At the age of 24, Jose is a four-year pro. A rising young contender at 140 pounds, he was an elite amateur before his debut – he represented the United States in the 2012 Olympics and was considered by many as the top talent on the U.S. Olympic team. He also competed in the 2011 World Championships and won several U.S. national amateur championships.
As a pro, Jose stayed active in the ring with six fights in 2013, six in 2014, three in 2015, and three in 2016. He has given consistently impressive performances and made excellent progress.
A boxer from a small agricultural community in California’s San Joaquin Valley who wins several national amateur championships and makes the U.S. Olympic team attracts a lot of attention in his home area, and Jose has used that spotlight to do more than just further his own career. During California’s recent historic drought, he’s headlined a series of fight cards in his home area titled “Fight for Water” to raise awareness for the cause of bringing water to his community.
In his last fight on May 5 in Reno, he won by second-round TKO against Jake Giuriceo.
The Fresno Bee’s Anthony Galaviz reported [excerpts]: Make it 20-0 for Jose Ramirez.
Ramirez continued his dominance with a second-round technical knockout over Jake Giuriceo due to a bad cut in a scheduled 10-round super lightweight bout at the Reno Convention Center on Friday.
Time of the stoppage was 2:10.
Ramirez started fast and ended up opening a cut to Giuriceo late in the first round with an overhand right and landed strong jabs that opened up the cut.
“I think I made it look too easy,” Ramirez said. “I don’t want to feel arrogant, but I really need to step it up in competition. I was just happy I was able to showcase what I’ve been working on. I think I was able to use all my different punches that I’ve been working on with Freddy Roach. Freddie Roach was more than happy with my performance.”
Roach was indeed happy with Ramirez’s performance.
“Jose had a great camp,” he said. “He came here and got the win, which is what it’s all about. I was proud of him.”
“Jose made it look easy,” Ramirez’s promoter/agent Rick Mirigian said. “Looked incredibly sharp, quick and accurate, and showed he is ready for the next level.”
For now, Ramirez will enjoy this latest victory for two weeks and train again.
“I did what I had to do,” he said. “I felt great in there. There is no question I am ready to fight for a world title.” [End Galaviz item]
In an earlier interview, Jose said, “Freddie has been my head coach for my last nine fights, but he was also in my corner for my first fight. I’ve always worked with Freddie, but I had another coach and Freddie helped us – every time I needed sparring, I had an open door at the Wild Card Boxing Club. After a while, I decided to just make the full transition from where I was at to L.A.
“I met Freddie at the 2011 U.S. Nationals and I started working with him before the Olympics – it was when they invited Freddie to work with the Olympic team at the Olympic Training Center. He worked with us for a few weeks in Colorado Springs. After everybody would leave, me and him would stay to do extra work. He always liked the way I fought and the dedication I put in the gym. Some of the other coaches would get jealous about the extra time he would spend with me.
“I’ve never used a nickname. I just keep it simple.”