Tepora looking to make a splash in US debut
January 18, 2019
Anthony Saldana (91 articles)
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Tepora looking to make a splash in US debut

Jhack Tepora has knocked out his last six opponents and has won 12 of his last 13 fights that have not gone the distance. This Saturday in Las Vegas, Tepora (22-0, 17 KO’s) of the Philippines will make his United States debut when he takes on former two-time world champion Hugo Ruiz (37-4, 31 KOs) in the opening bout of the Pay-Per-view card headlined by his mentor Manny Pacquiao.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to be part of this big card and I am very grateful to Manny Pacquiao for making it possible,” said Tepora today in Las Vegas.

Tepora and Ruiz will be fighting for the Interim WBA Featherweight world champion in what figures to be a great action fight.

“I won world championships at 118 and 122 pounds and I look forward to becoming a champion at 126 pounds. I feel stronger at this weight and my experience will be a big factor in this fight,” said Ruiz from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Tepora is coming of a ninth round knockout win over Edivaldo Ortega on July 15, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“I prepared myself to go twelve hard rounds, but if the opportunity for a knockout presents itself, I will go for it,” said Tepora from Cebu City.

“I am very excited to be in the United States and I am looking forward to giving the fans a great fight and to show all of my talent on Saturday night,” added Tepora.

The  other two fights on the televised undercard this Saturday night from the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas are a 12 round WBC Bantamweight championship fight between Ran’shee Warren (16-2, 4 KOs) of Cincinnati, Ohio and Nordine Oubaali (14-0, 11 Kos) of France, they are both former Olympians who met as amateur with Oubaali wining the fight. And in the co-main event of the evening  Badou Jack (22-1-3, 13 Kos) a Las Vegas resident from Stockholm, Sweden will battle Marcus Browne (22-0, 16 Kos) of Staten Island, New York in a 12 round light heavyweight bout for the WBA Interim belt and the WBC Silver crown.

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