William Zepeda helped ring in boxing’s most recent sequence with a bang.
The unbeaten light-weight from San Mateo Atenco, Mexico remained excellent in the pro ranks following a fifth round stoppage of countryman Roberto Ramirez. The bout served because the televised opener of NBC activities network’s Ring metropolis collection which debuted Thursday night from Wild Card Boxing membership in Hollywood.
There weren’t any knockdowns in the bout, however Zepeda’s relentless pressure left Ramirez unable to look after himself, forcing referee Ray Corona to intervene at 2:forty three of round 5.
Zepeda dictated the tempo, capturing his straight left palms at his taller target. Ramirez did his choicest work early in the fight, scoring with correct palms to the body and managing to counter his relentless opponent.
The tide turned for decent in round three, with Zepeda landing left arms upstairs and also concentrated on Ramirez’s midsection. The drastic momentum shift proved regarding to Ramirez’s corner, urging their cost to tighten up his protection as to steer clear of taking unnecessary punishment.
Zepeda jumbled in an uppercut in circular 4, catching Ramirez on the inside. Ramirez sought to set up distance between the two and placing his height and attain expertise to make use of. It didn’t fairly take as Zepeda readily cut off the ring, digging in with difficult left palms and often cornering Ramirez whose punch output dramatically lowered in round five.
It came on the very incorrect time for the 27-yr historical Tijuana native, who was not able to keep Zepeda at bay. His brief destroy in punishment came in the type of his mouthpiece getting dislodged. Time turned into referred to as to reinsert it, handiest for Zepeda to dial up his assault. Ramirez (23-three-1, 16KOs) lost his mouthpiece again, only for a lull to by no means are available order to cease motion.
as a substitute, Zepeda intensified his offensive output, landing left hands and right hooks except Ramirez’s nook entreated the referee to intervene.
Zepeda improves to 22-0 (20KOs) with the win, coming in his U.S. debut. Ramirez snaps an eleven-combat unbeaten streak in suffering his first loss when you consider that a 2nd round knockout to present welterweight contender Abel Ramos in June 2015.
The bout served as the chief help to a junior lightweight crossroads clash between O’Shaquie Foster (17-2, 12KOs) and Miguel Román (sixty two-13, 47KOs).
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox