By Steve Kim
For the past few weeks renowned trainer Freddie Roach has been working with world-ranked Jose 'Chon' Zepeda at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywod, California.
Zepeda, who has a record of 29-1 (24 KO's), is rated number eight by the WBA at lightweight and fourth by the WBO at junior lightweight.
"Really nice kid, he works hard, he's a converted southpaw, he likes to work from both sides a little bit. A very good puncher. At first I was worried about his punches because on the mitts he was just kind of going halfway and so forth. But after working the mitts with him today, he hits really hard with both hands," said Roach on Friday morning.
In the summer of 2015, Zepeda faced Terry Flanagan for the vacant WBO 135-pound title and suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the second round and suffered a second round TKO because of his injury.
Roach lauds Zepeda's work ethic, "he shows up everyday, he comes early at 9 o'clock and we have a good program."
The 29-year old could be placed on the Matchroom/DAZN card in Chicago that takes place on October 6th.
Following the loss to Flanagan, Zepeda has been undefeated in seven fights. His last four fights have been won inside the distance.
In June of this year, Zepeda survived a fire fight with undefeated Carlos Diaz before a loud crowd in Mexicali. In battle of power shots, Zepeda was down in the fourth and in serious trouble, but rallied back and knocked out Diaz in the fifth.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com