By Jeff Aranow: WBC light welterweight champion Jose Carlos Ramirez (23-0, 16 KOs) makes his second protection of his title against #4 positioned WBO Jose Zepeda (30-1, 25 KOs) on February 10 at the Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, USA. Ramirez versus Zepeda will be spilled on ESPN+.
The battle will give Ramirez, 26, another winnable title resistance before the World Boxing Super Series envelops with 2019, and the lions Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor will look take his WBC 140 lb belt from him.
This is to some degree an odd decision for the 2012 U.S Olympian Ramirez, as Zepeda isn’t appraised in the World Boxing Council’s main 15 as of now, in spite of the fact that that is required to change a long time before the two face each other on the tenth of February. Starting at now, Zepeda is no place to be found in the WBC’s main 15. He is evaluated #4 with the WBO as of now.
This will be the second time Zepeda has ventured facing a world class level rival amid his nine-year ace vocation. Zepeda battled British contender Terry Flanagan for the empty World Boxing Organization lightweight title in July 2015, yet he endured a disengaged left shoulder in the second round, and he retired from the battle after the round had finished. After the battle there was discussion of Flanagan guarding his WBO belt against Zepeda in a rematch, since their battle finished on damage. Be that as it may, that battle never happened sadly. It would been intriguing to perceive how well Zepeda would have done against Flanagan when solid.
“I feel honored to protect my title for the second time at home against an extraordinary rival,” Ramirez said to ESPN.com about his barrier against Zepeda.
Zepeda will come into the Ramirez battle with an eight match series of wins since his misfortune to Flanagan three years back in 2015. The southpaw Zepeda has looked great against the warriors that have been placed before him in his last battle battles, however he’s not confronted anybody with real ability like Ramirez. There’s nobody on Zepeda’s resume that you can point to and say that this individual rates him the title shot against Ramirez. This isn’t to imply that that Zepeda doesn’t get an opportunity to beat him. He could pull off a resentful to catch the WBC 140 lb title. It’s simply not liable to happen given his constrained restriction.
It’s difficult to state that Zepeda, 29, is an incredible adversary. He’s a decent contender, yet he’s not appeared at be an “incredible” warrior yet. He’s likewise 30, and his best successes of his profession have come against Victor Manuel Cayo (32-6, 23 KOs), Ammeth Diaz, Carlos Diaz Ramirez, and Armando Robles. Those aren’t incredible contenders. Cayo was a contender amid his greatest years, yet he was toward the finish of his vocation when Zepeda resigned him in 2014 with a first round knockout triumph. Zepeda hasn’t beaten any of the main 135 or 140 pound contenders amid his profession, and he’s nearly been an ace for a long time. By this point in a contender’s vocation, he ought to have accomplished more.
Ramirez caught the empty WBO light welterweight tie prior this year in outworking Amir Imam to vanquish him by a 12 round consistent choice last March. Ramirez guarded his WBC belt last September in beating Antonio Orozco by a 12 round choice. There was discussion of Ramirez in the long run confronting Alex Saucedo in the event that he had beaten Maurice Hooker in their battle for the empty WBO light welterweight title last November, things didn’t exercise well for Alex with him getting halted in the seventh. Hooker is an intriguing focus for Ramirez to pursue in a unification battle. Things will turn out to be progressively entangled when the WBSS 140 pound competition closures, and Ramirez should guard against the like of Prograis, Taylor or Ivan Baranchyk.