Jose Encarnacion Zepeda did not waste no time on fight night having stopped Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas within 1:45 of the opening round at Hulu Theater [Madison Square Garden] on Saturday to retain his WBC Silver 140-pound title.

The southpaw [Zepeda] caught Vargas with a left hand that plastered him to the canvas face first. Vargas rose gingerly, but blood was in the water.

Zepeda then charged on Vargas to load more punches forcing referee David Fields to waved off the one-sided traffic.

“I was ready. I was 100 percent ready, and I told him in the press conference there’s levels to this. He was the one who wanted to fight me,” Zepeda said in a post fight interview.

“I just accepted the fight, and it showed today that boxing is not a game in there. There’s levels to this.

“I told him, and he probably knew I hit hard. I don’t think he recovered after that shot.”

The 32yr old American boxer of Mexican descent then declared his readiness for the WBC title:

Zepeda is now unbeaten in six fights since his controversial decision loss to Jose Ramirez. Josh Taylor now rules the 140-pounders as the undisputed champion, but Zepeda once again etched his name among the division’s top contenders.

“I’m 32 years old, and I’m in my prime,” Zepeda said. “I want the WBC world title and all the belts, to be honest. I’m ready for it. I showed today I’m ready for the WBC world title.”

By Baffour Akwaboah