The second of two quality fights tonight on ESPN, WBC Junior-Welterweight Champion Jose Carlos Ramirez (24-0-0, 16KO) found himself in a tough, challenging entertaining fight with Jose ‘Chon’ Zepeda (30-2-0, 25KO), where Ramirez found himself down early and getting beat to the punch, however Ramirez pushed forward down the stretch and closed the show the way Champions do to win this fight by what was ruled a majority decision.
Zepeda decided to fight this fight on the outside from his southpaw stance, utilizing side to side footwork to get his off. Ramirez sat back for a couple rounds, collecting data before he fully committed to making adjustments in altering his method of attack.
After having trouble dealing with Zepeda’s movement in the first few rounds, a well placed left hook authored up by Ramirez in the 4th round finally found the elusive target and stunned Zepeda for a bit. There were plenty of accidental headbutts, which is accustomed to happen between a righty and a lefty, but Zepeda also had the propensity of leading in with his head without malicious intent as reasoning for the head clashes. Zepeda landed some pretty solid left hands in the 6th round to punctuate the round. In the 7th, Ramirez started to slightly close the gap between them, and landed at a higher clip, also seemingly making Zepeda uncomfortable for the first time in the fight. Zepeda ate a big right hand that Ramirez sold out on in the 8th round that had the challenger in some turmoil, but Zepeda endured and fought with him down the stretch of the round. By this point in the fight, Ramirez got Zepeda’s timing down, and operated behind a disciplined attack, landing crisp power punchers in variety to the chest, then to the head, taking control of the middle of the fight. Ramirez was authoritative down the stretch, reminding viewers of who the Champion was, and despite Zepeda still being game down the stretch, he was no longer getting the better of the exchanges. A solid fight, as Ramirez defended his WBC title for the second time, and Zepeda impressed, despite falling short of victory on the cards. 🥊🥊
OFFICIAL JUDGES SCORECARDS
Rey Danseco = 114 – 114 for the DRAW
Chris Tellez = 115 – 113 for JOSE CARLOS RAMIREZ
Glenn Trowbridge = 116 – 112 for JOSE CARLOS RAMIREZ
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARDS
Tré Berry = 115 – 113 for JOSE CARLOS RAMIREZ
Jon Uddin = 116 – 112 for JOSE CARLOS RAMIREZ