By Steve Kim Updated on September 18, 2023

The One Man Riot

William Zepeda doesn't so much defeat his opponents, but just beats them into submission. That was shown once again this past Saturday night inside at the Commerce Casino, where he overwhelmed veteran Mercito Gesta in six fast paced rounds.

Gesta, who is no stranger to facing world-class foes, did his best to try and keep up with the blistering pace set by 'Camaron', but early on you could see him taking deep breaths as he faced this oncoming onslaught.

At times he tried to box and move, at other points in time he tried to match his activity, but more often than not he was forced up along the ropes and forced to weather the storm which proved to be unrelenting.


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Finally in the sixth round Gesta's corner made the decision to call the contest off as he was being submerged in more leather.

William Zepeda vs. Mercito Gesta Fight Highlights - YouTube

When paired up with Zepeda, you don't so much fight him but more or less you try to fend him off. He comes at you in waves and does not stop. In fact, he seems to build up momentum as the rounds goes on. He isn't just snowball as he gets downhill but an avalanche. Gesta was the latest to succumb to this relentless attack. 

For Zepeda (29-0, 25 KOs) its another notch on his belt. He already has the likes of Hector Tanajara, Joseph Diaz, Rene Alvarado on his resume'. Currently, Ring Magazine has him ranked seventh in the lightweight division, which could soon see a host of belts freed up as Devin Haney could be moving up full time to 140.


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After his latest conquest, he made it clear that he's ready to go big game hunting at 135. 
“I am ready for the big fights out there – whether it be Devin Haney or even a Shakur Stevenson. Those are the guys who have the belts and that’s what I want next,”  said the 27 year old Zepeda.

It remains to be seen if his handlers -- like everyone else in the business -- would allow him within 50 feet of the stealth Stevenson. In a business that is now all about taking the path of least resistance, you wonder if they would even entertain the idea. Call me a cynic, but the way Golden Boy has handled Jaime Munguia in recent years has left me no other choice but to be that way. 

“There are incredible fights for me in my division, and I trust that Golden Boy will do what they can to get me to become a World Champion. I am ready to go home, rest and recover peacefully at home," said Zepeda.


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Ask yourself this question, take away Stevenson, and perhaps Gervonta Davis: who else would you favor over Zepeda, right now, in a 12-round lightweight contest? It says here that he pressure would be too much for everyone else in the division. But nobody would have an easy night against this all-action Mexican.

A couple of years ago I listed him among a select few who I considered 'must-see TV', he has since only enhanced that reputation. It's clear that Golden Boy should now move him out of tents and into some bigger venues.


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The One Man Riot
  • Hosted 'the Main Event' on KIEV 870, and then later XTRA AM1150 ( a three hour show devoted to boxing) from 1996 to 1999.
  • Joined one of the first boxing websites, 'House of Boxing' in 1999, and then later became one of the founders of Maxboxing, that started in 2001, till his departure in 2014.
  • From 2014 to 2018, he was the lead columnist for
  • Was a boxing reporter for from 2018 to 2020.
  • He has written for Ring Magazine, International Boxing Digest and Boxing News.
  • Is the co-host of 'the 3 Knockdown Rule' with Mario Lopez, which has become of the most popular boxing podcasts the past several years.
  • Steve has also served as an announcer and analyst for RingTV, Thompson Boxing, 360 Promotions and CBS Sports Network.