Richardson Hitchins vs Jose Zepeda tops a Matchroom/DAZN card on Saturday, Sept 23. According to Hitchins, he's seeking to dominate Jose Zepeda and send a message that he's someone who deserves wider attention and respect.
This division Hitchins works in, 140, is not heralded, so it's wide open for the taking.
Where To Watch Richardson Hitchins vs Jose Zepeda?
On Saturday night at Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida, Richardson Hitchins vs Jose Zepeda streams live worldwide on DAZN.
Hitchins (16-0 7 KOs) is rated #5 in the WBO and #7 in the IBF, and the WBC Silver, WBO NABO and IBF North American Super-Lightweight titles are on the line.
The Brooklyn product is probably in a step-up fight on DAZN.
He beat New Jersey’s John Bauza at Madison Square Garden's Theater his last time out.
The 25 year old was kind of an “oh yeah?” signing to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom.
But he can change perception on his signing, and a win over former forld title challenger Zepeda (37-3 28 KOs) would help. Yes, the way he wins is important, because if Richardson Hitchins wants the trappings, he needs to get folks buzzed to admire his work on the Richardson Hitchins vs. Jose Zepeda card.
“Winning is number one of course, but to get the big fights I have to win and dominate,” said Hitchins in a Matchroom release.
“I’m ready for the champions because when you look at the guys Prograis or Haney fight, those are guys that I am a nightmare for any of them,” he continued, discussing Richardson Hitchins vs. Jose Zepeda.
“I have size, reach, superb defense – I can damn near feel when a guy is about to punch. So, when you have a guy like that against a guy that doesn’t know how to defend themselves, it kind of makes it tricky for them, because I’ve been in there with guys that just stand in front of you and don’t have the ability.
Richardson Hitchins Insists He's Ready For Names Bigger Than Jose Zepeda
“You get in front of a guy like Shakur Stevenson, that turns boxing into a math problem, it’s different and that’s what you face with me. I can bring that puzzle that people can’t solve, it’s algebra in the ring,” said the fighter while talking about Richardson Hitchins vs. Jose Zepeda.
“Every fight at 140lbs is a good fight, this is a great fight. Jose is confident, he’s put people to sleep, out, first round KOs, had the fight of the year in 2020 with Baranchyk. And then there’s people now saying, ‘OK let’s see how Richardson handles Zepeda’. Then you have Teofimo, he says he’s from Brooklyn – I know he ain’t, but I am. He beat the man at 140 and I feel I’m the uncrowned king at 140 and that would be a great fight.
“Jose is supposed to say he wants to fight me. He’s 34 years old, he’s been campaigning for a long time, he has confidence, he was power, and he’s got the tools to make it a nightmare for me, so he should be taking an opportunity like this, why would he say no?
Richardson Hitchins Talks About Levels
“It’s just my job to show him that I am on a different level to him. He’s going to try to use his experience to try land his power, pressure me. Boxing is a sport where you must be smart, he’s a tough fighter but he’s not a durable one because he’s been down numerous times and I feel the mistake that they cannot make its me is overlooking my power, I’m a very sharp powerful fighter. My record may not show it, but if you pay attention, it shows I am punching.
“I’m a way smarter boxer than Jose, he’s one-dimensional and I just feel I’ll show levels. I must be smart and show him, yeah, this kid knows what he is on. I think when I am in there, he will see that. Boxing is all about timing, everything I do is about doing it at the right time.
“There’s a lot of things that can happen next. I want to fight again in 2023, I think that could be a guy that’s going to bring the best out of me, just like Zepeda will, and then we should be ready for the World champions, Devin, Regis and Teofimo. If I win this, I’ll climb the rankings again in the WBO, so I’ll be knocking at the door for Teo.”
On the Richardson Hitchins vs. Jose Zepeda Undercard
Jessica McCaskill (12-3 5 KOs) meets Sandy Ryan (6-1 2 KOs) in a unification battle for the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine Welterweight titles.
Also, Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams (14-0 10 KOs) meets Steve Rolls (22-2 12 KOs) in a fight for the IBF North American middleweight strap.
And, Will Orestes Velazquez (7-0 6 KOs) will defend his WBA International Super-Lightweight title to kick off the main card, versus Mohamed Soumaoro (13-1 6 KOs) on the Richardson Hitchins vs. Jose Zepeda undercard.
OKhalil Coe (6-0-1 4 KOs) in a light heavy bout fights Kenmon Evans (10-1-1 3 KOs). Junior middleweight Jeovanny Estella (12-0 3 KOs) and super fly Jasmine Artega (10-0-1 5 KOs) see action. Bantamweight Roberto Rivera Gomez (3-0 2 KOs) kicks off the Richardson Hitchins main event proceedings.