Abel and Jesus Ramos are used to appearing on the same show, though never in an event quite as big as what awaits the uncle and nephew tandem this weekend.
The pair of welterweights share the spotlight for the seventh time as pros, this time as part of a four-fight Fox Sports Pay-Per-View event (Saturday, $49.99 SRP) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Abel Ramos (26-4-2, 20KOs) looks to bounce from a welterweight title fight loss to Yordenis Ugas last summer, as he faces comebacking Omar Figueroa Jr. (28-1-1, 19KOs) in the evening’s chief support. Jesus Ramos (15-0, 14KOs) aims to advance from prospect to contender as he faces 2008 U.S. Olympian and veteran trialhorse Javier Molina (22-3, 9KOs) in the opening bout of the PPV telecast.
“I’m excited to see the fight between my nephew (Jesus) and Javier Molina,” Abel Ramos said during Thursday’s final undercard pre-fight press conference in Los Angeles. “It’s going to be an exciting fight, it’s going to be explosive.
“I’ll just have to keep my excitement at a normal level, because I’m still going to have to go out there and perform myself.”
The Ramos family shared a Fox prime telecast last September, though with varying results. Jesus Ramos registered a 2nd round knockout of unbeaten Esteban Garcia in his best effort to set the tone for his uncle who was fighting in his first major title fight. Abel was unable to follow suit, falling short versus Ugas in their vacant WBA welterweight title fight at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Jesus Ramos has since added two more knockout wins, including a 2nd round stoppage of Jesus Bojorquez this past February for his fifth straight win inside the distance. More so than the step up in competition versus Molina, the 20-year-old southpaw is eager to take place in the type of big event that he used to enjoy with his family as a spectator.
“It’s something huge for my family,” admitted the younger Ramos. “For me and Abel. We used to sit together and watch the huge PPVs. Now we’re part of one.”
Both welterweight fights serve in supporting capacity to a heavyweight battle between former unified titlist Andy Ruiz (33-2, 22KOs) and three-time title challenger Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 33KOs).
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox