex” Rocha (21-1, 13 KOs) got a lot more than he expected
from challenger Jesus ‘Ricky’ Perez of Tijuana (24-4, 18 KOs).

Rocha won easily with lopsided scores of 100-89, 100-90, and 99-91, which don’t reflect the excitement of the fight and the admiration Perez earned from the fans.

“This is a tough hombre,” said Rocha of his opponent. “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.”

Arely Mucino of Monterrey (32-3-2, 11 KOs) delivered a victory to her fans in
San Diego defeating champion Leonela Yudica of Argentina (17-1-3) to become the new
IBF World Flyweight champion.

Mucino won the close contest by split decision (97-93, 96-94 for Mucino, 96-94 for Yudica).

Yudica didn’t yield easily in her 11th title defense as Mucino pressed the action, backing up Yudica throughout the fight. Mucino suffered a troublesome hematoma due to a headbutt in the third round, but her cornermen kept it from stopping the bout.

Credit goes to trainer Joel Diaz who urged Mucino forward. Awaiting her is a unification fight with WBA and Ring Magazine World flyweight Champion Marlen Esparza, sitting ringside. Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya confirmed the matchup was likely.

Mucino dedicated the fight to her late father, who died of COVID-19 a year ago. Her
husband, former world champion Angel “Tito” Acosta of Puerto Rico, was on hand to
celebrate.

Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Chavez of San Diego (4-0, 3 KOs) donned the Padres City Connect
colors and had the crowd on his side in his bout against Adrian Leyva of Houston (3-4-2,
1 KO).

Chavez suffered his first pro knockdown in the first minute of the fight, but
returned the favor before the round was over. The pair pounded their way to a
decision for Chavez. Scores were 60-57, 59-55 and 58-55.

“It was like a light switch. I turned the light back on,” said Chavez of the knockdown. “I
didn’t expect to go to war with this guy.” Call it a good learning experience for the 22-
year-old prospect, who promised to bring a championship title home within the next
two years.

The evening’s other winners: super bantamweight Hector Valdez of Dallas; featherweight Japhethlee Llamido of Norwalk; Asa Stevens of Hawaii, and Jan Salvatierra of Los Cabos.



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