De La Hoya Targeting “WBO Champion & Stevenson” For Zepeda

Stevenson vs Zepeda Being Eyed as a Lightweight Unification

Oscar De La Hoya eyes Denys Berinchyk and Shakur Stevenson as foes for William Zepeda
Oscar De La Hoya wants William Zepeda to face Denys Berinchyk before Shakur Stevenson (credit: Golden Boy/Tom Hogan, Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

De La Hoya Wants To Match Zepeda With Berinchyk & Stevenson

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya will look to set up a fight between his lightweight fighter, William “Camaron” Zepeda (31-0, 27KO) and WBO champion Denys Berinchyk (19-0, 9KO). Then, possibly later down the line, a fight with WBC champion Shakur “Fearless” Stevenson (22-0, 10KO).

On July 6, Camaron stepped into the ring against Giovanni Cabrera. With the opportunity to fight for a world title next, the Mexican went on a destructive body attack that ended the fight in the third round.


In the post-fight in-ring interview, Zepeda called for a fight with IBF champion Vasyl Lomachenko in Ukraine. He had the right location in mind but the wrong fighter, as De La Hoya admitted a battle with the WBO champion would be easier to make.

“He’s the number one contender in every organization. You have Shakur Stevenson. You have Lomachenko, who I believe is going to be fighting Tank Davis. So there is the WBO champion, which would be relatively easy to make . . . Hopefully, down the line rather sooner than later, go up against Shakur Stevenson.”

Stevenson is coming off a solid victory over Artem Harutyunyan in his last fight under the Top Rank Banner. After hearing Zepeda call out his name, Fearless expressed wanting to make that fight. Now a free agent, perhaps he will sign with Golden Boy for a shot at a high-profile unification.

De La Hoya is right to target the WBO champion first as he may be ripe for the picking. Berinchyk picked up the vacant title after defeating three-division champion Emanuel Navarrete on May 18. The Ukrainian is 36 years old and has never faced anyone with a high work-rate nor body attack like William Zepeda.

It’s an exciting time for the Team Zepeda, as a world title showdown is on the horizon.

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