William Zepeda vs Mercito Gesta may not have a strap attached to it, but this lightweight contest is a classic clash between a highly rated up-and-coming prospect and a seasoned veteran who has previously fought for world titles. Taking place in Los Angeles today, Mexican Independence Day, it represents the biggest occasion of the supremely talented Zepeda's fledgeling career and is a bout not to be missed. Coming live from The Commerce Casino & Hotel in Commerce, California, expect some strong local support from Long Beach-born Zepeda.
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• Date: Saturday (Sep. 16)
• Time: The main card is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT / 2 a.m. BST (Sep. 17) / 11 a.m. AEST (Sep. 17)
• Zepeda vs Gesta start time: Ringwalks are expected at around 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT / 4 a.m. BST (Sep. 17) / 1 p.m. AEST (Sep. 17)
• Global stream: DAZN
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William Zepeda has plenty of buzz surrounding him. The hard-hitting Mexican's two-round destruction of Jaime Arboleda in April suggests a world title shot has got to be around the corner soon against the likes of Gervonta Davis, Shakur Stevenson or Devin Haney.
"This is going to be a big year for the lightweight division, and I plan to play a major role," said the 27-year-old Zepeda. The unbeaten boxer has gunpowder in his fists, knocking out 24 of his 28 opponents, and fighting on Mexican Independence Day is further proof of the draw he already has in the sport.
Mercito Gesta has only ever lost to boxing's true elite. Two of the 35-year-old's three defeats came in his previous challenges for a world title, losing unanimous decisions to Jorge Linares and Miguel Vazquez.
The Filipino may be approaching the end of a fine career but, in beating the highly rated American JoJo Diaz in March, there's some grade to this fight. If he can box on the outside and use his experience to evade Zepeda's heavy shots, he may be able to frustrate his younger opponent.
Here's how to watch a William Zepeda vs Mercito Gesta live stream from anywhere, whether you are in the U.S. or traveling abroad.
Zepeda vs Gesta live streams
Streaming service DAZN has the global rights to show the William Zepeda vs Mercito Gesta fight in more than 200 countries around the world. Even better, the fascinating contest will come as part of your regular DAZN subscription – no annoying PPV fees here.
The price of DAZN varies from country to country, but the best value deal is always to pay for a full year's subscription up front if you know you'll get the most out of it.
The streaming service's boxing shows are available worldwide and in some countries, various sports such as soccer, NFL and UFC are included in your subscription. Check the DAZN details in your country for more information because there really are hundreds of different sports catered depending on where you live.
Keep reading below to make sure you know the subscription price in your country to watch Zepeda vs Gesta on DAZN.
Remember, if you're traveling abroad right now, you'll need a VPN to avoid your regular service being geo-blocked. While there are a few to pick from, our favorite right now is ExpressVPN.
How to watch Zepeda vs Gesta live streams from anywhere
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Zepeda vs Gesta live streams by country
How to watch the Zepeda vs Gesta live stream in the U.S.
American fight fans can watch William Zepeda vs Mercito Gesta on DAZN, just like everywhere else worldwide. A subscription to the U.S. streaming service will set you back $24.99 per month or $224.99 per year to watch all the action live and uninterrupted.
How to watch Zepeda vs Gesta live streams in the U.K.
For fight fans in the U.K., it's a similar situation, with DAZN the go-to place for the William Zepeda vs Mercito Gesta fight.
DAZN subscriptions cost as low as £9.99 per month if you got the annual commitment package, and £19.99 on the Flexible monthly pass.
Viewers in Ireland (yes, we know it's not part of the U.K., but it is pretty close) will have to pay €19.99 for a DAZN subscription.
As noted above, the main card starts at 2 a.m. BST on Sunday morning (Sep. 17), and you'll need to stay up late for the main event, which is expected to start at 4 a.m. BST.
How to watch Zepeda vs Gesta live streams in Canada
It's a similar picture for our friends to the north in Canada, where DAZN is priced at CA$29.99 per month for the Zepeda vs Gesta show.
How to watch Zepeda vs Gesta live streams in Australia
Let's not forget about the folk Down Under, too. William Zepeda vs Mercito Gesta is also available via DAZN in Australia and again you'll need a regular monthly subscription to catch all the action.
For Aussies a subscription costs AU$13.99 per month.
How to watch Zepeda vs Gesta live streams in New Zealand
Finally, it's time to investigate what the viewing options are for New Zealand boxing fans wanting to catch the William Zepeda vs Mercito Gesta fight. That's right, you guessed it, it's DAZN again.
For the Kiwis, it's NZ$14.99 a month.
William Zepeda vs Mercito Gesta tale of the tape
|Header Cell - Column 0
|Date of birth
|June 4th, 1996
|October 12th, 1987
|28-0 (24 KOs)
|34-3-3 (17 KOs)
Zepeda vs Gesta fight card
- William Zepeda vs. Mercito Gesta, 12 rounds, lightweights
- Victor Morales vs. Edwin Palomares, 10 rounds, featherweights
- Yokasta Valle vs. Maria Santizo, 10 rounds, for Valle’s IBF/WBO women’s strawweight title
- Darius Fulghum vs. Ricardo Luna, 8 rounds, light heavyweights
- Eric Priest vs. Simon Madsen, 8 rounds, middleweights
- Daniel Garcia vs. Erick Benitez, 4 rounds, junior lightweights
- Alejandro Reyes vs. Roberto Gomez, 6 rounds, junior welterweights
- Gael Cabrera vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior featherweights
- Jordan Cervantes vs. Darek Costilla, 4 rounds, lightweights
Zepeda vs Gesta odds
DraftKings Sportsbook's odds are in overwhelming favor of Zepeda (-1800) versus underdog Gesta (+800).
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