AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas - Featherweight contender Eduardo Ramirez (24-2-3, 11 KOs) scored a sensational one-punch knockout over Miguel Flores (24-4, 12 KOs) in the fifth-round in their WBA Featherweight Title Eliminator. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
"I'm very happy about the win," said Ramirez. "I worked very hard and I'm thrilled to get the victory. This was all the result of the hard work I put into the gym. The Montiel brothers trained me well and it all paid off.
"This was a last minute opponent. I didn't get to train specifically for him. But I'm getting better every day in the gym, that's my main focus. I feel like I can beat anyone in this division."
Ramirez controlled much of the early action, tagging Flores with left and right hooks, slowly damaging the area under Flores' right eye. Flores showed a formidable body attack but was unable to slow his opponent's offense.
Ramirez owned a 62 to 37 advantage in punches landed throughout the fight. In the opening moments of the fifth-round, Ramirez delivered a picture-perfect counter right hook that immediately sent Flores to the canvas.
"I don't want to get too far ahead of myself," said Ramirez. "Whatever my team wants to do, we'll talk about it. I just want to become a world champion. I'll be ready anywhere at any time."
While Flores was able to get to his feet, referee Laurence Cole called an end to the bout 20 seconds into the round.
"I was having fun in there," said Flores. "I thought I was doing better on the inside than the outside with him. We were putting on a good fight. He just caught me with one of those looping shots. It happens, it's part of boxing. I'm a fighter and I'll be back."