Zepeda's Trainer on The Fence Over Brandon Rios

By Salvador Rodriguez

Robert Alcazar, trainer of Jose Zepeda (19-0, 16KOs), says it would be "crazy" to accept a fight with former champion Brandon Rios on just three days notice. Zepeda's name has emerged as a frontrunner to replace Diego Chaves - if Chaves is unable to obtain a visa to face Rios this Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Chaves was given until Wednesday to get his visa or Top Rank is planning to go forward with another option.

Zepeda is scheduled to appear on the undercard, but he doesn't have any idea who the opponent is yet. Alcazar mentions how Manny Pacquiao "had three months to prepare" for Rios and his fighter, provided Chaves falls out, would have three days to get ready.

"We will fight [Rios] but with proper preparation. I think it's stupid to risk a young prospect with someone of that quality. I have no doubt that [Zepeda] wins the first six or seven rounds easy, but I will not risk my prospect in a twelve round fight when he's never [been in a twelve round fight]. Zepeda has never even gone ten before," Alcazar said.

The situation will play out, one way or the other, on Wednesday.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LAPete on 07-30-2014

You would think that with a fight scheduled so far in advance that they would have things in order? The whole Visa issue sounds suspicious.

Comment by Tyler_Durden on 07-30-2014

I'm glad Zepeda's trainer is smart enough not to allow his fighter to be used the way Top Rank was planning to. I really hope Chaves' Visa goes through so the fight can go on as planned.

Comment by LouIE G on 07-30-2014

i have a solution... why dont they put zepeda in with nokivich and jessie vargas in against rios! zepeda and vargas are trained by the same trainers so why not

Comment by LouIE G on 07-29-2014

[QUOTE=chibox123;14809424]"He wins the first 6 or 7 rounds easy" damn these mofos love disrespecting rios. Didnt Rios Beat urbano, acosta, Peterson And Alvarado Before. Show some respect[/QUOTE] alcazar could teach him how to run the way he did de la…

Comment by Chiboxing123 on 07-29-2014

"He wins the first 6 or 7 rounds easy" damn these mofos love disrespecting rios. Didnt Rios Beat urbano, acosta, Peterson And Alvarado Before. Show some respect

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