Golden Boy's Joseph Diaz Jr. and William Zepeda speak to the press ahead of their big fight next month.
On Thursday in Los Angeles, former WBO Super Middleweight World Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez held a discussion roundtable ahead of his big fight against Russian fighter Dmitry Bivol taking place later this fall.
However, Golden Boy's JoJo Diaz and El Camaron Zepeda also discussed their anticipation leading up to their October 29 fight taking place in San Diego's Pechanga Arena.
Diaz, a former IBF Super Featherweight title holder and one of L.A.'s favorite boxers, is looking to win over the San Diegan crowd as well.
The 29-year-old says he is aware how tough this fight will be, considering how young Zepeda is and how much of a knockout artist he is.
“I’m very excited because I know William Zepeda is a young, hungry fighter that is 26-0, with 23 knockouts and I know he is going to try bring it his all," Diaz Jr. said to the press. "This fight represents everything to my career right now. I’m coming off a defeat against Devin Haney. Unfortunately, the fight didn’t turn out the way I hoped. I’m ready to showcase everyone why I’m considered one of the best fighters in the world.
“I think William Zepeda is a one-dimensional fighter that is just going to apply a lot of pressure. If he thinks that I’m going to be the type of guy that is going to back away and shy away from any type of smoke, he got me [expletive] up. I’m going to be out there throwing as much and he is throwing. On October 29, he is going the be the live dog out there. I’m going to be the live dog. But I’m going to come out victorious.”
Zepeda, a rising star within the lightweight division, says that if he ends up winning this fight, he will finally get the recognition he feels he deserves.
“I am very excited and very content about being able to participate in a match where a great fighter fights another great fighter," Zepeda said. If I get the win against JoJo, this would be a great way for people to get to know me – a grand victory against a great rival who used to be a world champion. They are going to know that “El Camarón” is the best. JoJo is an aggressive and dangerous fighter with experience. But I will continue to prepare and train hard. This division is a very attractive and stacked one. We all know that we are all talented.”