Tonight: Hitchins vs Zepeda – DAZN – Sept. 23 – 9 pm ET
World-rated Super-Lightweight Richardson Hitchins is set to battle it out with Jose Zepeda for the WBC Silver and IBF North American Super-Lightweight titles. Tonight, the Caribe Royale in Orlando will resonate with the roars of fans and thuds of gloves.
The Brooklyn-based prodigy, Hitchins, recently showcased his boxing talent at Madison Square Garden, flooring New Jersey’s John Bauza. With an unblemished record of 16-0 and 7 KOs, he’s currently ranked #6 with the WBO and #7 with the IBF in the 140lb rankings. Hitchins voiced his enthusiasm, stating, “I’m excited to finally be back in action and prove I’m the top dog of the 140lb division. After this performance, I’ll show I’m ready for anyone.”
What time is Hitchins vs. Zepeda tonight?
The Hitchins vs. Zepeda fight is scheduled for tonight, Saturday, September 23. Here are the key timings for the event:
- Start Time: The event will open up at 8 p.m. ET, which translates to 1 a.m. for viewers in the UK.
- Main Event Ringwalks: The main event is projected to begin around 10:45 p.m. ET or 3:45 a.m. UK time. However, this could vary based on the durations of the earlier fights in the lineup.
Wondering where to watch the Hitchins vs. Zepeda fight tonight? It’s available for streaming. The entire fight card will be broadcast LIVE on DAZN and is accessible in over 200 countries worldwide.
Jose Zepeda, with an impressive record of 36-3 and 27 KOs, stands tall as a formidable challenge for Hitchins. The Californian veteran, having previously taken swings at World titles in both 135 and 140lbs categories, is hungry to ascend the ranks and revive his World championship aspirations. “This is it for me, my last opportunity and a big one,” Zepeda remarked, acknowledging the gravity of the match.
The night is not solely about the super-lightweights. The welterweight division will also be graced by a scintillating duel. Jessica McCaskill, the reigning WBA and WBC champion, will face Sandy Ryan in a bout where three titles are on the line. McCaskill, familiar with the taste of victory, is setting her eyes on another win, while Ryan, the WBO belt holder, is eager to leave a mark on the boxing world.
“This fight is everything to me – the best vs. the best in the welterweight division,” declared Ryan. McCaskill shot back, “Glad to finally get back in the ring. See you soon, Sandy.”
Yet, there’s more action to anticipate. Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams will put his skills to the test against Steve Rolls, further elevating the already exhilarating lineup. Williams, after his triumphant bout in London, is inching closer to a World title shot, while Rolls, with a commendable record, is determined to prove his mettle.
Williams remarked on his growth, “Tremendous advancement has occurred in all areas of my life. September 23 will be a display of brilliance, dedication, and laser focus.” Rolls, confident and composed, responded, “He has never fought anyone as a pro with my experience, and that will play a big role in me winning this fight.”
Conor Benn Returns!
Conor Benn is set to step back into the ring this Saturday in Orlando, Florida – broadcast LIVE on DAZN.
It’s been over a year since Benn’s previous fight. The accomplished British fighter, with a record of (21-0, 14 KOs), will officially restart his journey as he prepares to fight Mexican Super-Welterweight Rodolfo ‘Sinaloita’ Orozco (32-3-3, 24 KOs) at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida, featuring as the co main event on Saturday, September 23.
Despite being just 24, Orozco brings ample experience to the table, having started his professional journey at a tender age of 16. With an imposing height of 6ft 1in, powerful Orozco boasts of 24 knockouts in his career and has been victorious in his last two fights with back-to-back stoppages, which includes a triumph in the fourth round in Mexico City in June against Eilan Treja Juarez.
However, against Benn, Orozco is taking an important step forward as Benn is eager to showcase a standout performance after a hiatus.
Back in April, Benn faced a temporary suspension, which began on March 15, causing his earlier scheduled fight with Chris Eubank Jr last October to be delayed.
But ‘The Destroyer’ was subsequently vindicated in July by UKAD and the WBC. His temporary ban was removed after a thorough review by the independent National Anti-Doping Panel.
Matchroom Sport’s chief Eddie Hearn remarked, “Conor Benn is back in action and I’m eager to watch him continue his journey. Although he’s geared up for a major fight, his coach Tony Sims is keen to reintroduce him against a respectable challenger like Rodolfo Orozco. Conor’s current form in training is astonishing, and I’m thrilled about his upcoming appearance in Florida.”
Conor Benn expressed, “I stand unbeaten, both inside the ring and in spirit. This Saturday marks my road to vindication. Post that, the 147-160 divisions should be wary. I am a man on a mission, and my goal is clear.”
Other Undercard Fights
The Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida is set to host an action-packed night of boxing on Saturday, September 23, with the fight card featuring some rising stars in Orestes Velazquez and Khalil Coe. The event will be broadcasted live worldwide on DAZN.
Orestes Velazquez (7-0, 6 KOs), a Cuban amateur standout with an impressive boxing background, will put his WBA International Super-Lightweight title on the line as he seeks to strengthen his #9 ranking within the WBA. Having over 160 fights for Cuba’s national team before making the move to Florida, the 30-year-old fighter will be looking to build on his momentum. He recently went the full distance for the first time in his last fight in Las Vegas in March against the experienced Marcelino Lopez.
His opponent, Mohamed Soumaoro (13-1, 6 KOs), will be aiming to upset Velazquez’s winning streak. The Canadian-Guinean is coming off significant victories in Florida and seeks to complete a hat-trick of triumphs. His determination to move into the top ten rankings is palpable, and he’s ready to hand Velazquez his first defeat.
Khalil Coe (6-0-1, 4 KOs), known as ‘Big Steppa’, continues his ascent in the Light-Heavyweight division. Aiming for his third KO victory of 2023, Coe is poised for success in Orlando. Having recently defeated Buneet Bisla in New York, the 27-year-old is set to meet Kenmon Evans (10-1-1, 3 KOs) on September 23. Evans will be looking to rebound with a victory.
The event will also feature some local talent as three Floridians get their chance to shine. Super-Welterweight Jeovanny Estella, Super-Flyweight Jasmine Artega, and Bantamweight Roberto Rivera Gomez will all step into the ring to make their mark, with matchups to be announced soon.
The Orlando event promises to be a memorable night with Richardson Hitchins taking on Jose Zepeda for the WBC Silver and IBF North American Super-Lightweight titles. Hitchins (16-0, 7 KOs) has been impressive, and a win could bring him closer to a World title shot. Zepeda (36-3, 27 KOs) presents a substantial hurdle and looks to elevate his own World championship aspirations.
In the Women’s division, a unification fight is on the horizon as Jessica McCaskill faces Sandy Ryan for three belts. McCaskill (12-3, 5 KOs), the WBA and WBC champion, aims to solidify her status, while WBO belt holder Ryan (6-1, 2 KOs) looks to elevate her collection to three belts in just her eighth pro fight.
The card in Orlando will also showcase Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams taking on Steve Rolls in a Middleweight contest. Williams (14-0, 10 KOs), standing on the verge of a World title shot, faces a test against Rolls (22-2, 12 KOs), who brings experience and ambition to the bout with titles on the line.
Hitchins vs. Zepeda undercard
- Richardson Hitchins 139.8 vs. Jose Zepeda 140
Conor Benn 153.6 vs. Rodolfo Orozco 154.4
Austin Williams 160 vs. Steve Rolls 159.2
Sandy Ryan 146.4 vs. Jessica McCaskill 146.4
Orestes Velazquez 140 vs. Mohamed Soumaoro 139.8
Khalil Coe 179.6 vs. Kenmon Evans 179.8
Jeovanny Estela 153.6 vs. Luis Caraballo 153.4
Jasmine Artiga 116 vs. Josefina Vega 114