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William Zepeda v Maxi Hughes: All you need to know ahead of lightweight world title eliminator

William Zepeda will face Maxi Hughes in an IBF and WBA lightweight title eliminator on Saturday 16th March in Las Vegas.

Undefeated Mexican Zepeda (29-0) will face his first English opponent in the form of ex-IBO world champion Maxi Hughes (26-6-2) in what is set to be a barnburner of a fight with a world title shot on the line.

29-year-old southpaw Zepeda is a very highly regarded operator in the 135lbs division, but will face a tough test against Hughes, also a southpaw, with the Englishman having only narrowly lost to former unified world champion George Kambosos Jr in his last fight in July 2023.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of his lightweight showdown...
 

William Zepeda v Maxi Hughes - Date

William Zepeda will take on Maxi Hughes on Saturday 16th March 2024.

William Zepeda v Maxi Hughes - Time

With this fight between William Zepeda and Maxi Hughes taking place in Las Vegas, the ring walks are expected to take place at 3:30am GMT.

William Zepeda v Maxi Hughes - Odds

Mexican William Zepeda is the clear favourite to win this fight at odds of 1/7, with Englishman Maxi Hughes the 9/2 underdog.

William Zepeda v Maxi Hughes - Venue

This world title eliminator bout between William Zepeda and Maxi Hughes will take place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

William Zepeda v Maxi Hughes - TV details & how to watch

William Zepeda v Maxi Hughes will be available to watch live on DAZN in the United Kingdom.

William Zepeda v Maxi Hughes - Which belts are on the line?

No belts are on the line in this fight, but it is an eliminator contest for the vacant IBF and WBA lightweight titles.

William Zepeda's record

29-0 (25 KOs)

William Zepeda has a professional boxing record of 29-0.

Turning professional in November 2015, William Zepeda won his first professional title in October 2017 when defeating compatriot Juan Pablo Borbon via third-round corner retirement to claim the vacant WBF Mexican lightweight title in his 12th pro bout.

Zepeda went on to win the vacant WBA Continental Americas lightweight title in July 2021, overcoming undefeated American prospect Hector Tanajara Jr at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

The 27-year-old has since successfully defended this title on three occasions - beating John Vincent Moralde, Rene Alvarado and Mercito Gesta.
 

Maxi Hughes' record

26-6-2 (5 KOs)

Maxi Hughes has a professional boxing record of 26-6-2.

Making his professional debut against fellow English fighter Johnny Greaves in September 2010, Hughes would challenge for his first professional title in his 10th bout in April 2013, but was beaten on points by Scott Cardle with the vacant Central Area lightweight title on the line.

Hughes bounced back to win his first pro title in his 15th fight, defeating Kakha Avetisiani on points to secure the vacant International Masters super-featherweight title.

After a series of crushing defeats in title fights - losing to Martin Joseph Ward (twice), Sam Bowen and Liam Walsh, Hughes bounced back to claim the vacant British lightweight title against Paul Hyland Jr and IBO lightweight title against Jovanni Straffon in 2021.

Hughes successfully defended his IBO strap against fellow Brits Ryan Walsh and Kid Galahad in 2022, before relinquishing his belt following a contentious points defeat to former unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr in his last fight in July 2023.
 

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