That's also where he scored his, presumably,
biggest victory to date, when he stopped
compatriot Vladimir Baez (26-6-2) in the fifth
round on December 19, 2020 at the Dominican
Fiesta Hotel & Casino to win the UBO title.
Baez was returning to his birth-country after
fighting mostly in Japan, where he has lived and
is married to a local woman, since 2014.
No question he was the A-side, but Zapata had
other ideas and overwhelmed the favorite early
in the fight, kept the pressure on and finished
the fight with a hard right hand in the fifth
Less than two months before facing Baez, Zapata
had proved his worth by taking Richard Solano
(22-2-2) to the wire before losing a split
All of his defeats have come against very good
opponents, and Zapata is a prime example of a
record not doing the boxer justice.
Still only twenty-nine, he has time to
capitalize on his current momentum if given the