By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten Luis Ramos felt a move was needed to 140 pounds after fighting at the lightweight limit for some time.
Based on his performance on Saturday night, the move to 140 pounds may be the correct and permanent move for the 24 year old fighter.
Ramos showed flashes of brilliance in his scheduled 10 round bout, eventually forcing a stoppage over Noe Bolanos at the Hangar at the OC Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA.
The bout headlined a six-bout card presented by Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions.
Ramos was coming off a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Daniel Attah in his last fight on April 21st. Prior to fighting Attah, Ramos won a hard-fought and what some writers consider a favorable 10 round unanimous decision over Ray Beltran on January 6th.
Bolanos had a four-bout winning streak until it was snapped in his last fight on June 29th at the hands of Ivan Alvarez.
The southpaw Ramos dictated well from the beginning of the fight, measuring Bolanos from the outside, throwing and landing two-three combinations in spurts. Bolanos, who suffered a cut along his left eye in the first round due to what was ruled a punch, attempted to counter Ramos with right crosses, at times missing badly.
Ramos did find success at times in the second round. As both fighters were in the pocket, Bolanos was able to land a series of left hook to the head, backing Ramos up. He found success in the fourth round as he landed a few counter right hands and did well to the body of Ramos.
However, Ramos, who suffered a cut along his right eye in the third round due to an accidental head butt, began to create space between himself and Bolanos. He would land more consistently behind his jab and mixed in a solid body attack on Bolanos.
“(Trainer) Hector (Lopez) told me to make the fight easier,” Ramos said after the fight. “I was getting careless a couple of times when I was mixing it up.”
The constant body attack paid dividends as Bolanos’ punch output dropped considerably. Sensing this, Ramos applied more pressure, connecting more at will as he let his hands go. Regardless of any offense Bolanos mounted, Ramos snuffed it out by beating him to the punch.
Both traded punches to start the eighth round, as Ramos landed the more effective punches during these exchanges. After an exchange, an inspector from the California State Athletic Commission in Bolanos’ corner waved a towel, indicating for the fight to stop. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stopped the fight at 1:04.
It looks like Ramos may stay at 140 pounds, but a move back to the lightweight limit may not be out of the question depending on the circumstances.
“I felt really good at this weight. My speed showed and I felt strong. It was difficult for me to have to make weight. 140 pounds is the perfect weight for me, but if there’s an opportunity at 135, then we’ll go down there as well.
Bolanos walked back to the dressing room, but was carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance and taken to a hospital. A ringside physician did not like Bolanos’ responses and recommended him to be taken to a hospital to have tests done as a precaution.
Ramos, from nearby Santa Ana, improves to 23-0, 10 KOs. Bolanos, from Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México, falls to 24-7-1, 16 KOs.
Wilder wins again by knockout
Heavyweight Deontay Wilder won by second round knockout over overmatched and overweight Damon McCreary in a scheduled 10 round bout.
Wilder fought five weeks ago, stopping Kertson Manswell in the first round of a scheduled 10 round bout.
The 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist had a significant height and reach advantage over McCreary, who was fighting for the first time in almost two years. McCreary made the fight easy for Wilder, coming forward and throwing wild hooks and crosses, rarely landing any punches.
Wilder dropped McCreary with a glancing two-punch combination to the head in the first round. McCreary was not visibly hurt, but did not press the action as he had done earlier in the round.
In the second round, a right hand by Wilder dropped McCreary again to the canvas. McCreary stood up, but was spun around by a right hand and dropped moments later by a left-right combination. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. saw enough of the mismatch and stopped the fight at 55 seconds.
Wilder, from Tuscaloosa, AL, goes to 25-0, 25 KOs. McCreary, from Detroit, MI, falls to 14-1, 10 KOs.
Hopkins defeats Carrasquillo
Former world title challenger Demetrius Hopkins won a lackluster eight round unanimous decision over Doel Carrasquillo.
Hopkins, the nephew of Bernard Hopkins, had not fought in almost 18 months, when he lost a 10 round unanimous decision to Brad Solomon. Hopkins also lost a 12 round split decision to then-world title belt holder Kendall Holt by 12 round split decision in December of 2008.
After very little action in the first two rounds, Hopkins began to let his hands go in the third round. He stalked Carrasquillo and when he was in punching range, landed combinations to the head and body. Carrasquillo would land an occasional left hook or right uppercut to the head.
Hopkins scored a knockdown in the sixth round, landing a left hook to the body of Carrasquillo, who took a knee. Carrasquillo stood up at the count of nine and made it until the end of the round. Hopkins almost dropped Carrasquillo again in the eighth, but settled for an eight round unanimous decision. All three judges, including Boxingscene.com, scored the bout 80-71.
Hopkins, from Philadelphia, PA, goes to 31-2-1, 11 KOs. Carrasquillo, from Lancaster, PA, drops to 16-22-1, 14 KOs.
Valenzuela stops Correa
Cesar Valenzuela stopped Jose Correa in the third round of a scheduled six round bout.
After a competitive first round, Valenzuela dropped Correa with a straight right hand to the head in the second round. The southpaw Correa got up and moments later dropped Valenzuela to the canvas with an accumulation of punches.
Both fighters had their moments in the third round until Valenzuela landed another counter straight right hand to the head of Correa, dropping him flat on his back. Correa stood up, but was on wobbly legs, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to immediately wave the fight over at 2:21.
Valenzuela, from Phoenix, AZ, improves to 4-2-1, 2 KOs. Correa, from nearby Santa Ana, drops to 7-3, 4 KOs.
Valerio survives war with Fuentes
In a fight between bantamweights making their professional debuts, Edgar Valerio of Los Angeles stopped Fernando Fuentes in the fourth and final round.
Valerio dropped Fuentes with a counter left hook in the first round. In the second, Fuentes, from Riverside, CA, dropped Valerio with a counter right hand to the head.
After Fuentes looked as though he controlled the action in the third round, Valerio dropped Fuentes with a right hand to the head to start the fourth round. After getting up, Valerio dropped Fuentes with a three-punch combination to the head again. Fuentes showed heart by fighting back, but was staggered by an accumulation of punches by Valerio. Referee Jerry Cantu saw enough and stopped the bout at 1:02.
Espinoza decisions Gutierrez
In the walkout bout of the evening, Rocco Espinoza won a one-sided four round unanimous decision over Jesus Gutierrez, who was making his pro debut.
Espinoza was the busier boxer, landing almost at will in the first two rounds. Gutierrez, from Santa Ana, went more on the attack in the third round, but would still get beat to the punch by Espinoza. Both had their moments in the final round, but Espinoza was more in control of the fight until the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Espinoza, while BoxingScene.com scored the bout 39-37 for Espinoza.
Espinoza, from Las Vegas, NV, snaps a four-bout losing streaks and goes to 4-6.
- Bernard Hopkins and unbeaten junior lightweight Ronny Rios watched the action from ringside.
- Mario Solis and Doug Fischer called the action for Fox Sports Net, which carried the two-hour telecast live.
- Ring announcer was Michael Vale.