10/29 DAZN: JoJo Diaz vs William Zepeda

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Yet another date change has come with the Joseph Diaz-William Zepeda fight.



The latest update also comes with a home for the terrific lightweight crossroads bout.



BoxingScene.com has confirmed that Diaz-Zepeda will now take place on October 29 at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. The latest shift—which was confirmed by Golden Boy Promotions on Thursday—marks the third unique date attached to the fight, which has moved from November 5 to November 19, back to November 5 and now on the last weekend of October.



The new fight date momentarily conflicts with a previous—and perhaps premature—announcement made by Fernando Beltran, head of Zanfer Boxing who insisted that Jaime Munguia (40-0, 32KOs) would be headlining the October 29 show at Pechanga Arena. An opponent was confirmed for the former WBO junior middleweight titlist, despite speculation that he would next face England's John Ryder. Neither DAZN nor Golden Boy cosigned on Beltran's announcement, which remains in limbo as this goes to publish.



Golden Boy is now armed with significant fight nights on back-to-back weekends. The new date puts the bout one week ahead of the WBA light heavyweight title fight between reigning champ Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11KOs) and unbeaten mandatory challenger Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (44-0, 30KOs), which will take place November 5 in Abu Dhabi. Golden Boy promotes Ramirez and Diaz, though it was never in the cards for both fights to share a bill.



The adjustment will leave Diaz (32-2-1, 15KOs) out of the ring just shy of eleven months rather than nearly a full year. The former IBF junior lightweight titlist has not fought since a competitive but clear points loss to Devin Haney in their WBC lightweight title fight last December 4 in Las Vegas. Haney has since collected all of the lightweight titles in a twelve-round win over George Kambosos in their undisputed clash this past June in Melbourne, Australia.



Diaz came up short in his bid to become a two-division titlist, though did at least enjoy a three-fight 2021 campaign.



He began the year by losing his IBF 130-pound belt at the scales after missing weight ahead of an eventual twelve-round draw with Shavkat Rakhimov last February in Indio, California. Diaz then moved up to lightweight on short notice, replacing Ryan Garcia in a clash with Javier Fortuna whom he outpointed last July 9 in Los Angeles.



The win over Fortuna set up a planned showdown with Garcia, who withdrew due to a hand/wrist injury which prompted Diaz to then pursue a shot at Haney’s WBC title fight. The active 2021 campaign came on the heels of a career-long 13-month gap between fights for Diaz, who now heads into another dangerous assignment following an unwelcomed lengthy inactivity stretch.



Zepeda emerged as a lightweight to watch following a fifth-round knockout of Roberto Ramirez, with the December 2020 clash in Hollywood marking his U.S. debut. It was followed by his best win to date, a mercy stoppage of then-unbeaten Hector Tanajara after six one-sided rounds last July 9 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.



The same show saw Diaz outpoint Fortuna in his lightweight debut



The wins over Ramirez and Tanajara served as part of a fifteen-fight knockout streak for Zepeda, a 26-year-old southpaw from San Mateo, Mexico. That run came to an end as he was forced to go the ten-round distance in a unanimous decision win over former 130-pound titlist Rene Alvarado this past May 14 in Ontario, California.



Zepeda represents arguably the stiffest test for any top lightweight, though facing by far his best opponent in Diaz. The initial fight announcement was well-received by the boxing community, with the most recent round of changes delivering the fight one week sooner than originally expected.
 

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Alexis Rocha vs. Jesus Perez Added To Diaz-Zepeda Card

BY RANDOM HITS
Published Wed Oct 05, 2022, 11:57 AM EDT
Welterweight Alexis “Lex” Rocha (20-1, 13 KOs) will return to the ring as the co-feature to Saturday, Oct. 29’s 12-round main event match between former IBF Super Featherweight World Champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. (32-2-1, 15 KOs) and undefeated lightweight division ace William “El Camarón” Zepeda (26-0, 23 KOs). Rocha will defend his NABO Welterweight title against hungry challenger from Tijuana, Mexico, Jesus “Ricky” Perez (24-3, 18 KOs) in a 10-round fight to be broadcast worldwide on DAZN and live from the Pechanga Arena San Diego.

“All I care about is stepping into the ring and knocking out my opponents. That is my mindset,” said Alexis Rocha. “As long as I keep knocking opponents out, knocking them down, making them quit, or breaking them down, my opportunities will come and eventually none of the top names will be able to ignore me. That is my mission and that is all I care about. I’m coming for every top fighter.”

“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Jesus Perez. “I know the odds are stacked against me, but I will be more than ready on Oct. 29! Let's hope my opponent is as well so we can give the fans a show.”

The DAZN broadcast will also feature a world title fight starring Chimba, Argentina’s IBF Female World Champion Leonela Yudica (17-0-3), who will defend her belt against Monterrey, Mexico’s Arely “Ametralladora” Mucino (31-3-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round scrap. Mucino has been on the prowl for another world title opportunity, and will be looking to impress yet again with famed trainer Joel Diaz in her corner.

Opening up the DAZN portion of the night, undefeated Hector Valdez, Jr. (15-0, 8 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will face Las Vegas, Nevada’s Max Ornelas (15-0-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight fight. Valdez, Jr. was last seen in April on the Garcia vs. Tagoe undercard securing a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Colula Moncada.

The main event for Golden Boy Fight Night: Diaz, Jr. vs. Zepeda Prelims on the Golden Boy Boxing YouTube will be San Diego’s Jorge “El Niño” Chávez (3-0, 3 KOs) who will participate in a six-round super featherweight fight against Houston, Texas's Adrian Leyva (3-3-2, 1 KO). Japhethlee Llamido of Long Beach will engage in an eight-round featherweight fight against Houston's Pablo Cruz ( 22-5-1, 6 KOs). Also on the prelim card, Jan “Nito” Salvatierra (8-2, 4 KOs) from Los Cabos, Mexico will face Robert Ledesma (3-8, 2 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas in a four-round flyweight fight.

Representing Waianae, Hawaii, Dalis Kaleiopu (3-0, 3 KOs) will engage in a four-round super featherweight match against Fort Myers, Florida’s Jeremiah Potts (2-0, 2 KOs). Opening up the Diaz, Jr. vs. Zepeda fight night and the Golden Boy Fight Night Prelims stream, also from Waianae, Asa “Ace” Stevens (2-0, 1 KO) will collide with San Diego’s Mychaquell Shields (pro-debut) in a four-round super bantamweight match.
 

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Joseph Diaz-William Zepeda, DAZN Weigh-In Results From San Diego

BY JAKE DONOVAN
Published Fri Oct 28, 2022, 04:24 PM EDT
Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz and William Zepeda have been respectful throughout fight week, even as each has vowed to kick the other’s ass on Saturday.

Their friendly rivalry extended through the obligatory staredown following Friday’s weigh-in, with Diaz immediately stepping to Zepeda who sported a grin during their brief encounter. Both came within the contracted weight limit of 138 pounds for their scheduled twelve-round bout, which takes place Saturday evening on DAZN from Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California.

Diaz (32-2-1, 15KOs)—a 2012 U.S. Olympian and former IBF junior lightweight titlist from South El Monte, California—was 137.5 pounds for his third straight fight at lightweight since officially moving up last summer. Zepeda (26-0, 23KOs) came in at a chiseled 137 pounds for his first U.S. televised main event, having developed a cult following as an entertaining figure on Golden Boy undercards.

Diaz has not fought since a competitive but clear points loss to Devin Haney in their WBC lightweight title fight last December 4 in Las Vegas. Haney has since fully unified the division following a pair of decision wins over George Kambosos, Jr., while Diaz hopes to position himself for a second lightweight title shot in 2023.

Diaz previously held the IBF junior lightweight title, which he lost at the scales ahead of a 12-round draw with Shavkat Rakhimov last February 13 in Indio, California. The development prompted a move up to lightweight where he outpointed Javier Fortuna last summer before the aforementioned defeat to Haney.

Zepeda previously enjoyed a fifteen-fight knockout streak before going the distance in his most recent outing. The 25-year-old southpaw from San Mateo Atenco, Mexico outpointed former secondary WBA junior lightweight titlist Rene Alvarado over ten rounds on May 14 in Ontario, California.

In the evening’s lone major title fight, Leonela Yudica defends IBF flyweight title against former three-time titlist Arely Mucino.

Argentina’s Yudica (18-0-3, 1KO) was 114.4 pounds for her tenth defense of the IBF title she has held since December 2014. Monterrey, Mexico’s Mucino (31-3-2, 11KOs) was pounds as she bids to win her fourth major title, all at flyweight. Mucino is the wife of former WBO junior flyweight titlist and current flyweight contender Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta.

DAZN Undercard, 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Alexis Rocha (20-1, 13KOs), Irvine, California, 146.4 pounds vs. Jesus ‘Ricky’ Perez (24-3, 18KOs), Tijuana,146.7 pounds—10 rounds, welterweight

Hector Valdez (15-0, 8KOs), Dallas, Texas, 121.4 pounds vs. Max Ornelas (15-0-1, 5KOs), Las Vegas, 120.6 pounds—junior featherweight

Preliminary undercard, Golden Boy YouTube, 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

Jorge Chavez (3-0, 3KOs), San Diego, 127.2 pounds vs. Adrian Leyva (3-3-2, KOs), Houston, Texas via Guantanamo, Cuba, 127.4 pounds—6 rounds, featherweight

Japhethlee Llamido (9-0, 3KOs), Norwalk, Connecticut 126.2 pounds vs. Pablo Cruz (22-5-1, 6KOs), Houston, Texas, 128 pounds—8 rounds, featherweight

Asa Stevens (2-0, KOs), Walanae, Hawaii,122.6 pounds vs. Mychaquell Shields (pro debut), El Cajon, California, 122.8 pounds—4 rounds, junior featherweight

Jan Salvatierra (8-2, KOs), Los Cabos, Mexico, 111.4 pounds vs. Robert Ledesma (3-8, KOs), San Antonio, Texas, 111.4 pounds—4 rounds, flyweight
 
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