Jose Ramirez
Weightclass:
Light Welterweight
Age:
23
Birthplace:
Avenal, Calif.
Record:
17-0, 12 KOs
Height:
5'10"
Reach:
Managers:
Rick Mirigian
Trainers:
Freddie Roach
biography

Twitter: @RAMIREZBOXING
Instagram: @jcramirez2012
Ranked USBA #2, NABF #5, WBC #16 at 140 pounds…
WBC Continental Americas super lightweight champion, one successful defense…
NABF welterweight “junior” champion…
2012 U.S. Olympian (amateur), 132 pounds…
2012 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2011 U.S. Olympic Trials (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2011 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2010 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2009 U.S. Junior National Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 23, Jose is a three-year pro. A top young prospect at 140 pounds, he is a former elite amateur – 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 fights in 2014, and three in 2015. He’s made good progress and given impressive performances.
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 four-year drought, he headlined five 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 April...
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fight history
 
Fight by Fight – 2016 – 1ST WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight 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-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 outboxed and outworked Perez, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; scored 98-92, 99-91, 97-93…
 
2015 – WON VACANT WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE – on 12-5-15 in Fresno, CA, 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 outboxed 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, CA, 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...
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AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jose said, "I was born and raised in Avenal, California. I have two brothers and one sister. My father, he's a supervisor for a big contractor in agriculture and my mom, she's a housewife. I'm the only boxer in my family.
"My family were all soccer fans and I was playing soccer since I was like, three or four years old. I was actually a good soccer player, and I was a good baseball player. That was my dad's favorite sport – baseball.
"I started boxing when I was seven years old. I wasn't a troublemaker and I wasn't a street-fighter, but I had too much energy as a kid so my dad took me to the gym. There was a gym right up the street from us, and he wanted me to do something active in a positive way.
"I went through my amateur book the other day and I had 182 wins and 11 losses. I'm naturally righthanded.
"My girlfriend's name is Marisol Lopez and we have a son, Matteo Maximiliano Ramirez. He's five months old now. He's extremely strong – everybody's surprised at how strong and healthy he is. He's a little chunky baby right now! I think it's made me a better person – I have someone to think about now and look after. It motivates me to work extra hard. I've always been a very family-oriented person growing up. My parents showed me an example of what a relationship should be, all the love and support they gave me since I was little. Even though we were not the most fortunate financially, I always had a lot of love. Now I feel so proud to be able to have my son, and for him to look at me. It makes me a more disciplined person overall. It's a great experience."…
Regarding the Fight for Water boxing events, Jose said, "Top Rank likes to build fighters where they're from, create a platform for the fighters so they have a home base. My family and friends work in agriculture, and I started seeing the news about how the drought was affecting this area.
"I...
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  • Ranked USBA #2, NABF #5, WBC #16 at 140 pounds…
  • WBC Continental Americas super lightweight champion, one successful defense…
  • NABF welterweight “junior” champion…
  • 2012 U.S. Olympian (amateur), 132 pounds…
  • 2012 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 U.S. Olympic Trials (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2010 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2009 U.S. Junior National Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 23, Jose is a three-year pro. A top young prospect at 140 pounds, he is a former elite amateur – 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 fights in 2014, and three in 2015. He’s made good progress and given impressive performances.

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 four-year drought, he headlined five 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 April 9 in Las Vegas, he won a 10-round unanimous decision against Manny Perez. The bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. III main event.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Ramirez is a very popular draw in his home region and many of them turned out in Las Vegas. Those fans came away happy with Ramirez's dominant battering of Manny Perez, who had a big heart and a good chin….

Ramirez got in valuable rounds, going past the eighth round for the first time as he boxed in his first scheduled 10-round fight. Ramirez unloaded a ton of punches on Perez with an assortment of shots from both hands, including a very good uppercut that often found a home.

Perez, who once boxed to a draw with former lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios in 2008, got in a few decent shots but the judges may have been a bit generous to him by even giving him a couple of rounds. [End Rafael item]

Jose is trained by Freddie Roach, a seven-time Boxing Writers Association of America “Trainer of the Year” who was inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.

Jose said, "Freddie has been my head coach for my last seven 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

 

Fight by Fight – 2016 – 1ST WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight 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-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 outboxed and outworked Perez, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; scored 98-92, 99-91, 97-93…

 

2015 – WON VACANT WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE – on 12-5-15 in Fresno, CA, 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 outboxed 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, CA, 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…

 

2014 – on 12-13-14 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (6th round) against Antonio Arellano (7-2-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Diego Chaves main event, and Jose dominated the fight; he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and rocked Arellano repeatedly; Jose staggered Arellano late in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:50…

WON VACANT NABF W JUNIOR TITLE – on 10-25-14 in Fresno he won by knockout (1st round) against David Rodela (17-9-3): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined “Fight For Water 3” at Selland Arena, and drew an attendance of around 10,000; Jose quickly overpowered Rodela– he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round that dropped him to his hands and knees, and he was counted out at 0:50…

On 8-2-14 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Alfredo Romero (7-3): the bout was on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves main event, and Jose dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Romero, rocked him repeatedly, and Romero fought mainly to survive; scored 80-72, 80-72, 80-71…

On 5-17-14 in Fresno he won by knockout (2nd round) against Jesus Selig (16-2-1): the scheduled 6-rounder headlined the “Fight for Water 2”  event at the Selland Arena, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:44…

On 3-29-14 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round) against Boyd Henley (10-3-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at Texas Station Casino; Jose rocked Henley repeatedly in the 1st round, then staggered him with a series of unanswered punches in the 2nd – Henley was cut over his left eye and his nose and mouth were bloodied, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:32…

On 2-1-14 in Laredo, TX, he won by TKO (1st round) against Javier Perez (8-6): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Energy Arena, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:32…

 

2013 – on 11-9-13 in Lemoore, CA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Erick Hernandez (4-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder headlined “Fight For Water 1” at West Hills College Golden Eagle Arena, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, both with left hooks – Hernandez nearly fell out of the ring, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:47…

On 9-28-13 in Carson, CA, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Daniel Calzada (8-8-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera main event; Calzada gave a determined effort, but Jose dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Calzada, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…

On 8-17-13 in Laredo he won by TKO (1st round) against Mike Maldonado (6-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Juan Diaz-Adailton DeJesus main event; Jose scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:06…

On 6-29-13 in Thackerville, OK, he won by TKO (1st round) against Chris Williams (1-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Daniel Diaz-Roberto Marroquin main event, and Jose quickly overpowered him; Jose staggered Williams with a left hook in the 1st round, then rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:30…

On 4-27-13 in Austin, TX, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Antonio Martinez (1-1-2): the bout was co-featured with the Ray Beltran-Alejandro Rodriguez main event, and Jose dominated; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, and won by scores of 40-35, 40-35, 40-36…

On 3-30-13 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against Charles Dubray (1-0): the bout was on the undercard of the Mike Alvarado-Brandon Rios II main event, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round,  both with left hooks to the body, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:06…

He debuted at the age of 20 on 12-8-12 in Las Vegas and won by TKO (1st round) against Corey Seigwarth (2-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Manny Pacqiuao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV main event, and Jose quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 1st round – Seigwarth got up, but Jose rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:05…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jose said, "I was born and raised in Avenal, California. I have two brothers and one sister. My father, he's a supervisor for a big contractor in agriculture and my mom, she's a housewife. I'm the only boxer in my family.

"My family were all soccer fans and I was playing soccer since I was like, three or four years old. I was actually a good soccer player, and I was a good baseball player. That was my dad's favorite sport – baseball.

"I started boxing when I was seven years old. I wasn't a troublemaker and I wasn't a street-fighter, but I had too much energy as a kid so my dad took me to the gym. There was a gym right up the street from us, and he wanted me to do something active in a positive way.

"I went through my amateur book the other day and I had 182 wins and 11 losses. I'm naturally righthanded.

"My girlfriend's name is Marisol Lopez and we have a son, Matteo Maximiliano Ramirez. He's five months old now. He's extremely strong – everybody's surprised at how strong and healthy he is. He's a little chunky baby right now! I think it's made me a better person – I have someone to think about now and look after. It motivates me to work extra hard. I've always been a very family-oriented person growing up. My parents showed me an example of what a relationship should be, all the love and support they gave me since I was little. Even though we were not the most fortunate financially, I always had a lot of love. Now I feel so proud to be able to have my son, and for him to look at me. It makes me a more disciplined person overall. It's a great experience."…

Regarding the Fight for Water boxing events, Jose said, "Top Rank likes to build fighters where they're from, create a platform for the fighters so they have a home base. My family and friends work in agriculture, and I started seeing the news about how the drought was affecting this area.

"I come from a small community and I know how important agricultural jobs are to the people here. I told my manager, Rick, that I wanted to do something – with me being an Olympian and having some attention back home – to bring awareness to the problem and give people some hope.

"Coming from where I'm from has made me the fighter that I am. I feel like I owe it to everybody for the support and opportunities they've given me. My culture and the way I was raised – I'm so thankful. If I'm given the opportunity, I'm going to take it and make something happen with it."...

Retired former Los Angeles Times sports editor Bill Dwyre wrote [Feb. 16, 2016 – excerpts]: Ramírez is from Avenal in Central California. Five of his last ten fights have been in his home area. All five have sold out. He brought his record to 16-0 with a victory Dec. 5 in Fresno State's Save Mart Center, capacity 16,182. They turned people away. Where he goes to fight, they will come.

Tim Bradley went to Fresno to watch that Ramírez fight. When he took a look at the packed house, for an event that didn't even cause a ripple on the national boxing scene, Bradley's reaction mirrored a familiar text message of the day: "(OMG) Oh my God."

Ramírez's cause is water rights for Central California's agriculture industry, which, by many calculations, does about 56% of the world's agriculture. He is 23, young to be an influential boxer. But when he speaks, he does so from experience.

"When I was 14 and 15, during my high school summers, I worked in the fields, picking fruit," he says. Asked to compare that labor to training as a boxer, he just laughs. "I'd be up at 4:30, out on the fields by 6 and we'd pick and load until 4:30," Ramírez says. "I'd get back to Avenal and go straight to the gym."

And their break time? "We'd get 30 minutes for lunch," he says, "but it would take us 10 minutes just to get back to our car."

To be clear, he is not whining about the work, something that is part of the area's legacy. He is proud of that work ethic, proud to live where most feel the same, where working in the fields is often a lifetime, not a route to becoming a CEO.

Ramírez is, already, one of the area's more prominent people. He could, as most would, focus on increasing that personal prominence and little else. Instead, Ramírez has become a rallying point for the area's agriculture industry. Most would shun the stage and stay in the gym. Ramírez has stepped to the lectern.

The battle is between farmers and environmentalists. The issue is who gets the precious water, and how much of it. The decisions are mandated out of the state capital in Sacramento.

Manuel Cunha, Jr., is among the leading spokespersons for Central Valley water rights. He is President of NISEI Farmers Group, and he says the presence of Ramírez, as a homegrown symbol, has been crucial to the efforts. "He is very important to us," Cunha says. "He gives the cause a face."

Ramírez doesn't see the people working in the fields as having a menial job, but as having something to take great pride in, to fear losing. He is a fast-rising boxer with a vivid memory.

"When I was out there, picking," he says, "I was young and I didn't think anything could slow me down. Then it would get to be 105-107 degrees, and we'd be picking bell peppers that don't grow more than two feet high. I would start the day helping the older ladies, women in their 50s.  By the end of the day, with all that bending and stooping, they'd be helping me.

"Some of these people have been in those fields all their lives."

Bob Arum, chief executive of Top Rank Promotions, sees the cause beyond just winning and losing and embraces it for his young boxer.

"He has devoted himself," Arum says, "to the fight to save water for the San Joaquin Valley." [End Dwyre item]

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 OLYMPICS – London, England, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 7-29-12 he won a 21-20 decision against Rachid Azzedine of France; in his second fight on 8-2-12 he lost a 15-11 decision against Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan…

2012 AMERICAS OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 132 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-7-12 he stopped Michael Alexander of Trinidad & Tobago in the 3rd round; in the quarterfinals on 5-9-12 he won a 23-11 decision against Alex Rynn of Canada; in the semifinals he lost a 13-10 decision against Wellington Arias of Dominican Republic…

2012 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Fort Carson, Colorado, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 2-27-12 he stopped Karin Zaiden; in his second fight on 2-28-12 he won an 18-5 decision against Albert Bell; in his third fight on 2-29-12 he stopped Tommy Roque; in the quarterfinals on 3-1-12 he won a 23-12 decision against Lavisas Williams; in the semifinals on 3-2-12 he won a 27-14 decision against Kenneth Sims Jr.; in the finals on 3-3-12 he won a 19-13 decision against Raynell Williams...

2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Baku, Azerbaijan, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 10-1-11 he won a 22-12 decision against Vladimir Saruhanyan of Armenia; in his second fight on 10-3-11 he lost a 16-9 decision against Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine…

2011 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – Mobile, Alabama 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-31-11 he won a 35-11 decision against Toribio Ramirez of Bowling Green, Fla.; in the quarterfinals on 8-1-11 he won a 23-22 decision against Kenneth Sims Jr. of Chicago, Ill.; in the semifinals on 8-4-11 he won an 18-17 decision against Raynell Williams of Cleveland, Oh.; in the finals on 8-5-11 he won a 21-16 decision against Raynell Williams of Cleveland, Oh....

2011 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 6-22-11 he stopped Kevin Rivers of Landover, Md., in the 3rd round; in the quarterfinals on 6-23-11 he won a 15-11 decision against Adam Castillo of Lubbock, Tex.; in the semifinals on 6-24-11 he won by disqualification against Damon Allen of Philadelphia, Penn.; in the finals on 6-26-11 he won a 28-20 decision against Toka Kahn Clary of Providence, R.I....

2011 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Indianapolis, Indiana, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 4-26-11 he lost a decision against Erick de Leon...

2010 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-13-10 he won a 25-6 decision against Bobby Hornsby; in the quarterfinals on 7-14-10 he won a 15-11 decision against Adrian Martinez; in the semifinals on 7-15-10 he had a 7-7 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Duran Caferro; in the finals on 7-17-10 he had a 4-4 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Eric Flores...

2009 U.S. JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Denver, Colorado, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 6-8-09 he won a 12-5 decision against Daniel Molina; in the quarterfinals on 6-9-99 he stopped Hilario Ramirez Medina in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 6-10-09 he won a 5-0 decision against Isaac Castaneda; in the finals on 6-11-09 he won a 13-10 decision against Damon Allen...

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…is versatile – and pressure his opponents or box and move effectively…has stayed active in the ring and made good progress…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 17 fights…59 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.4 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 70 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 1 (1-0)…8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…