William Zepeda Claims an Eye-Opening Stoppage Win over Previously Unbeaten Hector Tanajara
William Zepeda is a fighter who doesn’t like to have his fights go to the scorecards. The hard-hitting 25-year-old from San Mateo Atenco, México, Mexico has stopped twenty of his previous twenty-two opponents. He is a patient fighter with solid boxing fundamentals. However, he loves to stalk his opponents looking to use his powerful southpaw left hand to put them in the dirt. The hard hitter from Mexico steps into the ring to face Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, who takes a different approach when applying his trade.
Tanajara takes his nickname from his idol, former minimumweight and light flyweight champion Ricardo “El Finito” Lopez. Cool and calculated, the 24-year-old from San Antonio, Texas uses his skills to outslick his opponents. Taking place in Los Angeles at the Banc of California stadium, this is a battle of a boxer versus the puncher.
BOXER V PUNCHER
As expected, Zepeda (23-0, 21 KOs) began the fight applying steady pressure. He was landing power shots early and often to both the head and body. Every punch he throws is with mean intentions. Tanajara (19-1, 5 KOs) tried to keep the fight on the outside. However, this was his first fight in eighteen months. As early as round three, he started to slow down.
That pressure and tempo that Zepeda established early set the tone and continued to be the pattern throughout. He was swarming the Texan like killer bees. Tanajara had neither the footwork, the skills, nor the power to keep him at bay. He was getting overwhelmed. At the end of round six, Tanajara’s trainer, Robert Garcia, had seen enough. Understanding his fighter was getting bombarded, he said no more.
This was an impressive performance for Zepeda. Ranked #13 by the WBO at 135, he made a serious statement and is officially on the radar. He is a lightweight to keep a serious eye on moving forward.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.