By Keith Idec
Irvin Gonzalez Jr. was busier and better than Carlos Ramos on Friday night.
The tall featherweight prospect topped Ramos by unanimous decision in an eight-round fight in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Gonzalez’s convincing yet relatively unremarkable win was the third of four “ShoBox” bouts Showtime broadcast from Firelake Arena.
Judges Jesse Reyes (80-72), Mike Bower (79-73) and Henry Gueary (78-74) all scored the fight for Gonzalez, of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Gonzalez improved to 11-0 and went the distance for just the second time in his pro career. Spain’s Ramos lost for the first time as a pro (9-1, 6 KOs).
A straight right hand by Gonzalez landed directly in the middle of Ramos’ fight about a minute into the eighth round. Ramos landed a left hand that got Gonzalez’s attention just before the midway mark of the eighth.
With about a minute remaining in the fight, Ramos drilled right-left combination.
Ramos landed a solid counter right hand just before the bell sounded to end the seventh round.
Ramos requested a break 25 into the fifth round, so that his trainer could wipe Vaseline out of his right eye. Ramos drilled Gonzalez with a hard left to the body late in the fifth.
Ramos’ straight left hand backed up Gonzalez early in the fourth round. England warned Ramos for hitting when he instructed the fighters to break with just over one minute to go in the fourth.
Ramos backed Gonzalez into a corner when he landed a straight left hand 40 seconds into the third round. Gonzalez and Ramos banged heads with about 50 seconds to go in the third, but neither fighter suffered a cut.
Gonzalez knocked Ramos off balance by landing a left hand early in the second round. Their legs got tangled during that exchange as well.
Ramos caught Gonzalez with a straight left hand as Gonzalez came forward early in the first round. He landed another straight left hand as Gonzalez moved straight backward later in the first round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.