Brooklyn-based pro boxer, Jonathan “El Conquistador” Cepeda joins Brooklynfights.com for an exclusive interview. Cepeda cites his tenacity, upbringing and faith as the key ingredients in his success in the ring. You have a standout pro record of 17-1, and are ranked 45 in the US, in the middleweight division. At age 30, you’re in your physical prime. What’s your plan
For the first sixteen years of his life, fighting was natural and necessary. It was a tough neighborhood going through a tough time during the 80s and 90s, and Jonathan’s family was right in the thick of it, where they’d been for fifty years. Summers spent with extended family in the Dominican Republic provided a brief respite from the violence of the ‘hood, but during the school year life was shaped by playground scuffles and self-defense on the streets.
When Jonathan moved from New Jersey to West Palm Beach, Florida, life improved. He finally got a real education at school and a more relaxed neighborhood to enjoy, but the fighting spirit never left him. He became a personal trainer at the age of 17, pushing himself and his clients to the limit and studying the keys to fitness, muscle growth, and movement. At 20, he turned to boxing and put all of his experience and learning to use.
Still, though he had a record of 11-0 and remained undefeated in his professional boxing matches, this car wreck and Cepeda’s injuries had him down for the count. It took close to a year of recovery, physical therapy, training, and more training to get him back in fighting form. By August of 2012 he was ready, and he beat Orphius Waite with a first-round TKO, echoing the win in Cepeda’s debut match in a professional arena. A second setback was just around the corner, though, and it would prove even more profound than his recently faded injuries. READ MORE
Details: Age: 30, Residence: New York, NY, Division: Middleweight, Professional Record: 17-1 (15 KOs), US Ranking: 45, Height: 5′ 9″, Weight: 160 lbs, Trainer: Pedro Saez, Management: Kran Sports Entertainment
Jonathan “El Conquistador” Cepeda (17-1, 15 KO) is a middleweight, currently fighting out of New York, NY. According to BoxingRec.com, he is currently the 44th ranked middleweight in the United States. Growing up on the mean streets of Jersey City and in 2011 being the victim of a brutal rear-end collision, these are just a few obstacles that Jonathan has
Middleweight Jonathan Cepeda 17(15) - 1(1) - 0 scored an impressive first round TKO over hard hitting middleweight Laatekwei Hammond 21(14) - 9(9) - 0 at The Mansion Club in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday 2/22. After viciously knocking down Hammond three times within the first 1:39 seconds, referee Brian Slutts stopped the fight which was scheduled for 10 rounds. Hammond