Jose Ramirez-Amir Imam to Take Place March 17 at MSG Theater

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – It had been assumed that Irish featherweight prospect Michael Conlan would return to The Theater at Madison Square Garden to fight on St. Patrick’s Day next year.

Conlan (4-0, 4 KOs), a 2016 Olympian from Belfast, Northern Ireland, made his pro debut before a capacity crowd at The Theater last St. Patrick’s Day. He’ll fight there again Saturday night, when he’ll take on Argentina’s Luis Fernando Molina (7-3-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round encounter ESPN will televise as part of the Vasyl Lomachenko-Guillermo Rigondeaux undercard (9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST).

What was not known until Thursday morning was that Top Rank’s next St. Patrick’s Day card will be headlined by a WBC 140-pound championship match that’ll pit Jose Ramirez against Amir Imam. Promoter Bob Arum made that announcement during a press conference for the Lomachenko-Rigondeaux card at Madison Square Garden.


“Not only is it St. Patrick’s Day and Mick Conlan will be on the card,” Arum said, “but it’s gonna be a really interesting card because there’ll be a vacant 140-pound championship – my fighter, Top Rank’s fighter, Jose Ramirez, young kid from Fresno, against, listen to this, Don King’s fighter, Amir Imam. So it’ll be Arum and King going at each other in the Mecca of Boxing. Don’t miss it!”

Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs), of Avenal, California, and Imam (21-1, 18 KOs), of Albany, New York, solidified their fight for the vacant WBC super lightweight championship by winning their respective fights November 11 in Fresno, California.

The 25-year-old Ramirez knocked out previously unbeaten Mike Reed (23-1, 12 KOs), of Waldorf, Maryland, in the second round of the main event that night at Fresno State University’s Save Mart Center. On the undercard, Imam stopped Johnny Garcia (19-6-1, 11 KOs), of Holland, Michigan, after four rounds.

Imam is ranked No. 1 by the WBC at 140 pounds, two spots ahead of Ramirez. Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) vacated the WBC 140-pound championship, along with the IBF, WBA and WBO titles, when he decided to move up to welterweight earlier this year.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Force Boxing on 12-08-2017

Ramirez has fought better opponent's and has vicious power. Sparring with Pacquiao, Cotto, Postol, Frankie Gomez ect. Imam is good, but he is a good match up for Ramirez who likes tall fights with a long torso, big target for…

Comment by Force Boxing on 12-08-2017

Who has Imam beaten? Look at the records of who they have fought Ramirez opponents have MUCH better records. How many guys Imam beat with losing record? Ramirez never fought a guy with a losing record.

Comment by Force Boxing on 12-08-2017

A really most seats in Fresno are paid for just saying. Imam is only 1/2 taller and 1 inch reach over Ramirez. Ramirez is likely the hardest hitter in the division ends many fights with body shots. World class sparring…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=Herdis;18311191]You are an idiot if you think so...[/QUOTE] Why???? Ramirez is the better fighter IMO, much more compact and technically sound. Try and logically justify why Imam should be such a heavy favourite.. ...I’ll wait

Comment by Meldrick_ on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=Herdis;18311195]And Ramirez beat a 5.5 man when he is 5,10.. How has Ramirez beaten to make you think he can beat Imam?[/QUOTE] Height is the only thing you're looking on? Granados was shorter than Imam but beat him.

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