Zepeda Stops Gesta In Six Rounds On Mexican Independence Day

William Zepeda stopped Mercito Gesta in the sixth round to retain his WBA Continental Americas Lightweight title on Mexican Independence Day.

Zepeda was on the front foot from the early part of the fight as he put Gesta on the backfoot. However, the latter did land a right hand at the end of the first to issue a warning to Zepeda.

However, it was more of the same in round two as the champion made a cut above Gesta’s right eye which began to bleed. The challenger backed off as Zepeda was breaking down his opponent. As the fight moved into round four, the referee (Jack Reiss) appeared concerned over the cut above the Filipino’s eye. The writing was on the wall and it showed in the sixth round as the referee stopped the fight after a flurry of punches went unanswered while Gesta was on the ropes. In a truly one-sided fight, Zepeda landed a remarkable 618 punches as he called out Devin Haney.

Post-Fight Comments

“I am ready for the big fights out there – whether it be Devin Haney or even a Shakur Stevenson. Those are the guys who have the belts and that’s what I want next. There are incredible fights for me in my division, and I trust that Golden Boy will do what they can to get me to become a World Champion. I am ready to go home, rest and recover peacefully at home,” Zepeda

Full Card

William Zepeda def. Mercito Gesta via sixth-round TKO

Victor Morales def. Edwin Palomares via a unanimous decision: 96-94, 99-91, 100-90

Yokasta Valle def. Maria Santizo via a unanimous decision: 99-91, 99-91, 100-90

Darius Fulghum def. Ricardo Luna via a second-round TKO

Eric Priest def. Simon Madsen via a majority decision: 76-76, 79-73, 80-72

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