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Richardson Hitchins sees Jose Zepeda as steppingstone to world title shot

Richardson Hitchins

Junior welterweight prospect Richardson Hitchins 16-0 (7) believes he has all the tools to compete at the highest level.

The 25-year-old New Yorker will get the chance to prove it when he takes on former three-time world title challenger Jose ‘Chon’ Zepeda 37-3 (28) at Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida on Saturday night.

Hitchins has been primed for success after boxing on a number of high profile cards and having his fights broadcast to a global audience.

Californian southpaw Zepeda will present a whole new test for Hitchins. The 34-year-old veteran has mixed with a much higher level of opposition and has the ring savvy and experience to ask a lot of questions, even if he is a little past his prime.

Hitchins sees it as a breakout fight and will accept nothing less than a show-stopping performance.

“Winning is number one of course, but to get the big fights I have to win and dominate,” said Hitchins.

“I’m ready for the champions because when you look at the guys [WBC champion Regis] Prograis or [undisputed lightweight champion Devin ] Haney fight, those are guys that I am a nightmare for any of them.

“I have size, reach, superb defence – 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.

“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.

“Every fight at 140-pounds 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 [Ivan] 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?

“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 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.”