FRESNO, Calif. — When Jose Ramirez was set into a obligatory placement to struggle for a person of the junior welterweight entire world titles vacated by undisputed champion Terence Crawford in September, he currently had a struggle with Mike Reed scheduled.
Ramirez, with a big following in Central California and a date locked in as the headliner on a Major Rank ESPN card, had no intention of pulling out. It was never ever even a thought.
So he went into the struggle risking his placement from Reed and set on a amazing overall performance.
Ramirez pounded Reed, dropping him at the time before ruthlessly halting him in the next round before a frenzied group of 13,838 on Saturday evening at the Save Mart Center on the campus of Fresno State.
“When I struggle superior fighters, it provides the finest out,” Ramirez mentioned. “Most persons underestimate my speed and protection, but they really don’t comprehend it until finally they’re in entrance of me. I showed tonight what I imply by that.
“I was just so concentrated on Mike Reed. I was a lot more than ready for him. I really feel so fired up. Now I can imagine about the title struggle but to start with I’m likely to commit time with my spouse and children and my small boy. I’m likely to delight in the vacations and then I’ll get back again in the fitness center.”
Ramirez, a 2012 U.S. Olympian from close by Avenal, California, had currently won the hearts of those in the region for his tireless work on behalf of several farmers and their discipline staff. He has lent his identify and time to combating environmentalists for regional drinking water rights. They have repaid Ramirez by turning out in pressure for his fights even while he has not nonetheless confronted a top opponent or boxed for a big title.
But he drew nonetheless a further raucous group and cemented his placement as a obligatory entire world title challenger from the Don King-promoted Amir Imam (21-one, 18 KOs), 27, of Albany, New York, who stopped former Ramirez victim Johnny Garcia in the fourth round on the undercard to also preserve his standing in the entire world title struggle. Major Rank promoter Bob Arum mentioned the title struggle would take location in the to start with quarter of 2018 — target date Feb. 16 — both at both the Save Mart Center or in Reno, Nevada.
“I imagine it will be a quite superior struggle. Imam is a quite superior fighter,” mentioned Arum, who has a offer in location for the title struggle with King that however requirements to be signed. “But it will take a large overall performance to defeat this child (Ramirez).”
Ramirez pressured Reed, a southpaw, from the opening bell. He labored the entire body and fired his powerful still left hook time and once more. Reed, a lot more of a boxer than brawler, was a prepared partner, however, and engaged him, possibly figuring it would be hard to get a conclusion in entrance of Ramirez’s group.
“We observed that Reed was more substantial tonight and outweighed us, so I explained to Jose to go to the entire body,” Freddie Roach, Ramirez’s Hall of Fame coach, mentioned. “Imam is a move up from tonight’s struggle but we are ready to take Imam on and go for the title.”
In the next round, Ramirez continued to relentlessly assault Reed and he badly harm him with a appropriate hand. Reed went into the ropes and Ramirez continued to unload punches, eventually driving him to the mat for a knockdown.
Reed was harm but he defeat the depend and Ramirez (21-, 16 KOs), 25, did not relent. Reed, who had named out Ramirez and desired to struggle him in his hometown, went down once more below heavy force but referee Jack Reiss dominated it was induced by a slip.
“He harm me with a entire body shot. It was a true big punch, but the struggle never ever ought to have been stopped,” Reed mentioned. “The struggle ought to have continued.”
Experienced Reed won, he was not guaranteed the entire world title struggle from Imam but possibly would have gotten it. But Ramirez finished that desire and mentioned he did not allow for the views of the title struggle to get into his head as he prepared for the struggle.
“My career was to appear into the ring and do my enterprise,” Ramirez mentioned. “My ability was a great deal superior than his. He was experience my punches. I never ever regarded this struggle a risk. It was a assurance booster to me. Now I can aim on Imam. I hope Imam got the information tonight.”