Jose Encarnacion Zepeda, born on May 24, 1989, is a talented American boxer of Mexican heritage who made significant strides in his professional career. He made his pro debut in 2009 and, in December 2010, teamed up with renowned boxing trainer Robert Alcazar, known for his work with the legendary Oscar De La Hoya.
In a pivotal match in July 2013, Zepeda faced former title contender Ricardo Dominguez, securing a convincing victory by TKO in the third round.
One of the defining moments in Zepeda’s career came on July 11, 2015, when he ventured to Manchester, England, to challenge Terry Flanagan for the vacant WBO lightweight title. The fight promised excitement but took an unfortunate turn as Zepeda injured his shoulder while throwing a punch in the second round. The match was halted at the end of the round due to his injury, resulting in Flanagan being declared the winner.
Fast forward to February 2019, Zepeda found himself in another championship bout, this time challenging WBC Super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez for the title. In a fiercely competitive contest, Zepeda narrowly missed out on victory, as Ramirez secured a Majority decision.
A significant highlight in Zepeda’s career was his bout against Jose Pedraza, where he started strong and built an early lead on the judges’ scorecards. While Pedraza mounted a comeback starting in the fifth round, Zepeda ultimately proved too formidable for his opponent, earning a clear unanimous decision victory.
Throughout his career, Zepeda has showcased his resilience and determination in the boxing ring, making him a notable figure in the sport.