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Richardson Hitchins To Face First True Test Against Jose Zepeda On September 23, Women’s Unification Fight Between McCaskill and Ryan Included

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Richardson Hitchins works out during the Adrien Broner vs Mikey Garcia Media Workout Day at Modell's Sporting Goods July 26, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

Matchroom-signee Richardson Hitchins and Zanfer fighter Jose Zepeda will be headlining a Matchroom/DAZN fight card in Orlando of the USA on September 23rd. The two fighters are one of the highest-rated contenders at 140 lbs and their match will be a significant battle to decide the likely next mandatory contender in the division.

Several titles will be on the line; Richardson Hitchins’ (16-0, 7 KO’s) WBC USA & IBF North American super lightweight titles are up for contention, and the vacant WBO NABO title will also be made available for both him and Jose Zepeda (37-3, 28 KO’s) to fight over. Though these titles are regarded as mid-tier titles, the winner being in possession of those titles puts them one step closer in getting a mandatory shot for either the WBC, WBO or IBF. A win will also see them improve their rankings for this potential shot.

Both American fighters have something to contend for. Jose Zepeda has challenged for a world title on three occasions and missed out on winning a single title when he lost all his three title matches. A win over Richardson Hitchins might be his last opportunity to become regarded as a legitimate contender.

Hitchins himself has never challenged for a world title but has already a win over Zepeda will also see him get closer to that opportunity. Both super lightweights are highly-ranked and though a win doesn’t guarantee a mandatory shot, in boxing, the winner will definitely be considered deserving of a shot given they will have beaten a worthy potential title challenger.

The Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Florida, has been the designated location for this bout on September 23. Further featured on the US-based card will be a world title unification clash between American WBA & WBC welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill (12-3, 5 KO’s) and British WBO champion Sandy Ryan (6-1, 2 KO’s).

Undefeated middleweight prospect Austin Williams (14-0, 10 KO’s) and rising super lightweight contender Orestes Velazquez (7-0, 6 KO’s) will also be looking to improve on their rankings on their card, and fight their own separate battles against well-rated opponents.