LAS VEGAS (April 1, 2021) — Probably the most anticipated struggle of the primary half of 2021 now has some highly effective backup.
Jose “Chon” Zepeda will battle Mexican veteran Pedro Campa in a 10-round junior welterweight battle Saturday, Might 22, which is able to function the co-feature to the undisputed junior welterweight world title bout between WBC/WBO champion Jose Ramirez and IBF/WBA champion Josh Taylor.
And, in a junior welterweight particular attraction scheduled for eight rounds, prime prospect Elvis “The Dominican Child” Rodriguez will take a seismic step up towards Chicago native and one-time U.S. beginner standout Kenneth “Bossman” Sims Jr.
This junior welterweight tripleheader will air stay on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. Location, venue and ticket data might be introduced shortly.
“The present and future stars of the junior welterweight division might be on show Might 22,” stated Prime Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Jose Zepeda is likely one of the highest 140-pounders on this planet, and he’ll have an opportunity to cement his standing towards a rugged Mexican in Pedro Campa. Elvis Rodriguez is a future world champion. Kenneth Sims Jr. is not any pushover, however we imagine that is the best subsequent step as he continues his improvement.”
Zepeda (33-2, 26 KOs) is coming off final October’s fifth-round knockout over former world champion Ivan Baranchyk, the consensus 2020 Battle of the 12 months that featured eight complete knockdowns culminating within the one-hitter quitter that ended the bout. A two-time world title challenger who pushed Jose Ramirez to a majority choice of their 2019 showdown, Zepeda is unbeaten in 4 fights because the Ramirez defeat, together with a one-sided choice over two-weight world champion Jose Pedraza. Campa (32-1-1, 21 KOs), from Guaymas, Mexico, is 5-0-1 because the lone defeat of his profession and most lately toppled veteran Carlos Cardenas by majority choice.
“I’m able to go,” Zepeda stated. After my Battle of the 12 months with Baranchyk, I’m higher than ever. It’s solely a matter of time earlier than I change into a world champion.”
The Freddie Roach-trained Rodriguez (11-0-1, 10 KOs), one among boxing’s elite younger abilities, went 5-0 contained in the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble, together with 4 stoppages in three rounds or much less. He went the space for the primary time in his profession Feb. 20, topping Argentinian veteran Luis Alberto Veron by eight-round unanimous choice. Sims (15-2-1, 5 KOs), who misplaced to Jose Ramirez by one level on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, has sparred with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Jorge Linares within the paid ranks. His defeats have come by way of shut choices to Rolando Chinea and Samuel Teah, however he has received two straight because the 2018 unanimous choice verdict to Teah. In opposition to Rodriguez, he has the chance to flash the beginner pedigree that noticed him defeat the likes of present contenders Lamont Roach Jr., O’Shaquie Foster and Albert Bell.
Rodriguez stated, “I’m blissful and grateful for this chance, and I’m going to profit from it. It’s a nice step for my profession, and I need to proceed to indicate the boxing world that I’ve the expertise to attain nice issues.”
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