E-Rod air guitar rockin’ out after one in every of his 5 KOs scored in 2020. Picture by Mikey Williams/High Rank
It is going to be an evening of junior welterweights on the High Rank card on Could 22.
Contender Jose Zepeda and unbeaten prospect Elvis Rodriguez will combat in separate bouts, the promotional firm introduced. Zepeda will face once-beaten Pedro Campa and Rodriguez will sq. off towards newbie standout Kenneth Sims, Jr.
Each fights will precede the principle occasion bout between Ring Journal champion Josh Taylor, who additionally owns the IBF and WBA world titles, and WBC/ WBO titleholder Jose Ramirez. All three fights will air dwell on ESPN (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).
No official phrase on the place the cardboard will happen, though the MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment and Michelob ULTRA Enviornment on the Mandalay Bay Resort and On line casino in Las Vegas are the frontrunners.
Zepeda (32-2 1 NC, 26 knockouts), who’s initially from La Puente, California and now resides in Mexicali, Mexico, overcame 4 knockdowns to knock former world titleholder Ivan Baranchyk out in spherical 5 of an all-out conflict. The combat was named ‘Battle of the Yr’ by The Ring.
The southpaw challenged Ramirez in February 2019, shedding by a detailed majority resolution. After preventing to a no-contest over three months later towards Eleazar Valenzuela, Zepeda has received his final three fights, together with the victory over Baranchyk.
The 31-year-old additionally fought for a world title in July 2015, going through then-WBO light-weight titleholder Terry Flanagan, shedding by knockout after spherical 2 after he retired on his stool after dislocating his left shoulder in the course of the earlier spherical.
Zepeda is assured a victory over Campa will put him in a possibility to combat for a world title belt.
“I’m able to go,” stated Zepeda, who’s co-promoted by High Rank and Zanfer Promotions. “After my Battle of the Yr with Baranchyk, I’m higher than ever. It’s solely a matter of time earlier than I grow to be a world champion.”
Campa (32-1-1, 21 KOs) defeated gatekeeper Carlos Cardenas by majority resolution in his final bout on February 6 in his hometown of Hermosillo, Mexico. Campa was penciled to face Adrien Broner on February 20, however he needed to withdraw from the combat after testing constructive for COVID-19 in early January.
The 29-year-old is unbeaten in his final six bouts since struggling his solely lack of his profession by the hands of journeyman Carlos Jimenez in October 2017.
Rodriguez (11-0-1, 10 KOs), who resides in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, went the space for the primary time in his professional profession in his final bout on February 20, defeating Argentina’s Luis Veron by unanimous resolution. The hard-hitting southpaw made a reputation for himself by notching knockout victories in his 4 earlier fights that occurred in High Rank’s ‘Bubble.’
The 25-year-old is aware of what a victory over Sims would imply early on in his profession.
“I’m pleased and grateful for this chance, and I’m going to take advantage of it,” stated Rodriguez, who’s managed by Benji Lieblien and educated by Freddie Roach. “It’s a nice step for my profession, and I wish to proceed to point out the boxing world that I’ve the expertise to attain nice issues.”
Sims (15-2-1, 5 KOs) has received his final two fights since his loss to Samuel Teah in November 2018. The Chicago, Illinois fighter misplaced by one level to Jose Ramirez on the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials and has sparred towards Manny Pacquiao and Jorge Linares. He does have newbie victories over Lamont Roach, Jr., O’Shaquie Foster, and Albert Bell.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He will be reached by e mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing