Young undefeated boxer Jose “Chon” Zepeda is working very hard in the mountains of Big Bear to face the biggest challenge of his career on July 11 in Manchester, England.
Zepeda (23-0, 20 KOs) of La Puente, California, but a native of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico fights for the lightweight crown of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) that is currently vacant against the local Terry Flanagan (27- 0, 10 KOs), a southpaw fighter who is also undefeated. The clash will be broadcast on Azteca 7, the House of Boxing and BoxNation in the UK.
Preparation are almost closed off as Zepeda sets off to Manchester, England with all his team.
“This is a great opportunity for me. I will be contesting the world championship and it will be fought in England. It is a new experience for me, but it is just a matter of doing my job. I’m well prepared and motivated to fulfill my dream of being world champion,” said Zepeda, who has only fought in the US and Mexico during his career so far.
Zepeda is trained by Roberto Alcazar who was the first trainer of Oscar De La Hoya and also worked with the late Edwin Valero.
“I have five years working with Roberto and thanks to him I got here. Roberto has prepared me very well and I know we have a great strategy to win this fight,” said the fighter from the stable of Zanfer promotions.
Zepeda knows that this fight is not easy for the quality of his opponent, who will be fought at home.
“This will be my first title shot and I am excited and ready for this challenge. Flanagan is a great fighter with a good record and obviously is doing something right, but I’m also good, I have a good record and I think it will be a great fight.
“I’m ready to go 12 rounds, but if I can finish earlier the better,” added Zepeda, who said he was a pound and a half off 135 pounds
Zepeda has won his last four fights by knockout, all before the end of the third round, including impressive wins over Victor Cayo in one round and Armando Robles last April.