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Prograis Sees 'Lots of Holes' in Jose Ramirez, Respects His Chin

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Regis Prograis was more impressed with Jose Ramirez’s second-round knockout of Mike Reed than what he saw Saturday night.

The WBC interim super lightweight champ still commended Ramirez’s performance against Amir Imam. Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) consistently pressured Imam (21-2, 18 KOs), hurt him several times and won their 12-round, 140-pound title bout by unanimous decision in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Prograis took mental notes from ringside because he has earned a shot at Ramirez’s title. The strong southpaw from New Orleans, who won the WBC’s interim 140-pound championship March 9, will challenge Ramirez sometime later this year (https://www.boxingscene.com/arum-wants-ramirez-prograis-take-interim-fights-on-same-card--126339).

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Whenever Prograis meets Ramirez, he realizes he’ll encounter an extremely determined champion.

“He looked good,” Prograis said. “It was a good fight. He looked real good. He pulled it off. I felt like he was gonna win, though. He got hit with a couple of shots, but he looked good. I really thought he was gonna knock [Imam] out. I didn’t think he was gonna see the final bell. I didn’t, because [Imam’s] eye was all busted up. I thought he was gonna knock him out.”

After getting an up-close look at Ramirez, Prograis determined that the 2012 Olympian from Avenal, California, is a better fighter than Julius Indongo. The 29-year-old Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) knocked out Indongo (22-2, 11 KOs), a former IBF/IBO/WBA champ from Namibia, in the second round to win the WBC’s interim title March 9 in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Prograis also noticed numerous flaws in the aggressive Ramirez’s game.

“I see a lot of holes,” Prograis said. “He just got hit more, and somebody like me, I’m a big, big puncher, and I’m a body puncher, too. So I feel like if I hit him with some clean shots, it could possibly be over. But he did get hit by Imam. Imam is a big puncher, too, and he withstood it. He got hit by some big shots, and he took it. He went through ‘em. He does have a chin, though. I can definitely say he does have a chin. He bit down. Imam was hitting him with some good body shots, and he bit down and he came back and he beat him.”

Ramirez’s chin impressed Prograis enough that the confident fighter didn’t predict a knockout.

“I don’t know, man,” Prograis said. “He withstood Imam’s shots, but I do think I can hurt him. I do think I can hurt Ramirez. It’s always different when you get in there. You can watch boxing all day long, but until you get in front of that person, and they hit you and you’re hitting them, you never know what’s gonna happen.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by slimPickings on 03-20-2018

Until proven otherwise i think i'll take Ramirez. A good chin and a will to win is something you cant teach. Ramirez has those qualities in spades. Ramirez will ask a lot of those questions of Prograis. Whether Prograis answers…

Comment by KING5TWENTY on 03-20-2018

Ramirez has insane determination that even suprises Roach. It should be tought to beat him jus because he wanta to win so bad

Comment by mrpain81 on 03-20-2018

Ramirez vs. Prograis is a lot closer then people think. Prograis should be favored maybe -140 but I could easily see Ramirez beating him if he weathers the first few rounds. Prograis is the typical super offensive fighter who gets…

Comment by Boxfan83 on 03-20-2018

Imam is tall, lanky, and has a long reach. I knew Imam would hit Ramirez especially on the way in because he likes to step back and load up. Prograis would be giving up a big height and reach advantage…

Comment by Realizniguhnit on 03-20-2018

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;18587829]Indongo was landing some decent shots on Prograis. His defense is suspect also which makes it a interesting matchup. I still side with Prograis for the win but it depends on who can take who's punch the best because neither…

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