Joseph Diaz vs. William Zepeda free live stream, prelims, fight card updates
++Joseph Diaz vs William Zepeda Live++
++Joseph Diaz vs William Zepeda Live++
Joseph Diaz vs. William Zepeda goes down tonight from the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, AZ. The fight will see the influencer turned boxer take on his toughest challenge to date, in an opponent who is not only a former UFC middleweight champion, and all-round MMA legend, but someone who can actually box, too.
Silva, who was released from the UFC last year, has been enjoying life in the boxing ring. Most recently, he face-plant KO’d Tito Ortiz.
There are some intriguing prelims for this card, which airs on Showtime PPV and FITE.tv.
One of those is ex-UFC fighter Uriah Hall taking on former NFL running back Le’Veon Bell (who knocked out Adrian Peterson recently). Nate Diaz teammate Chris Avila will also be on the card, taking on a social media star known as ‘Doctor Mike’.
And you can watch the prelims for this event right here on Bloody Elbow. The stream above goes live at 7 PM ET.
Joseph Diaz will attempt to maintain his unblemished boxing record against UFC legend William Zepeda in the main event of the latest Showtime Boxing pay-per-view from the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
The 25-year-old Paul has gone from YouTube sensation to popular boxing draw with a string of victories over fellow YouTubers and former MMA stars. However, Silva is the most accomplished of them all.
The Spider will go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, and this isn't his first foray into boxing.
So the table is set for Paul to see his biggest test to date on a card that also features former All-Pro NFL running back Le'Veon Bell taking on former UFC fighter Uriah Hall. Here's a look at all the info you need to catch the fight and the latest odds.
When: Saturday, October 29
Where: Desert Diamond Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Start Time: Main card starts at 9 p.m. ET
Odds: Paul -260 (wager $260 to win $100); Silva +205 ($100 wager wins $205), via DraftKings Sportsbook
Live Stream: Showtime Boxing
It's a bit surprising that Paul will come in as a favorite. He has been impressive in the ring to this point, but no one he's fought has the resume of Silva. Both Askren and Tyron Woodley had their successes in MMA, but neither was a prolific striker.
Askren was known for his wrestling, while Woodley only developed his devastating one-punch power later in his career and was never the kind to actually box with his opponents.
The same can't be said for Silva. The Spider was adept at muay thai and kicks in his MMA prime, but he's always been interested in boxing and showed off some of those skills in the cage.
The 185-pound legend wanted a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr. as far back as 2008. But it never came to fruition with Silva's contractual obligations to the UFC. Silva won a boxing match in 2005 against Julio Cesar de Jesus.
Since then, Silva has had more opportunities to try his hand at the sweet science. He earned a split-decision win over Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. before knocking out fellow UFC alum Tito Ortiz.
In an interview with MMA Weekly, recorded in September but published this month, the legendary MMA fighter said that he was knocked out twice during his training camp and, as a result, he was required to take extra medical exams by The Arizona Boxing & MMA Commission before he could be cleared to compete in the bout, according to ESPN.
In a statement released this week, Silva clarified his comments and said he misspoke in the interview and wasn’t knocked out in the sparring session which he said took place in early September.
Silva completed a “pristine” MRI scan, the Commission chairman Scott Fletcher said, according to ESPN, adding that he was “completely comfortable” allowing Silva to fight.
Since entering the boxing world, Paul has won all five of his fights, with four knockouts, including victories against former MMA fighters Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren.Since entering the world of professional boxing, Joseph Diaz has drawn no shortage of attention. Now set for a showdown with UFC legend William Zepeda on Saturday night, Paul faces what should be the stiffest test of his young career (9 p.m. ET, Showtime PPV).
Silva is the first opponent Paul has faced who will enter the ring with a professional boxing record -- not counting Paul's rematch with Tyron Woodley. In fact, Silva holds a victory over former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, which showed how capable the former UFC middleweight champion is of using his unorthodox movement to fluster opponents inside the boxing ring.
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