Jose Ramirez Takes on Amir Imam in Historic Title Bout as the WBC Celebrates it’s 2000th Championship Fight
March 14, 2018
Anthony Saldana (93 articles)

Jose Ramirez Takes on Amir Imam in Historic Title Bout as the WBC Celebrates it’s 2000th Championship Fight

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña


Saturday night all eyes of the boxing world will be focused on Madison Square Garden in New York City, as the World Boxing Council (WBC) will celebrating St. Patricks Day and a great evening of scheduled fights. A night where legendary promotors Bob Arum and Don King will watch two of their talented young boxers go toe to toe in a fight that will mark the 2000th championship bout of the WBC’s illustrious 55-year history. The Top Rank on ESPN card will headlined by Jose Carlos Ramirez (21-0, 16 KO’s) of Avenal, California as he takes on Amir Imam (21-1, 18 KO’s) of New York City for the Vacant WBC Super Lightweight Title. Ramirez, the 2012 US Olympian 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. Ramirez recently stated, “I’m honored for the opportunity to be able to fight for a world title. Since I was only eight years old, with a few amateur victories under my belt, I started dreaming of becoming a world champion. To have that green and gold belt like all the best fighters in history have. I’m living my dream,” said Ramirez. “I’m ready to work as hard as it takes, to overcome any obstacle and adversity that comes my way. I’ve sacrificed, worked, and challenged myself in a way most can’t imagine. Physically and mentally I’ll be more than ready come Saturday. I started drawing this picture 17 years ago, and I almost have it completed. I hope to go out there on Saturdaynight and demonstrate my potential against a guy like Amir Imam. We’re ready for 12 rounds. We’re ready to face adversity if we have to. Whatever might happen during the rounds, we’re going to overcome it.”


Imam who’s only loss of his career came in 2015 stated is definitely a dangerous opponent who holds an 86% knockout rate and is ready to become a world champion Saturday night in front of his home crowd. “Fighting at Madison Square Garden, where I come from is a big thing, and it is a dream come true. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m working hard. I was ringside in Fresno for Jose’s last fight, so I know what he brings to the table. I know what I’ve got to do to win this belt. This fight will be a clash of two fighters with a lot of knockouts, and it will come down to who can stand up to that leather. If he does come straight forward, I will box and break him down and stop him. I’m not going to call for a knockout, but if it comes within itself, I am going to take advantage of it. Either way, I will leave that ring with the W.” Imam went on to say, “I was strong mentally before, but after taking that loss to Adrian Granados, I took a look at what I was doing. Now, I am going to take that title. I’ve been doing this since I was 12. I appreciate what Mauricio Sulaiman is doing for me, letting me represent the WBC. I look forward to getting the ‘W’ and taking that belt.”


I believe that the strength and overall punch output of Ramirez maybe enough to gain him his first world title. With that being said Ramirez will have to deal with some adversity. Imam is a solid boxer that can use his reach, jab and speed to frustrate Ramirez. If Imam does stay in the pocket, exchanges with Ramirez and is unable to hurt him, this fight won’t last long. Ramirez throws devastating body punches and seems to have the heavier hands that will hurt Imam. My prediction is Imam won’t be able to hurt Ramirez. Once Ramirez knows that he’ll cut off the ring, land at will early and often and come away with a middle round knockout.


In the Co-Main event undefeated light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KO’s) will take on 35-year-old Mehdi Amar (34-5-2, 16 KO’s) in a 12 round scheduled bout for vacant WBC interim light heavyweight title. The winner of the Gvozdyk vs Amar fight will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the May 19th Championship fight between Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack. “I can’t explain my excitement of how happy I am seeing some bright light at the end of tunnel,” Stated Gvozdyk. “It means I am getting one more step to a world title shot. Fighting for the interim title and mandatory position in the WBC will bring me in position to fight the champion, whoever it will be at that time. I would like to thank the WBC for giving me this opportunity, my promoter Top Rank, my manager, Egis Klimas, all my team who is working hard to get me in this position. My dream is slowly coming true. I also am excited to fight in Madison Square Garden, New York, the mecca of boxing. As far as my opponent, I don’t know much about him, but I’ll be ready to find out on March 17th at MSG.”


Other bouts include


Lightweights – Felix Verdejo (23-0, 15 KO’s) vs Antonio Lozada Jr. (38-2, 32 KO’s)


Super Featherweights – Christopher Diaz (22-0, 14 KO’s) vs Braulio Rodriguez (19-2, 17 KO’s)


Super Bantamweights – Micheal Conlan (5-0, 4 KO’s) vs David Berna (15-2, 14 KO’s)


Super Bantamweights – Jose Gonzalez (8-0, 2 KO’s) vs Adan Gonzalez (3-1-2, 2 KO’s)


Super Featherweights – Joseph Ardono (5-0, 5 KO’s) vs  Ivan De La Madrid (3-2)


Super Featherweights – Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12 KO’s) vs TBA



Anthony Saldana