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Photos: Egidijus Kavaliauskas, Juan Carlos Abreu - Face To Face

COARESGOLD, Calif. - The dream has been realized. Now, it's time for Jose Ramirez to get down to business. (photos by Mikey Williams).

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Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs), from Avenal, California, will make the first defense of his WBC super lightweight world title against Danny O'Connor (30-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday in front of a projected sold-out crowd at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. It's the building Ramirez packed several times on his journey to a world title.

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Ramirez-O'Connor and the 10-round welterweight showdown between NABF will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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The entire undercard will be shown on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET and includes heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. (30-1, 20 KOs) against Kevin Johnson (32-9-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-rounder, undefeated Andy Vences (20-0-1, 12 KOs) defending the WBC Continental Americas super featherweight title against Frank De Alba (22-3-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-rounder, and 18-year-old wunderkind Gabe Flores Jr. (8-0, 5 KOs) against James De Herrera (4-3, 3 KOs) in a six-round lightweight contest.

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The fighters gathered Thursday at the final press conference at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Califire209 on 07-06-2018

Whoever wrote this article didn't even talk about the 2 men that were face-to-face, didn't mention their name once in the writing didn't mention their records, past opponents, or rankings. the writer talked about every other fight but these 2…

Comment by mapleleaf27 on 07-05-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18917511]I think Egidijus Kavaliauskas is pretty good. Maybe a top ten welterweight.[/QUOTE] he seems to be a likely future opponent for Crawford, I think he is top rank

Comment by Mammoth on 07-05-2018

I think Egidijus Kavaliauskas is pretty good. Maybe a top ten welterweight.

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