|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Reach||70+1⁄2 in (179 cm)|
|Born||May 24, 1989|
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Wins by KO||26|
Jose Encarnacion Zepeda (born May 24, 1989) is an American professional boxer of Mexican descent who challenged for the WBO lightweight title in 2015 and the WBC light welterweight title in 2019. As of August 2020, he is ranked as the world's fifth best active light welterweight by BoxRec, seventh by The Ring and ninth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
Jose's amateur record was 15-1.
Jose began his professional career in 2009.
In December 2010 Jose began working with famed boxing trainer Robert Alcazar former trainer for World Champion Oscar De La Hoya.
In July 2013 he fought former title contender Ricardo Dominguez and won by TKO in the 3rd round.
On 11 July, 2015, Zepeda fought Terry Flanagan in Manchester, England, for the vacant WBO lightweight title. The fight started off entertaining, however, Zepeda was unfortunate enough to injure his shoulder while throwing a punch in the second round, The fight was stopped at the end of the round due to the injury awarding Flanagan the victory.
In February 2019, he unsuccessfully challenged WBC Super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez for his title, losing a Majority decision in a very competitive fight.
In his bout against Jose Pedraza, Zepeda started off fast and built up an early lead on the scorecards. Pedraza would show some signs of a comeback, starting in the fifth round. In the end, Zepeda was too much for his opponent, and was awarded a clear unanimous decision victory.
Professional boxing record
|38 fights||34 wins||2 losses|
|38||Win||34–2 (2)||Hank Lundy||UD||10||May 22, 2021||Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC Silver light welterweight title|
|37||Win||33–2 (2)||Ivan Baranchyk||KO||5 (10), 2:50||Oct 3, 2020||MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Silver light welterweight title|
|36||Win||32–2 (2)||Kendo Castaneda||UD||10||Jul 7, 2020||MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|35||Win||31–2 (2)||José Pedraza||UD||10||Sep 14, 2019||T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBC-USNBC light welterweight title|
|34||NC||30–2 (2)||Eleazar Valenzuela||NC||3 (10), 3:00||May 18, 2019||Deportivo del Sindicato del Metro, Mexico City, Mexico||Fight stopped after accidental head clash|
|33||Loss||30–2 (1)||José Ramírez||MD||12||Feb 10, 2019||Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S||For WBC light welterweight title|
|32||Win||30–1 (1)||Domicio Rondon||TKO||7 (10), 1:53||Oct 20, 2018||Gimnasio Municipal, Tecate, Mexico|
|31||Win||29–1 (1)||Carlos Diaz Ramirez||KO||5 (10), 2:40||Jun 16, 2018||Gimnasio de Mexicali, Mexicali, Mexico||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title|
|30||Win||28–1 (1)||Abner Lopez||TKO||6 (10), 1:43||Nov 4, 2017||Estadio Chevron, Tijuana, Mexico|
|29||Win||27–1 (1)||Miguel Zamudio||TKO||6 (10), 1:38||Jun 17, 2017||Palenque de Gallos, Comitán, Mexico||Won vacant WBO International light welterweight title|
|28||Win||26–1 (1)||Jesus Silveira||TD||5 (10), 3:00||Apr 1, 2017||Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico||Unanimous TD after fight stopped due to accidental head clash|
|27||Win||25–1 (1)||Pedro Navarrete||UD||10||Apr 16, 2016||Gimnasio Olímpico, Mexico City, Mexico|
|26||Win||24–1 (1)||Ammeth Diaz||TKO||1 (10), 1:49||Jan 23, 2016||Palenque Fex, Mexicali, Mexico|
|25||NC||23–1 (1)||José Alfaro||NC||1 (10), 3:00||Oct 31, 2015||Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico||Fight stopped after Zepeda cut from accidental head clash|
|24||Loss||23–1||Terry Flanagan||RTD||2 (12), 3:00||Jul 11, 2015||Velodrome, Manchester, England||For vacant WBO lightweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Armando Robles||KO||1 (10), 0:44||Apr 25, 2015||Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico|
|22||Win||22–0||Orlando Vazquez||KO||2 (8), 2:03||Jan 17, 2015||Oceanview Pavilion, Port Hueneme, California, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Victor Cayo||KO||1 (10), 1:27||Nov 8, 2014||Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Mexico|
|20||Win||20–0||Adrian Rodriguez Garza||KO||3 (8), 2:22||Aug 9, 2014||Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Robert Frankel||UD||8||Apr 26, 2014||Oceanview Pavilion, Port Hueneme, California, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Johnnie Edwards||TKO||2 (8), 2:10||Mar 1, 2014||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Emanuel Lopez||KO||3 (10), 2:59||Dec 21, 2013||Agua Caliente Racetrack, Tijuana, Mexico|
|16||Win||16–0||Luis Arceo||TKO||3 (6), 2:04||Oct 11, 2013||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Ricardo Domínguez||TKO||3 (8), 2:43||Jul 13, 2013||Forum Tecate, Tijuana, Mexico|
|14||Win||14–0||Rodolfo Quintanilla||TKO||5 (8), 1:52||Nov 24, 2012||Agua Caliente Racetrack, Tijuana, Mexico|
|13||Win||13–0||Jovany Javier Gomez||TKO||1 (8), 2:30||Oct 20, 2012||Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Mexico|
|12||Win||12–0||Cristian Favela||TKO||6 (8), 2:11||Sep 21, 2012||Centro Recreativo Juventud 2000, Mexicali, Mexico|
|11||Win||11–0||Roberto Hernandez||TKO||1 (8), 1:10||Sep 8, 2012||Hotel Hacienda Coral, San Felipe, Mexico|
|10||Win||10–0||Abraham Alvarez||TKO||6 (8), 1:57||Jun 2, 2012||El Foro, Tijuana, Mexico|
|9||Win||9–0||Sergio Joel De la Torre||TKO||2 (6), 1:34||Mar 16, 2012||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Luis Rey Campoa||KO||1 (6), 1:46||Dec 10, 2011||Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Mexico|
|7||Win||7–0||Arron Robinson||KO||1 (4), 2:25||Sep 23, 2011||Commerce Casino, Commerce, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Yakub Shidaev||UD||6||May 19, 2011||Lakeside Golf Course, Burbank, California, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Manuel Delcid||UD||4||Dec 18, 2010||Club 401, Ontario, California, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Alejandro Alonso||RTD||1 (4), 3:00||May 28, 2010||Centro de Espectáculos Promocasa, Mexicali, Mexico|
|3||Win||3–0||Manuel Ruiz||TKO||1 (4), 2:50||May 7, 2010||Salón Social Posada del Mar, San Felipe, Mexico|
|2||Win||2–0||Jesus Gonzalez||KO||1 (4), 1:53||Feb 12, 2010||Gimnasio de Mexicali, Mexicali, Mexico|
|1||Win||1–0||Ignacio Mondragon||KO||1 (4), 2:36||Dec 25, 2009||El Nido Sports Center, Mexicali, Mexico|
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- "Light welterweight ratings". The Ring. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- "RANKINGS | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". TBRB. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- "Flanagan Captures WBO Crown, Zepeda Injures Shoulder". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
- "Jose Ramirez survives stiff challenge from Jose Zepeda". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
- Christ, Scott (2019-09-14). "Jose Zepeda tops Jose Pedraza by decision on Fury-Wallin card". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2020-06-15.