Jose Zepeda (proper) solely wanted a bit of greater than half a spherical to cease Josue Vargas. (Picture by Mikey Williams/High Rank Inc through Getty Photos)
Junior welterweight contender Jose Zepeda, who’s ranked No. 6 by The Ring, will return to motion, on March 25, in opposition to Neeraj Goyat, Golden Boy Promotions introduced Wednesday afternoon.
The ten-round bout will happen at Domo Alcalde, in Guadalajara, Mexico, and can stream stay on DAZN (8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT).
Zepeda (35-3, 27 knockouts), who resides within the Los Angeles suburb of La Puente, most just lately fought on November 26, dropping by knockout to Regis Prograis in Spherical 11. Each Prograis and Zepeda have been combating for the vacant WBC title.
The loss to Prograis snapped a string of 5 consecutive victories, along with his most up-to-date win going down in October 2021, when he stopped Josue Vargas within the opening spherical. The win over Vargas happened over a 12 months after his all-action combat in opposition to Ivan Baranchyk, one which noticed a complete of eight knockdowns between the 2 that Zepeda in the end gained.
The 33-year-old is promoted by Zanfer Boxing and had beforehand fought on High Rank playing cards.
Goyat (17-3-2, 7 KOs) will take a big step up in opposition when he squares off in opposition to the southpaw Zepeda. Goyat, who resides in Ghandigarh, India, most just lately fought on July 2, stopping Channarong Injampa within the second spherical.
The 31-year-old has gained his final eight bouts since dropping to Sergio Daniel Moreno, which paradoxically, was Goyat’s solely combat in Mexico up to now. Goyat has additionally fought in Canada, South Korea and Thailand.
Fringe junior middleweight contender Carlos Ocampo (34-2, 22 KOs), of Ensenada, Mexico, and unbeaten featherweight and Guadalajara resident Rafael Espinoza (19-0, 16 KOs) will combat in separate 10-round bouts. Ocampo misplaced by unanimous resolution in his most up-to-date bout, on October 8, to junior middleweight contender Sebastian Fundora.
Unbeaten tremendous middleweight prospect Aaron Silva (11-0, 8 KOs), of Monterrey, Mexico, who just lately signed a promotional take care of Golden Boy Promotions, will face Jaime Hernandez Lopez (10-8, 4 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
Within the opening bout of the DAZN stream, Miguel Torres Nunez (11-1, 6 KOs), of Guadalajara, will sq. off in opposition to Mexico Metropolis’s Kevin Montiel (6-2-2, 3 KOs) in an eight spherical junior light-weight bout.
Zepeda-Goyat will headline the primary Mexico version of the “Golden Boy Struggle Night time on DAZN” stream of this 12 months.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He may be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.