Jose Ramirez's Wish List: Loma, Prograis - Then Crawford in 2020

By Ryan Burton

Jose Ramirez (23-0) is very focused on the opponent he will be facing on Sunday night. The hard hitting Jose Zepeda (30-1), who is riding a 7 fight winning streak, will be in the opposite corner of the WBC super lightweight champion.

The fight will headline an ESPN televised doubleheader with former champion Ray Beltran going up against Hiroki Okada in the co-feature bout.

The 26-year-old Ramirez met with the media on Wednesday in Fresno and was asked a variety of questions about his future plans.


Lukie Ketelle of Inside the Ropes asked Ramirez if believed that he may headline a pay-per-view card by the end of the year.

"That is very possible. That would be a great opportunity for me against a guy like (WBA/WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy) Lomachenko or even a guy like (Regis) Prograis at 140 and then for sure 2020 will be the year I decide to move up (to welterweight) and take on guys like (Terence) Crawford and all those guys," said Ramirez.

The Fresno native is a big draw in his hometown.  He has regularly sold over 10,000 tickets at the Save Mart Arena where Sunday night's fight takes place.

If a fight against Lomachenko were to come to fruition, Ramirez believes that they would be able to take that fight to the Fresno State Bulldogs football stadium.

"I think we could definitely bring in 25 or 30 thousand people for that fight. The thing is if Lomachenko is willing to move to 140 for that fight. If not there is Teofimo Lopez that people are hyped about and he says he wants to move to 140 but I want to go after champions like Lomachenko. Guys who have titles. Guys who if I win take me to the next level and not just defend my title," Ramirez explained.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 02-10-2019

[QUOTE=Joe shmo;19502416]Right around the Puerto Rican day parade time, and if Matias wins they put him in the parade.[/QUOTE]4real! However if Teofimo vs. Pedraza or Verdejo happens, that's not gonna work!

Comment by Joe shmo on 02-10-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19501433]Matias is too high risk for Ramirez! I would like to see Matias vs. Algieri in NYC![/QUOTE] Right around the Puerto Rican day parade time, and if Matias wins they put him in the parade.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 02-10-2019

[QUOTE=Joe shmo;19499689]I don't see Loma going to 140, this is I'd 3rd weight class and I think 135 is his max. Lopez will definitely move up soon tho. I wouldn't seeing Ramirez try to unify with baranchyk or prograis. I…

Comment by Jubei on 02-09-2019

Talking the big names and actually fighting nobodies? Doubt he can even make 135 to fight Loma, just trying to promote his fight this weekend. The guy is pretty popular and draws a decent crowd so he wont be facing…

Comment by -SWIFT- on 02-09-2019

You'll be fed to teofimo next year buddy.

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