Zepeda Stops Hughes, Calls Out Shakur Stevenson

William Zepeda made Maxi Hughes quit at the end of the fourth round in their WBA and IBF Title Eliminator clash.

Zepeda attempted to put the pressure on from the outset, but Hughes used his footwork to stay out of range. The Brit landed a left hand to Zepeda’s body in a competitive opener. The Mexican increased the tempo in the second, peppering Hughes to the body. Zepeda’s high output and uppercuts troubled Hughes, who was feeling the pace. The referee monitored Hughes quickly at the end of the third round, as the Brit’s left eye was noticeably swollen.

Zepeda followed up with more shots to the body as Hughes struggled to hang on. While Hughes made it to the end of the fourth round, the referee waved the fight off. The win took Zepeda’s record to 29-0. He is now in a mandatory position for the WBC, WBA and IBF Lightweight Titles. Zepeda had his eyes on Shakur Stevenson next. Bob Arum was behind the idea of Stevenson facing Zepeda.

“Let Oscar De La Hoya call me, and I’ll get that fight done for July. We have a date, July 6th, the Prudential Center is reserved. We certainly would consider him,” Arum said

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“That was what we worked on throughout this camp. It’s no secret, just an old-school approach. We target the body and work our way up to the head. We were very pleased with the results tonight. In a perfect world, I want Shakur next. I’m ready to answer that call. We’re going to sit down as a team and discuss what’s next for me. But I really feel out of all the champions out there, my style and Shakur’s match up the best. He needs an opponent and July is perfect timing for me to return,” Zepeda said

“So, do y’all want to see me fight a machine next? I do. I really felt the pain from those body shots in round three. We tried different things, tried to make ourselves smaller. I just couldn’t keep him off me. My corner knows me too well. They knew the punishment I was taking and decided to stop the fight. Lightweight is stacked. But he’s good enough to compete with any of them,” Hughes stated

Full Card

William Zepeda beat Maxi Hughes via a fourth-round TKO; Lightweight

Floyd Schofield beat Esteuri Suero via a DQ in round 5 (2:07); Lightweight

Eric Priest beat Jose Sanchez Charles via a UD (100-90, 99-91. 99-91); Middleweight

Tristan Kalkreuth beat Marquice Weston via second-round TKO; Cruiserweight

Joel Iriarte beat Levy Josue Garcia Benitez via a second-round TKO; Welterweight

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