Ramos is Relishing His Underdog Role With Rigondeaux

By Ryan Burton
WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos is currently in Las Vegas finishing up his training camp for his January 20th showdown with mandatory challenger Guillermo Rigondeaux.  The fight also takes place in Las Vegas, at The Palms Hotel and Casino.  The original plan was for the fight to take place on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito undercard this past December.  A misunderstanding with the purse being offered by Top Rank caused the fight to be scratched from that card and sent to a purse bid. 

The fight was then rescheduled for December 31, but scratched once again when the main event between Tavoris Cloud and Zsolt Erdei fell apart and the entire card was canceled. Showtime found a new date for the fight and plans to broadcast the clash as a special edition of ShoBox. was on hand at the Mayweather Boxing Club for one of Ramos' recent training sessions. Ramos said that he continued to stay in the gym despite the postponements and that he would be ready to go on January 20th.
"I have been in the gym training hard," stated Ramos.  "I didn't take a break.  I just stayed in the gym.  I am feeling good and I can't wait till January 20th."
Ramos has enlisted the services of a variety of sparring partners including top prospects Diego and Jessie Magdaleno to help him prepare for his left handed adversary.  The fighter of Puerto Rican descent is unfazed by the fact that Rigondeaux has over 400 amateur fights and is a two time Olympic gold medalist. In fact Ramos relishes the fact that he is the underdog.
"I have sparred with Jessie Magdaleno and his brother Diego.  I am sparring with Jessie again [on Wednesday].  He has a fight coming up too," Ramos told BoxingScene.
"It doesn't bother me that I am the underdog.  All of those amateur fights aren't going to make a difference when we fight.  I know that on January 20th I am going to win."
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 01-08-2012

[QUOTE=Cubanborn87;11638995]Rigondeaux is a top 5 p4p in body punching have you seen his kos all of them are by body shots or led by body shots[/QUOTE] He's only had 8 pro fights. Can we wait a little before calling him…

Comment by Cubanborn87 on 01-07-2012

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;11634269]Rigondeaux is not exactly a damaging puncher, like Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. for example who really would make people pee out blood.[/QUOTE] Rigondeaux is a top 5 p4p in body punching have you seen his kos all of them are…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 01-07-2012

[QUOTE=soycubanitooo;11637784]Rigo has more power in his punches than anybody in boxing. His body punches are the best in boxing history. [/QUOTE] :haha: You're riding his jock a little too hard there.

Comment by soycubanitooo on 01-06-2012

Rigo is going to KO Rico Ramos very early. Rigo has more power in his punches than anybody in boxing. His body punches are the best in boxing history. It does not matter who Rico trains with, he's going to…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 01-06-2012

[QUOTE=goblin213;11635509]This can either be a devastating early KO for Rigo or an extremely boring fight.[/QUOTE] Something tells me this is going to be an entertaining fight. Rico is aggressive enough to compliment Rigondeaux's natural counter-punching style. And, after Guillermo's boring…

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