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Ramos Faces Rodela on “Solo Boxeo”

(Photo © German Villasenor)
(Photo © German Villasenor)

This Friday night at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, lightweight hopeful Luis Ramos faces the well-worn David Rodela. At 19-0 (8), the young southpaw from Santa Ana is at the stage of his career where he will soon make the jump to see if he’s a legitimate prospect, then contender, or just merely suspect. However, unlike many other fledgling boxers, he doesn’t seem to be in too much of a hurry.
Ramos told Maxboxing, "I’m happy how I am right now. There’s no rush. I’ll take it one fight at a time."
In Rodela, 15-4-3 (6), he is facing a rugged guy who’s fighting for his career.
"I know he’s a tough guy. He fights with a lot of heart," said Ramos, "so I gotta go in there and put up a good show and put another loss on his book."

Ramos gets past this fight and Golden Boy Promotions will start to place him in more significant bouts in 2012. Eric Gomez, the company’s matchmaker stated, "This might end up being maybe the last fight of the year for him and we’ll bring him back [next year] but this is probably one of the last developmental fights. I think he’ll be ready. He’ll be ready sometime early next year, some sort of step-up fight, kinda like what we’re doing with Sharif Bogere (who faces Francisco Contreras on October 7th), either if it’s ‘ShoBox’ or whatever it might be, ESPN, but yeah, he’s ready to go."
Ramos’ manager, “Classy” Frank Espinoza, says, "I think this will certainly show us where he’s at during this particular time and I see bigger and better things coming up ahead because this will take him to a different plateau where now, we can start looking at ‘ShoBox.’ We can start looking at bigger venues where he can be exposed a little bit better on television and bigger networks."
Ramos got past the always tough Jose Hernandez back in March in the same venue he performs in this Friday night, in what was a pretty significant, early career examination. Ramos earned a hard-earned eight-round verdict over the tough Texan.
"We knew it was going to be a test. It was going to be a tough fight and he did pretty well," said Gomez. "It’s a tough guy, a tough rugged guy that takes a punch, makes good fights, dangerous and he passed it. That was a very, very good fight. For me, personally, that was like a turning point. I think that graduated him to the next level." Espinoza concurs with Gomez, adding, "For a young guy like Ramos to control the fight showed me a lot because the guy he was fighting was very difficult and he’d give everybody problems and headaches. So the way Ramos handled him, he just came out really well. I was impressed."
If you want to go anywhere in this business, you have to get past guys like Hernandez and Rodela, the latter best known in recent years for being a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao.

"This fight with Rodela, it’s not an easy fight. Rodela’s coming to fight. He’s coming to redeem himself. He suffered a few losses," said Gomez, referencing Rodela’s last outing, a six-round decision loss to Lonnie Smith. "So this is going to be a good fight. Somewhat of a crossroads, crosstown fight, two guys from the general area, Southern California and we’ll see. We’ll see what happens. If he gets past Rodela with flying colors, he’s ready. He’s ready for some step-up fights."
This bout was originally scheduled to take place on the Amir Khan-Zab Judah undercard at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas back in July before Ramos was mugged in the early morning while doing his roadwork.
"There was some talk on the Rodela side saying a few things, that he was scared to fight him. Well, we would never make up stories like that," said Espinoza. "It did actually happen, so I think inside, Ramos is ready to make a statement with Rodela and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him stop him. That’s what I’d like to see him do."
And if he should do that, he just might be ready to make the next step but the soft-spoken Ramos says, "Seriously, I don’t know. I’m just focused on the fights they put in front of me. Whoever it is, I’m just focused on that guy and we’ll see. No rush for me."
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