William Zepeda picks up another stoppage against John Vincent Moralde
At the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, William “Camaron” Zepeda (24-0, 21ko) took on John Vincent Moralde (24-5, 13ko) in a ten-round lightweight contest. Zepeda has the look of a fighter with a lot of promise. In his last fight, he destroyed then-undefeated Hector Tanajara in six rounds. Up until that fight, Zepeda was viewed as an unknown commodity. But against Tanajara, he showed himself to be more than someone who padded his record in the Mexican boxing circuit. Zepeda showed he’s a multi-dimensional fighter, able to box as well as fight on the inside.
That win raised his stock as he’s now ranked #11 by the WBA and #12 by the WBO at 135 pounds. His promoters, Golden Boy, believe he can be a future force in the lightweight division. He faces a Moralde who is a tough and willing warrior but has often come up short whenever he’s stepped up the level of competition.
THE POWER WAS THE KEY
The fight started in typical Zepeda fashion with the young power-puncher coming forward and landing a hard jab. Moralde’s movement was giving Zepeda some issues. However, he adjusted and found a home for the right hook to the body. Moralde would land a counter left hook at times.
As the fight would continue, the aggression and power shots of Zepeda started to take effect. Moralde was slowing down and relegated to covering up with his hands high, trying to avoid the bombs that were coming his way.
Moralde, out of frustration, came forward with his head and received a warning from the referee. In round four, realizing his opponent was getting weak, the young prospect turned up the heat and landed bone-crushing hooks to the body.
Zepeda became like a shark that smelled blood. He pinned his opponent up against the ropes and continued the onslaught of hooks and uppercuts. Moralde, unwilling to endure any more punishment, turned his back. This immediately made the referee jump in to stop the fight.
Camaron turned in another impressive performance by stopping Moralde in the fourth round. Looking at the landscape of the lightweight division, team Zepeda may now look to fight someone inside the top 10.
By: Garrisson Bland