By Francisco Salazar
(LOS ANGELES, California) - It was another day in the office for featherweight Julian Ramirez.
Fighting in front of a boisterous and partisan crowd, the 22 year old Ramirez made sure he was not about to disappoint his family and friends in attendance.
Even if they wanted a knockout.
Ramirez outboxed Raul Hidalgo over 10 rounds, winning a wide unanimous decision before a sold-out crowd at the Belasco Theatre.
The bout headlined a five-bout "L.A. Fight Club" card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
Ramirez, who resides in nearby East Los Angeles, was fighting in his first scheduled 10 round bout after having fought eight rounds on two occasions. In his last bout on Nov. 13, Ramirez stopped Pedro Melo after the fourth round.
From the opening bell, the southpaw Ramirez worked from the center of the ring, looking to set up his punches as Hidalgo attempted to get on the inside. Ramirez worked behind a consistent jab, but was able to land a lead left to the head or the body of Hidalgo.
The veteran Hidalgo was able to land an occasional right to the head of Ramirez, but any rally the shorter Hidalgo attempted to build on was thwarted by a combination by Ramirez.
The pace of the fight slowed down in the middle rounds, save for a few exchanges between the two fighters. It was during this time that Hidalgo began bleeding from the nose.
By the seventh round, Hidalgo, who has fought a number of unbeaten fighters and prospects, looked as though he was in survival mode. He kept his distance, only fighting back whenever Ramirez would get in close.
Ramirez looked as though he was trying to get the knockout in the final two rounds. He pressed the action, attacking Hidalgo aggressive with hard punches to the head and body. Hidalgo was able to hold on or moved around the ring to avoid Ramirez's punches until the final bell sounded.
All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Ramirez.
Ramirez improves to 14-0, 8 KOs, while Hidalgo drops to 23-13, 17 KOs.
In a swing bout, featherweight Joet Gonzalez (9-0, 4 KOs) knocked out Ali Gonzalez in the second round. Joet Gonzalez landed a left hook to the body, dropping Ali Gonzalez (6-6-1, 1 KO) to one knee against the ropes. Referee Wayne Hedgpeth counted Ali Gonzalez out at 2:55.
Middleweight Yamaguchi Falcao won a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over late sub Deartie Tucker.
The pedigree between the two fighters was evident early on as the more polished Falcao controlled the tempo of the fight. The southpaw Falcao landed the more telling blows, mostly lead left crosses or counter to the head, stopping Tucker in his tracks. To his credit, Tucker fought back, catching Falcao with an occasional counter right to the head during these exchanges early on in the fight.
Towards the end of the third round, referee Wayne Hedgpeth deducted a point from Falcao for landing a punch below Tucker's belt line.
Tucker's punch output dropped considerably in the second half of the fight, allowing Falcao to control the action. Falcao would have likely stopped Tucker had he sat down more on his punches as opposed to throwing winging shots that did find their mark, but had little effect on them.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Falcao, 59-54 59-54 and 58-55.
Falcao improves to 5-0 1NC, 2 KOs, while Tucker drops to 2-1, 2 KOs.
Junior welterweight Everton Lopes (2-0, 1 KO) knocked out Robert Seyam with one punch in the opening round of a six round bout.
Seyam (2-3, 2 KOs) went right at Lopes, but the Brazilian fighter created space between him and Seyam. After a minute went by, Lopez landed a left hand to the body, immediately dropping Seyam to a knee. Seyam remained on the canvas as referee Dr. Lou Moret counted him out at 1:24.
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, welterweight Melsik Baghdasaryan stopped Mario Angeles in the third round. The southpaw Baghsasaryan, who was making his professional debut, was on the offensive from the beginning of the fight, repeatedly landing left hands to the head of Angeles (1-7-2). Baghdasaryan landed at will in the third round, prompting referee Wayne Hedgpeth to step in and stop the bout at 2:10.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing