Junior welterweight contender Jose Zepeda (32-2, 26 KO’s, 2 NC) will step into the ring for the primary time this 12 months, on Might 22, when he faces off towards Philadelphia’s Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (31-8-1, 14 KO’s).
This would be the first time that Zepeda has fought following his traditional give and take battle with Ivan Baranchyk in October of final 12 months in The Bubble on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Zepeda and Lundy will sq. off in a scheduled 10-round bout at Virgin Accommodations, Las Vegas.
The struggle will function the chief help to one of the vital anticipated fights in boxing in a very long time with the undisputed junior welterweight world championship within the highlight. The primary occasion will see Scotland’s unbeaten champion Josh Taylor tangling with California’s massively fashionable, and in addition undefeated champion, Jose Ramirez.
Zepeda comes into the struggle after a well-deserved, 7-month break. In his final struggle, which earned The Ring journal’s 2020, “Battle of the 12 months” honors, he obtained up off the deck 4 instances earlier than stopping Baranchyk within the fifth spherical of an impressive, forwards and backwards battle.
Zepeda comes into the struggle because the favored fighter, scorching off the heels of his traditional KO in his final bout. Nonetheless, in Lundy he’s taking a look at a vastly skilled fighter who has confronted excellent opposition in his 15 years within the ring. Lundy’s resume sees him having confronted world champions Richard Abril, John Molina Jr., David Diaz, Ray Beltran, Viktor Postol, DeMarcus Corley and P4P star Terence Crawford.
In Zepeda, we’ve got a fighter who actually revived his profession with the Baranchyk KO after 2 failed title makes an attempt. Zepeda was stopped by champion Terry Flanigan in 2015 in England and misplaced a detailed, MD to the evening’s foremost occasion headliner, Jose Ramirez, in 2019, in Fresno. Because the Ramirez loss in 2019, Zepeda has put collectively 3 straight wins, together with the Baranchyk KO and a call win over former world champion Jose Pedraza.
So, with a victory over the extremely revered Lundy, Zepeda is aware of he’s knocking on the door of his third world title shot.
In a current interview, Zepeda made it clear he would really like one other shot with Jose Ramirez, a struggle that was shut; some thought Zepeda gained.
“Our first struggle was an excellent struggle, a detailed struggle. Lots of people thought I gained that struggle and lots of people thought he gained the struggle. That (Ramirez rematch) is a struggle I’d like, and I believe individuals want to see it”, stated Zepeda.
On Might 22, if Zepeda and Ramirez can each emerge with victories, search for an all-Mexican showdown for Ramirez’s undisputed world titles – one thing Zepeda, and struggle followers, would welcome.