Jose Zepeda, Elvis Rodriguez Set For Separate Bouts On Ramirez vs. Taylor ESPN Card

Top Rank’s May 22 card will be supported by a pair of junior welterweight fights to go along with the main event set to crown the division’s next undisputed champion.

Jose Zepeda (33-2, 26 KO) will take on Pedro Campa in the co-main event of the May 22 Top Rank on ESPN card in what will be Zepeda’s first fight since his universally-acclaimed showdown against Ivan Baranchyk last year. Also announced for the card is unbeaten prospect Elvis Rodriguez taking on twice-beaten fighter Kenneth Sims Jr.

Zepeda last fought in October when his encounter with Baranchyk resulted in eight total knockdowns scored in the bout, named by many the best of 2020. Zepeda ended up winning the fight when he knocked out Baranchyk in the fifth round of their 140-pound affair. The 31-year-old Zepeda is victorious in his last three fights after coming up close in a title bout against Jose Ramirez in 2019 and a fight against Eleazar Valenzuela ended in a no contest. Zepeda is ranked No. 1 by the WBC and No. 4 by the WBO.

“I’m ready to go,” Zepeda said. “After my Fight of the Year with Baranchyk, I’m better than ever. It’s only a matter of time before I become a world champion.”

Campa (32-1-1, 21 KO) is unbeaten in his last six fights dating back to 2018. This will be just his second fight in the United States as a pro with all of his other fights taking place in Mexico. Campa last fought in February when he defeated Carlos Cardenas by majority decision.

Rodriguez (11-0-1, 10 KO) has been one of boxing’s standout prospects and one of the busiest during the coronavirus pandemic. Since boxing’s return this past summer, Rodriguez has fought five times, all in Top Rank’s Bubble in Las Vegas. In his last fight, Rodriguez got an eight-round decision win against Luis Alberto Veron.

Sims (15-2-1, 5 KO) is riding a two-fight win streak after winning just one fight in his four previous contests. Sims’ two career losses were close decision losses to Rolando Chinea in 2017 and to Samuel Teah in 2018. His last win came against Jermaine Corley back in October 2020.

The event will be headlined by the Jose Ramirez vs. Josh Taylor fight, which will see the winner walk away with the undisputed junior welterweight title. The location and venue for the card will be announced soon.


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