Jose Ramirez

Weightclass: Light Welterweight

  • 21wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 16kos

AGE:
25
Birthplace:
Avenal, California
Height:
5'10"
reach:
72.5"
Managers:
Rick Mirigian
Trainers:
Freddie Roach (seven-time Boxing Writers Association of America “Trainer of the Year;” inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012)

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Jose Ramirez

At the age of 25, Jose is a five-year pro. A rising young contender at 140 pounds, he was an elite amateur before his debut – he represented the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games and was considered by many as the top talent on the U.S. Olympic team. Jose 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, three in 2016, and two in 2017. He gave consistently impressive performances and made excellent progress.

At their annual convention in October, the World Boxing Council ordered a final eliminator between No. 3-ranked Jose and No. 1-ranked Amir Imam to determine their next super lightweight mandatory world title challenger. But WBC champion Terence Crawford vacated the title shortly after that to move up in weight, and the WBC ruled that Jose’s fight against Imam will now be for the vacant WBC super lightweight world title.

Jose and Imam both already had separate fights scheduled on the same card in November – both won, and their fight for the world championship is now scheduled for early 2018.

In his last fight on November 11 in Fresno, California, Jose scored his career-best win by second-round knockout against previously undefeated Mike Reed, his most talented and accomplished opponent yet.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: What else is there to say about Ramirez’s performance except that it was spectacular?

The 2012 U.S. Olympian thrilled a wild home region crowd of 13,838 – a Save Mart Center record crowd for boxing – as Ramirez, from Avenal, California, surprisingly smoked Reed.

They were both stepping up in competition and the ESPN Top Rank main event was expected to be highly competitive. But it wasn’t as Ramirez applied pressure from the outset.

Ramirez had already won the hearts of those in the region for his tireless work on behalf of many farmers and their field workers. He has lent his name and time to fighting environmentalists for regional water rights. They have repaid Ramirez by turning out in force for his fights….

He drew yet another raucous crowd and cemented his position as a mandatory world title challenger….

Ramirez pressured Reed, a southpaw, from the opening bell. He worked the body and fired his powerful left hook time and again. Reed, more of a boxer than brawler, was a willing partner, however, and engaged him.

In the second round, Ramirez continued to relentlessly attack Reed and badly hurt him. Reed went into the ropes and Ramirez continued to unload punches, eventually driving him to the mat for a knockdown.

Reed was hurt, but he beat the count and Ramirez did not relent. Reed went down again under heavy pressure, but referee Jack Reiss ruled it was caused by a slip.

When the fight resumed, Ramirez continued to assault him. With the entire crowd on its feet and cheering wildly, Ramirez dug hard body shots into Reed’s flank and was winging head shots with both hands.

Reed was not throwing punches back and was defenseless as one of Ramirez’s shots snapped Reed’s head back, causing Reiss to jump in and wave off the fight at 1 minute, 43 seconds.

Now it’s on to a vacant world title shot, likely Feb. 16…. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Jose said, “When I fight better fighters, it brings the best out. Most people underestimate my speed and defense, but they don’t understand it until they’re in front of me. I showed tonight what I mean by that.

“I was just so focused on Mike Reed. I was more than ready for him. I feel so excited. Now I can think about the title fight, but first I’m going to spend time with my family and my little boy. I’m going to enjoy the holidays, and then I’ll get back in the gym.”

In an earlier interview, Jose said, “Freddie Roach has been my head coach for my last 10 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.”

fight history

  • 2017

    4TH WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 11-11-17 in Fresno, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against previously undefeated left-hander Mike Reed (23-0): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Save Mart Arena and drew a crowd of 13,838 – an attendance record for boxing in the arena – and Jose quickly overpowered him; Reed boxed and moved well in the 1st round, but Jose pressed forward and landed the harder punches; Jose staggered Reed with a left hook in the 2nd, then scored a knockdown moments later with a series of punches; Reed got up, but Jose floored him again with a left hook to the body – Reed fell into Jose, who pushed him away and the referee ruled it a push instead of a knockdown; Reed got up again, but Jose rocked him with a long, unanswered series of punches finished with an uppercut that snapped Reed’s head back, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:43…

    On 5-20-17 in Reno, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Jake Giuriceo (20-5-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center; Giuriceo was cut badly over his left eye by a punch in the 2nd round – the fight continued after an examination by the ringside doctor, but the cut worsened and the referee stopped the fight at 2:10.

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  • 2016

    3RD WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE DEFENSE – On 12-2-16 in Fresno, CA, he won by knockout (6th round) against Issouf Kinda (18-3): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined the “Fight for Water 6” event at Save Mart Arena, and drew a capacity crowd of 13,700 – the largest crowd in the series of the events; Kinda scored a knockdown with a right hand – really an off-balance push – when Jose’s glove touched the canvas in the 2nd round, but Jose dominated the fight after that; he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and wore down Kinda in the following rounds; Jose scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body early in the 6th – Kinda got up, but Jose rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:58.

    2ND WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE DEFENSE – on 7-9-16 in Lemoore, CA, he won by knockout (4th round) against Tomas Mendez (21-7): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Tachi Palace, and Jose gave a devastating performance; he scored three knockdowns, all with left hooks, in the 1st round; Mendez gave a determined effort, but Jose consistently landed the harder punches and rocked him repeatedly; he staggered Mendez with a series of punches early in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:53.

    1ST WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE DEFENSE – on 4-9-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Manny Perez (25-11-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Jr. III main event, and was Jose’s first scheduled 10-rounder; Perez gave a determined effort, but Jose dominated the fight; he consistently out-boxed and outworked Perez, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; scored 98-92, 99-91, 97-93.

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  • 2015

    WON VACANT WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE – On 12-5-15 in Fresno he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Johnny Garcia (19-3-1): the bout headlined the “Fight for Water 5” event at Save Mart Arena and drew a crowd of 13,120; it was an exciting fight – Garcia scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Jose to the seat of his trunks in the 2nd round, but he came back and dominated the rest of the fight; he out-boxed and outworked Garcia and consistently landed the harder punches; scored 79-73, 79-73, 77-74.

    On 7-18-15 in Macau, CH, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Ryusei Yoshida (26-7): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard at the Venetian Resort; Jose consistently landed the harder punches, quickly wore down Yoshida, and he did not continue after the 3rd round.

    1ST NABF W JR. TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-9-15 in Fresno he won by knockout (5th round) against Rob Frankel (33-15-1): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined “Fight for Water 4” at the Selland Arena and drew a capacity crowd of over 10,000; Jose outworked Frankel, consistently landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 5th round, and Frankel was counted out at 2:18.

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