Ramirez vs. Zepeda For WBC 140-Pound Title Set For February
WBC junior welterweight world champion Jose Ramirez’s next fight is set.
Ramirez’s first fight of 2019 will have him return to his hometown of Fresno, California to take on former world title challenger Jose Zepeda. The fight will headline a special edition of Top Rank Boxing on ESPN at the Save Mart Center on February 10, 2019.
The unbeaten Ramirez has made only one title defense since winning it this past March at Madison Square Garden. Ramirez claimed the title previously held by Terence Crawford when he defeated Amir Imam. Ramirez was supposed to defend his title against Danny O’Connor but the fight was canceled the day before after O’Connor was hospitalized for severe dehydration due to weight cutting. Ramirez would go on to defend his title against Antonio Orozco in September, winning the fight by unanimous decision.
Zepeda previously challenged for a world title, losing to WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan in Manchester on 2015. Zepeda is currently the No. 3 junior welterweight in the WBO rankings and the No. 9 lightweight in the WBA rankings and currently riding a seven-fight win streak. Zepeda, the current WBA Intercontinental lightweight titleholder, currently sports a 30-1 record with 25 wins coming by knockout since making his pro debut back in 2009.