As BoxingScene.com previously reported, world rated super lightweight Richardson Hitchins takes on Jose Zepeda for the WBC Silver and IBF North American super lightweight titles at the Caribe Royale in Orlando on Saturday September 23.
Hitchins (16-0 7 KOs) shone in his last outing in his home city, putting New Jersey’s John Bauza on the canvas during a shut-out win at Madison Square Garden, and the Brooklyn ace now lurks with intent at #6 with the WBO and #7 with the IBF in the 140lb rankings.
Hitchins had been previously set for a grudge match with Montana Love on July 15, but Love withdrew with an undisclosed injury. There were hopes to have the fight rescheduled, but Hitchins indicates that he was forced to move on.
“I’m excited to finally be back in action and prove I’m the top dog of the 140lb division,” said Hitchins. “I promise to put on a master class performance on Zepada. This was the guy they were calling one of the top guys in the division, so after this performance this will show I’m ready for anyone.
“We tried waiting for Montana Love, but he found his way out of the fight like I expected his bitch ass would, so it’s on to bigger and better!”
Zepeda (36-3 27 KOs) represents a significant barrier to Hitchins’ plans to move into world title contention though, and the Californian, who has challenged for world titles at both 135 and 140lbs, will be eyeing Hitchins’ lofty standings to reignite his own world championship plans.
“This is it for me, my last opportunity and a big one,” said Zepeda. “I need to win to stay on track and soon fight for another World title, it's now or never. I want to thank Matchroom very much for this opportunity, my brother Renee and my manager Rick Mirigian for getting this multi-fight deal worked out. I'll be ready come fight night.”