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Zepeda’s Path To Light-weight Gold: Why Shakur Stevenson Is The Solely Possibility

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya has been banging the drum for his fighter William Zepeda to get a world title shot in opposition to one of many light-weight world champions following his third-round knockout win over Giovanni Cabrera final Saturday night time.

De La Hoya hasn’t been as direct as he must be by pinpointing the champion at 135 that he needs for Zepeda, however he solely has one legitimate choice: Shakur Stevenson.

For Zepeda to get a world title shot, he wants one of many 4 sanctioning our bodies to order it, which none have achieved.

The Light-weight Panorama

  • Gervonta Davis: Busy preventing Lomachenko subsequent.
  • Vasily Lomachenko: Unavailable
  • Denys Berinchyk: Combating Mark Chamberlin subsequent, then Keyshawn Davis.
  • Shakur Stevenson: Free and most viable choice for Zepeda

Rated #1 by all 4 sanctioning our bodies at 135, Zepeda (31-0, 27 KOs) is essentially the most deserving of a world title shot in his subsequent struggle.

Shakur Stevenson: The Golden Ticket

Solely one of many world champions at 135 is at the moment free: WBC belt-holder Shakur Stevenson. That’s the golden ticket De La Hoya must push to get a world title shot for Zepeda.

Shakur (22-0, 10 KOs) shouldn’t be serious about preventing Zepeda, and that’s comprehensible on many ranges. Zepeda’s nonstop strain model and give attention to concentrating on the physique are unhealthy for Shakur, who focuses on making fighters miss with headshots however is susceptible to the physique.

Shakur needs profitable unification matches in opposition to WBA light-weight champion Tank Davis and IBF champion Lomachenko. These fights pays and enhance Shakur’s reputation within the sport, shifting him nearer to turning into a PPV attraction.

If the World Boxing Council orders Shakur to defend his WBC belt in opposition to Zepeda subsequent, he’ll be pressured to take that struggle, so long as he doesn’t have the choice to squirm out of his obligation by preventing a unification in opposition to one of many different belt-holders at 135.


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John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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