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Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Boxing |

Ramirez-Zepeda: Live coverage, 7 pm ET

Ramirez-Zepeda: Live coverage, 7 pm ET

Jose Ramirez takes on Jose Zepeda in tonight’s ESPN main event.

Tonight at 7 pm ET on ESPN, Top Rank is back with a doubleheader from Fresno, where local star Jose Ramirez will defend his WBC junior welterweight title against Jose Zepeda in the main event.

Ramirez (23-0, 16 KO) has emerged as one of the top fighters in a crowded and talented 140-pound class following the departure of Terence Crawford, and is looking to keep his momentum going in another home fight.

Zepeda (30-1, 25 KO) is probably best known for a 2015 lightweight title fight in Manchester against Terry Flanagan, where the road fighter suffered a freak shoulder injury and had to pull out in the second round. He’s since won seven straight fights pretty quietly, and is back in another title bout.

In the co-feature, former lightweight titleholder Ray Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KO) returns in a move up to 140 pounds, facing unbeaten Japanese fighter Hiroki Okada (19-0, 13 KO). Okada made his U.S. debut last September in Fresno, coming off the canvas in the final round to hang on for a win over Cristian Rafael Coria. Beltran is a step up from there on paper.

ESPN+ will begin streaming prelim action at 4 pm ET, featuring fights with Genesis Servania, Andy Vences, Saul Rodriguez, and more.