By Steve Kim
Jose Ramirez will finally get an opportunity to defend his WBC lightweight title as he faces the undefeated Antonio Orozco from the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California on Friday night.
Back in the summer Ramirez was scheduled to face Danny O'Connor who had to pull out of the fight as he hospitalized in his attempt to make weight.
In Orozco, he faces a superior fighter.
"It's going to be a good fight," said Ramirez, who won the title by defeating Amir Imam on March 17th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
As they say, 'styles make fights' and it seems as though Ramirez and Orozco will make for an entertaining affair.
"You can say that," said the 26-year old, who has a record of 22-0 (16 KO's), who believes it will come down to technique and boxing acumen.
"I think the better fighter with the most skills is going to win. I'm hoping to show that I'm the better fighter with the better skills. But I know he's motivated, he's hungry and he's been waiting for an opportunity like this, fighting for the WBC world title.
"So I'm training really hard, I'm pushing myself even harder than for Danny O'Connor because I know this guy is a fighter who's coming to fight. He's 27-0 and if I was him I would've been asking the question - where was this shot? So now that he has it, I'm sure he's going to wait to take advantage of it."
When asked if he would utilize his advantages in height and reach to box Orozco a bit, Ramirez answered, "We'll see that night, the better man that night is going to win."
Ramirez-Orozco headlines a card that will be televised on ESPN.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com