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Jose Ramirez: O'Connor is Tough, Can Take Some Punches

By Ryan Burton

2012 US Olympian Jose Ramirez (22-0) captured his first world championship in March when he defeated Amir Imam via unanimous decision in a bout for the vacant WBC super lightweight title.

Next up for the 25-year-old is the experienced Danny O'Connor (30-3) who has won four fights in a row since suffering a vicious knockout loss against Gabriel Bracero in 2015.

The fight will headline an ESPN card on July 7th.

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While O'Connor may not have the hype around him that the former blue chip prospect Imam had, Ramirez is not taking him lightly.

"He seems like he is a veteran fighter. He seems like a tough fighter that can take some punches and can continue fighting. I am just getting myself ready to fight a very good Danny O'Connor. I think that moving forward in my career I have even more of statement to make. I am pushing myself even harder in training and I am more mentally and physically strong now than ever," explained Ramirez.

The fight takes place at the Save Mart Arena which is nearby his hometown of Avenal in Central California. Ramirez routinely draws big crowds in the area and the fight is expected to be close to a sellout by the time fight night rolls around.

Ramirez has always enjoyed fighting at home but admits that this fight means a lot more because he will be entering the ring a world champion.

"It is quite an honor for me to fight for my first world title defense in front of my biggest fans and closest family members and friends. That is a beautiful thing to be able to do and showcase world championship fights here in Central California," Ramirez said.

Former heavyweight title challenger Andy Ruiz (30-1), welterweight contender Egidijus Kavaliauskas (19-0), and lightweight Andy Vences (20-0-1) highlight the undercard along with young prospects Gabriel Flores Jr, Joseph Adorno and Bryan Lua.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Force Boxing on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=fanofbox;18882357]Ticket sales show that no one cares about this fight. You can pick your seat in the arena for this fight. Ramirez seems like a good guy, but it's obvious TR doesn't have a lot of faith in the guy.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by filup79 on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=Force Boxing;18891165]Prograis team turned down Ramirez fight in the end...took the easier path to more money...have to get your info right[/QUOTE] They had no choice as Arum never wanted the fight and was going to delay the purse bid as…

Comment by Force Boxing on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=indelible;18880580]I can't wait for Prograis to expose Ramirez. His last fight against Imam convinced Prograis that he'll finish Ramirez off in the earlier rounds. Not even the switch to Roberto Garcia will change the outcome when we get that fight…

Comment by Force Boxing on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=filup79;18880473]Should have fought Prograis or entered the WBSS like the other top 140 fighters. Prograis entered it knowing that Ramirez and Arum would delay a purse bid as much as possible in order to avoid the fight. Just like the…

Comment by IMDAZED on 06-22-2018

[QUOTE=Golden Boi 360;18880254]is o'connor the dude that got put to sleep with 1 punch a while back with all that irish gear on?[/QUOTE] Yup. And he’ll be going to sleep in this one

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