Jhack “El Capitan” Tepora, 25, is one of the undefeated boxers with more than 20 wins who are currently active. Hailing from Cebu City, Philippines, he will defend his interim World Boxing Association World Featherweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on January 19, 2019.
Challenging Tepora for the WBA World Featherweight title is Hugo “Cuatito Little Twin” Ruiz, 30, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Their bout is one of the five matches on the undercard of the WBA World Welterweight title bout between Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, of General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines and Adrien “The Problem” Broner, 29, of Cincinatti, Ohio, USA.
This will be the ninth title bout of Tepora. It is the first time he is defending his interim WBA World Featherweight title, which he captured on July 15, 2018 by knocking out Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega, 28, of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
The bout between Tepora and Ortega took place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the main event, Pacquiao dethroned then WBA World Welterweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse, 36, of Trelew, Chubut, Argentina.
Tepora was born in Cebu City on April 8, 1993. He has been competing professionally since 2012.
On May 3, 2014, Tepora competed for his first tile at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City. He won the World Boxing Federation Pacific Super Bantamweight title by knocking out his fellow Filipino boxer Joas Apericio, 29, of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.
In 2016, Tepora won two more titles in the Philippines namely the Philippines Super Bantamweight title, the World Boxing Organization Asia Pacific Youth Super Bantamweight title and the WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight title. In the same year, he successfully defended the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Bantamweight title in his hometown.
In 2017, Tepora retained the WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight title by knocking out Yon Armed, 32, of Bandung, Indonesia. In the same year, the Cebu City native won the WBO Inter-Continental Featherweight title, his first title bout won outside the Philippines, by knocking out Lusanda Komanisi, 29, of Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa at the Orient Theatre in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Currently, Tepora holds a professional boxing record of 22 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Ruiz has 38 wins and 4 losses.
Meanwhile, here is an interview with Tepora in Filipino: