William Zepeda Vs Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz: An Intriguing Crossroads Fight

After a slow boxing weekend, the action will pick up again this weekend. The world’s best female fighter pound for pound Katie Taylor will be in action. Vasyl Lomachenko makes his return to the ring. Also, there is another Jake Paul fight as he faces MMA legend Anderson Silva. However, the best fight this Saturday will take place at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. Golden Boy Promotions will stage an intriguing crossroads fight in the lightweight division between Joseph Diaz and William Zepeda. Diaz is ranked number six by Ring Magazine while Zepeda is ranked number seven by Ring Magazine. The winner of this fight moves on to a possible title shot. The loser of the fight can have his career set back.


Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr (32-2-1, 15 KO’s) of South El Monte, California, is looking to remain a strong force in lightweight division. Diaz is no stranger to tough challenges as he has already faced some of the best fighters such as: Gary Russell Jr, Tevin Farmer, Jesus Rojas, Charles Huerta and Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov.

After competing in the featherweight and junior lightweight divisions, Diaz made his lightweight debut last year going 1-1. He defeated Javier Fortuna by unanimous decision in July of 2021 after being a replacement for Ryan Garcia. Garcia had pulled out of the Fortuna fight due to mental health issues.

After the win, Diaz faced off with Devin Haney for the WBC Lightweight Title. Diaz would lose the fight to Haney by unanimous decision but fought well and showed his toughness. The lost doesn’t look too bad considering that Haney is now the Undisputed Lightweight Champion. Now Diaz wants to make another
run at the lightweight championship but he needs to get past another tough fight first.


William “Camaron” Zepeda (26-0, 23 KO’s) of San Mateo Atenco, Mexico, is also at the verge of landing a title shot. Zepeda started his career in 2015 and most of his earlier fights were in Mexico. It was just last year that Zepeda signed with Golden Boy Promotions and since then, he has opened eyes. Zepeda has scored four straight wins under Golden Boy with three of those wins by stoppage. The wins were against solid opposition and Zepeda has now moved up the lightweight rankings. One thing that stands out on Zepeda is his aggression and punching power.

How will these fighters size up on Saturday?
As mentioned earlier, this is the most intriguing fight this weekend. It will be a battle of southpaws. Diaz will have the experience on his side as he has fought the better competition. Zepeda will have the youth on his side and he will be the fresher fighter. Expect a good fight, as Zepeda likes come forward and go for the knockout. Diaz also likes to come forward as well. It seems that Zepeda is the favorite going into the fight because of his knockout power and youth. Also, Zepeda is the bigger man as he is a natural lightweight. Diaz is the smaller fighter however Diaz has adjusted well as a lightweight. I see Zepeda winning a decision in an exciting fight. This fight will also show us how good Zepeda is and if he belongs among the best at lightweight. Diaz will put him to the test.


By Rich Lopez



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