One Step Away, Jose Ramirez Takes Aim at the WBC Super Lightweight Title
November 9, 2017
Anthony Saldana (19 articles)
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One Step Away, Jose Ramirez Takes Aim at the WBC Super Lightweight Title

By Anthony  “Stacks” Saldaña

Like many children of immigrant farm workers who are from the central valley of California, Jose Ramirez grew up working in the fields. Back breaking work harvesting fruits and vegetables from the crack of dawn until dusk. Jose who began boxing at the age of 8 grew up in Avenal, California a small farming community about an hour outside of Fresno. Jose would split his time between working the fields and picking bell peppers, to training to one day become a world champion. As an amateur Ramirez would compete in the U.S. Nationals, the Junior Olympics and eventually the Olympic Games in London in 2012. Ramirez who turned pro four months after the Olympics began his pro career by winning his first 20 bouts, 15 of those coming by knockout before signing with Top Rank.

Now this Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California in a bout headlined “Fight for Water” benefiting the Latino Water Coalition the undefeated Ramirez (20-0, 15 KO’s) is in the biggest fight of his career as this as he takes on Mike “Yes in Deed” Reed (23-0, 12 KO’s) in a WBC Super Lightweight Title Eliminator. Ramirez, who trains with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood looks to come away victorious with a chance to capture the title unified champion Terence Crawford recently vacated.“Ever since I started boxing at age eight, I never said “no” to a fight.,” said Ramirez. “I’m excited to fight another undefeated fighter like Mike Reed. I hope he brings the best out of me, because when he does he will quickly realize he is in for a fight. I have a lot of faith in my skills and I have been training extremely hard for this fight. I’m extremely focused and really want to make a statement. I will be more than ready on November 11th. I’m honored to be able to showcase my talent on a big stage like ESPN. God willing, November 11th will be a great night of boxing for the fans in attendance and the fans watching the fight at home.” Mike Reed on the other hand has plans of his own. In a recent interview Reed stated “Jose has no offense, he’s a B-plus, defense he’s like a D. And that’s no knock to him, no knock to him, at all. I think he’s an average Freddie Roach-trained fighter. He has Freddie Roach in his corner and like I said, it’s no knock” Stated Reed.“When I look at him, I see an incomplete fighter, offensively, he’s very good, but he has no defense. With that being said, you have to have defense to fight me. My offense and defense is pretty good. I’m a well-rounded fighter and a complete fighter. With me being short, I can go inside. I’m a complete fighter.”

In the co-main event, knockout artist Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KO’s) of Russia but now residing in Montreal Quebec Canada will take on Enrico Kölling (23-1, 6 KOs) of Berlin, Germany, for the vacant IBF light heavyweight world title. The bout between Beterbiev and Kölling was originally scheduled to be a title eliminator with the winner to be given a chance to take on Andre Ward but when the unified champion retired, his championship titles from the IBF, the WBA and the WBO were left vacant and after negotiations with the IBF, it was decided Beterbiev and Kolling would fight for the title. The IBF sent a letter to Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti notifying him of the change in status of the fight. “This is to notify you that IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward has retired. Now that the title is vacant, the IBF will approve the Artur Beterbiev vs. Enrico Koelling eliminator as a fight for the vacant title,” the IBF wrote.

Both fights will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app. Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to this world championship event go on sale Tomorrow! Friday, September 15, at 10 a.m. PT. Priced at $150 (floor), $88, $58 and $33, plus applicable fees, tickets may be purchased at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 800 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office.

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