Tijuana, Mexico’s Manuel “Baby” Zepeda knows he has a tall order in front of him when he takes on fellow undefeated super welterweight Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora this Friday night (June 21), but says he’s been waiting his whole life for this opportunity.

Zepeda (17-0, 4 KOs) and Fundora (12-0, 8 KOs) of Coachella, Calif., will meet in the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

In the co-feature, Michel Rivera (15-0, 10 KOs) from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic takes on Mexico’s Rene Tellez Giron (13-0, 7 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout, and to open the telecast, undefeated lightweight prospect Yeis Solano (14-0, 10 KOs) will face a former Argentine Lightweight Champion Elias Damian Araujo (19-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

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“Fundora is a big guy for the division,” said Zepeda of his 6’ 7” opponent. “I think he’s very talented, but I’m preparing myself 200% and I’m willing to give it all. I’m really happy because it’s my first opportunity to fight in the US and I have waiting my whole life for this. This is the most important fight of my life. I know it will open so many doors in the US.”

An intelligent boxer, especially skilled at fighting on the inside, 21-year-old Zepeda says he’s been working hard with long-time trainer Romulo Quirarte at the Crea Gym - Gym/Physical Fitness Center in Tijuana.

“I have been learning a lot in this camp. Fundora is a different guy than I’ve been fighting before. He’s a tall lefty, so I had to make a lot of changes to how I normally do things. I have been sparring with lefties and tall guys like (former world champions) Antonio Demarco and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. I really don’t know how the fight is going to end. I’m working hard, training for anything he brings. I’m sure I will win.”

Zepeda, the son of respected super lightweight veteran Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda, says Fundora won’t just be facing him on Friday night. The entire Zepeda family has helped him prepare for this potentially life-changing opportunity.

“I come from a boxing family. My dad was a boxer. My uncle too. My uncle was a national champion. My dad fought for a world title. I was born with gloves on, so I went to my dad’s fights and that’s why I have such a passion for boxing. My dad has taught me so many things. He advises me and has been teaching me my whole life. This win will be the biggest thing to ever happen to me.”

Friday’s event is promoted by Sampson Boxing in association with Paco Presents.

Barry Tompkins will call the action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.