By Jake Tiernan: Unbeaten Richardson Hitchins has a troublesome struggle in opposition to Jose Zepeda this Saturday evening, September twenty third, of their headliner on DAZN.
Gentle welterweight contender Hitchins (16-0, 7 Kos), who promoter Eddie Hearn views as a future celebrity at 140, is dealing with one of many largest punchers within the division in Zepeda (37-3, 28 KOs) of their twelve spherical struggle on the Caribe Royale Orlando, Orlando, Florida.
The Hitchins vs. Zepeda occasion might be proven dwell on DAZN starting at 8:00 p.m. ET within the U.S.
Hitchins might want to have his protection on level on this struggle as a result of he took many enormous photographs from little-known John Bauza in his final bout. Fortunately for Hitchins, Bauza isn’t an enormous puncher like Zepeda and a number of the different 140-pounders within the division.
If he will get hit by Zepeda as usually as he was by Bauza, it’s going to be an early evening on Saturday.
Zepeda was lately knocked out by Regis Prograis final yr, so needs to be weak sufficient for Hitchins to win this struggle except he will get nailed repeatedly like he was in his struggle with Bauza.
Hopefully, Hitchins stands and fights to make it entertaining on Saturday as a result of he strikes too transfer, and it’s boring to look at at instances.
That is good match-making by Hearn as a result of he’s catching Zepeda on the proper time to place Hitchins in with him. If he made this struggle a number of years in the past, Hitchins could be in bother as a result of Zepeda was in high kind again in 2020.
For Hitchins to be a celebrity, he’s going to want to beat fighters like Gary Antuanne Russell, Subriel Matias, and Teofimo Lopez. That’s unlikely to occur, although, as he will get hit an excessive amount of, and he’s simply one of many many potshot fighters within the division.
Hitchins should change his combating type to be extra of a mixture puncher as a result of he’s not going to beat the highest guys with pot photographs.
“Richardson Hitchins may very well be one of many standout superstars at 140 kilos. He was a high beginner, and he’s undefeated. He has a very robust struggle in opposition to [Jose] Zepeda,” mentioned Eddie Hearn to Boxing Social about mild welterweight contender Richardson Hitchins, who takes on Jose Zepeda this Saturday evening on DAZN. “Ammo Williams in opposition to Steve Rolls. It’s an incredible struggle as effectively.”
Hearn failed to say what his plans are for Hitchins after Zepeda. It could be good to see Hitchins examined in opposition to a youthful fighter like Gary Antuanne Russell earlier than combating for a world title. If he can’t beat Russell, he certainly received’t maintain onto a belt if he can get his palms on one someway.
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