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Red-Hot Ramirez

By Bill Tibbs


When California lightweight Julian Ramirez steps into the ring on Friday, December 13th at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, he’ll be looking to close out the year by moving into double digits in the win column, chalking up victory number 10. The Pasadena, California-born Ramirez is a bright, young prospect based out of the GTO Boxing Club Los Angeles, California who has impressed every time out so far in his still developing career. While it is early days for the former amateur standout, he is turning heads with his aggressive, fan-friendly style.
 
Publicist Rachel Charles of Pitch INK! Media, who handles public relations for Ramirez, said the company “is very excited to be working with Ramirez, who is an amazing, young prospect.” Ramirez is managed by Joel De la Hoya and promoted by Joel’s brother, former multiple-time world champion and first ballot Hall-of-Famer Oscar De la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. He also has a strong, family fight game lineage as the great nephew of the late, former world champion Genaro Hernandez, who sadly passed away before his time in 2011.

After a strong 73-5 amateur career that saw Ramirez capture gold medals in the 2011 Junior Olympics and the 2011 Mexican Games, he turned pro at 18 in February of 2012. By the end of the year, he was 5-0 with four victories coming by way of stoppage. This year he has banged off four straight wins to move to 9-0 (6) in his career and looks to close out the year with a strong win to finish off 2013 at 10-0. He enters this bout coming off a first round knockout of previously undefeated Abraham Rubio in August. Ramirez has also had world-class ring experience as a sparring partner for the likes of current International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez and World Boxing Association (WBA) junior featherweight titlist Scott Quigg. And he will have plenty of exposure and opportunity to be amongst boxing’s best working under the Golden Boy banner.
 
While only 20 years old, Ramirez is a determined, goal-oriented athlete who would love to make a move into a fight for a regional title in the New Year. But he knows patience and his promoter’s choice of opponents is vital to taking the requisite measured steps. In a recent interview just outside the gym in Los Angeles, Ramirez said, “I would love to make a move for a regional title of some kind or move towards tougher fights but I have to listen to my promoter and my manager as they know what is best. My manager said it is important to take small steps and take it one fight at a time, so that is what I do.” In terms of his style from the amateur game to the pros, Ramirez hasn’t really changed a whole lot as he has always been an offensive, action-oriented fighter. In fact, the pro game is far more suited to his aggressive, nonstop action style. “I like to brawl and mix it up but I can box also. I am working a lot on my boxing.”
 
While he doesn’t know who he is fighting next, the red-hot Ramirez knows insists he’s prepared. “They have changed opponents a couple of times, so I’m not 100% sure who I’ll be fighting but I’ll be ready. I’m just trying to get better each time out,” he said. In a city known for featuring equally legendary featherweight fights and featherweight fighters, it looks we have a hot, new, young gun from the “City of Angels” to watch.
 
Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca.
 
 

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