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Jose Ramirez Aims To Retain WBC Title and KO Cancer

In the ring, the Avenal, Calif., native will defend his WBC super lightweight world title against Jose “Chon” Zepeda on Sunday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. Outside the ring, Ramirez will help raise money and awareness for cancer research to assist men, women, and children who are afflicted with the disease.

Ramirez (23-0, 16 KOs) will pay a special visit to the Community Cancer Institute in Clovis, Calif., on Thursday at 12:30 p.m., where he will meet with patients and staff members. He will then auction off his fight-worn purple gloves and assorted fight night attire, with all proceeds benefitting the Community Cancer Institute. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Community Cancer Institute, and Ramirez and his manager, Rick Mirigian, will also donate 1,000 tickets to Community Cancer Institute patients and their families.

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“This is not just about boxing. I am proud to dedicate my performance against Zepeda to the fight against cancer and to work with the great people at the Community Cancer Institute,” Ramirez said. “The people in the Central Valley have supported me since my amateur days, and I feel it’s important for me to use my platform in a positive way.

“I lost both of my grandparents to cancer. Rick Mirgian’s mother is battling cancer. It’s a universal thing. So many families know someone who is affected by cancer. When someone has cancer, it hits the whole family. Doing an event dedicated to people suffering from cancer will show them that they are supported and loved.”

Ramirez-Zepeda and the 140-pound showdown between former lightweight world champion Ray Beltran and Hiroki Okada will headline a special Top Rank on ESPN card beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to this world championship event priced at $150, $90, $60, $35, and $25 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Save Mart Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Zaroku on 02-10-2019

Love that fighting spirit!

Comment by LoadedWraps on 02-10-2019

[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Red"]I will give props to anyone fighting, or supporting the fight against cancer.[/COLOR][/FONT]

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 02-10-2019

pedraza be like

Comment by Force Boxing on 02-10-2019

Ramirez does so much more from scholarships funds to auctioning off all his fight gear for charity. Bought a car for his church, feeds 100's o families at holidays. He give back big time

Comment by BOXING 24/7 on 02-06-2019

I'll be there in the nosebleeds for the 3rd time using my vouchers. Always good to watch ramirez fight.

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