On Friday, July 9th, two unbeaten prospects Hector Tanajara Jr. (19-0, 5 KOs) and William Zepeda (22-0, 20 KOs) will battle to remain undefeated and take a big step up in the rankings for the lightweight division.
Both men are looking for the big win this weekend and feel that the other isn’t on their level. Which one will stay unbeaten?
The clash between Tanajara and Zepeda is one of, if not, the most anticipated and evenly-matched fights on the Golden Boy Promotions card. Tanajara will attempt to outbox and counter the more aggressive, powerful Zepeda in what would be the most important fight thus far in their young careers.
Tanajara (19-0, 5 knockouts) is not overlooking Zepeda but believes he is the more complete fighter and the sparring and training he receives at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, in Riverside, California, will be the difference.
“I’m approaching this fight as I would any other but I take every fight as important as the next,” Tanajara told The Ring over the phone Monday. “I took this training camp to the next level. I’m in the best shape of my life. The 24-year-old Tanajara, who was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, most recently fought on January 11 of last year, defeating former featherweight and junior lightweight title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos. Other notable victories on Tanajara’s ledger are Roger Gutierrez, Robert Manzanarez and Ezequiel Avila.
Tanajara has benefited from the amount of work he has received from trainer Robert Garcia, who trains a who’s who of titleholders, unbeaten fighters and contenders. One day, Tanajara could be sparring Vergil Ortiz Jr.; the next day, Tanajara will trade punches with Jose Ramirez. Tanajara believes he has become a more complete fighter because of the amount of sparring he has received against some of the top fighters in boxing today.
This fight is going to show the world what type of fighter I am. I can see me fighting for a world title in a couple of fights. A win over Zepeda will definitely open more days for me.
“I’m down to face anyone. Fighting [WBC beltholder Devin] Haney would be the most ideal because we both fight on DAZN. I’d like to fight Ryan Garcia as well. I know these fights will become a reality after I beat Zepeda and as long as I keep winning.
Tanajara has faced tougher competition than Zepeda thus far, beating the likes of Juan Carlos Burgos and WBA “regular” super-featherweight belt-holder Roger Gutierrez. But, a lack of punching power may even the playing field in what should be a competitive bout to kick off this event.