José Carlos Ramírez (born August 12, 1992) is an American professional boxer. He is a former unified champion at light welterweight, having held the World Boxing Council (WBC) title from 2018 to 2021 and the World Boxing Organization (WBO) title from 2019 to 2021. As an amateur he represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics. As of June 2020, he is ranked as the world's second best active light welterweight by The Ring and BoxRec, and third by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||72+1⁄2 in (184 cm)|
|Born||August 12, 1992|
Avenal, California, U.S.
|Wins by KO||18|
Amateur career Edit
Ramírez won the United States national amateur boxing championships Lightweight tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He's also a Jr. Golden Gloves National Champion, two-time Jr. Olympic National Champion, and a two-time Ringside World Champion. His family currently lives in Avenal, California where he's lived all his life. Jose qualified to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympics by defeating 2008 Olympian Raynell Williams 21-16 in the finals of the 2012 United States Olympic Boxing Trials. Ramírez beat Rachid Azzedine and then lost to Fazliddin Gaibnazarov at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Professional career Edit
Early career Edit
After compiling a perfect 15-0 record, Ramírez beat Johnny Garcia by unanimous decision on December 5, 2015 to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title. He would go on to defend the title a total of four times.
WBC light welterweight champion Edit
Ramírez vs. Imam Edit
On March 17, 2018, Ramírez defeated Amir Imam by unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 117-111 and 115-113 to win the vacant WBC super lightweight title. Ramírez had badly swelled Imam's right eye and landed all kinds of hard punches throughout the fight.
Ramírez vs. Orozco Edit
In his next fight, Ramírez faced Antonio Orozco, then #3 by the WBC at light welterweight, at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. In an action-packed fight, the defending champion managed to drop his opponent twice, once in the fourth, and once in the eighth round. Despite the two knockdowns, Orozco gave his all and even was the aggressor at times. In the end, it was a clear win for Ramírez, all three judges scoring the fight 119-107 in favor of the champion.
Ramírez vs. Zepeda Edit
In his next title defense, Ramírez faced Jose Zepeda, ranked #14 by the WBC at light welterweight. Zepeda was winning the early rounds of the fight. Ramírez started to gain control of the fight in the fourth round. Ramírez finished the fight strong, especially in the last 20 seconds, unleashing power shots on Zepeda. Ramírez won the fight via majority decision in a very competitive fight.
Unified light welterweight champion Edit
Ramírez vs. Hooker Edit
On July 27, 2019, Ramírez fought undefeated WBO light welterweight champion Maurice Hooker in a unification fight. In an action-packed fight, Ramírez first managed to drop Hooker in the opening round, and despite replays showing that Ramírez had stepped on Hooker's foot, it was ruled an official knockdown. As the rounds went on, the fight slowed down, which seemed to favor Hooker. However, in the sixth round, Ramírez connected on a left hand to the chin, followed by another big left to the head, which sent Hooker reeling against the ropes. As Hooker was helpless, the referee stopped the fight with 1:48 to go in the round, awarding Ramírez the technical knockout victory.
Ramírez vs. Postol Edit
Ramírez vs. Taylor Edit
On May 22, 2021, Ramírez attempted to become the first undisputed champion of Mexican descent when he faced undefeated unified champion Josh Taylor in Paradise, Nevada in a showdown for the undisputed light welterweight championship. Ramírez was knocked down twice in the sixth and seventh rounds, both times by Taylor's left hand, and ultimately lost by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 114-112 in favor of Taylor.
Continued light welterweight career Edit
Ramírez vs. Pedraza Edit
On October 30, 2021, it was revealed that Ramírez would face the former two-weight world champion José Pedraza on February 5, 2022, in the main event of an ESPN broadcast Top Rank card. The bout was later postponed for March 4, as Pedraza fell ill with flu-like symptoms. Ramirez won the bout by unanimous decision in a competitive fight, By all judges scoring it 116-112.
Professional boxing record Edit
|29 fights||28 wins||1 loss|
|29||Win||28–1||Richard Commey||KO||11 (12), 2:44||Mar 26, 2023||Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S.|
|28||Win||27–1||José Pedraza||UD||12||Mar 4, 2022||Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S.|
|27||Loss||26–1||Josh Taylor||UD||12||May 22, 2021||Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBC and WBO light welterweight titles;|
For WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring light welterweight titles
|26||Win||26–0||Viktor Postol||MD||12||Aug 29, 2020||MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC and WBO light welterweight titles|
|25||Win||25–0||Maurice Hooker||TKO||6 (12), 1:48||Jul 27, 2019||College Park Center, Arlington, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC light welterweight title;|
Won WBO light welterweight title
|24||Win||24–0||Jose Zepeda||MD||12||Feb 10, 2019||Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S.||Retained WBC light welterweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Antonio Orozco||UD||12||Sep 14, 2018||Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S.||Retained WBC light welterweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Amir Imam||UD||12||Mar 17, 2018||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBC light welterweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Mike Reed||KO||2 (10), 1:43||Nov 11, 2017||Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S.||Retained WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Jake Giuriceo||TKO||2 (10), 2:10||May 5, 2017||Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Issouf Kinda||KO||6 (10), 0:58||Dec 2, 2016||Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.||Retained WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Tomas Mendez||KO||4 (10), 0:53||Jul 9, 2016||Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, U.S.||Retained WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Manuel Pérez||UD||10||Apr 9, 2016||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Johnny Garcia||UD||8||Dec 5, 2015||Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Ryusei Yoshida||RTD||3 (8), 3:00||Jul 18, 2015||Cotai Arena, Macau, China|
|14||Win||14–0||Robert Frankel||KO||5 (8), 2:18||May 9, 2015||Selland Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Antonio Arellano||TKO||6 (6), 2:50||Dec 13, 2014||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||David Rodela||KO||1 (8), 0:50||Oct 25, 2014||Selland Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Alfred Romero||UD||8||Aug 2, 2014||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Jesus Selig||KO||2 (6), 0:44||May 17, 2014||Selland Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Boyd Henley||TKO||2 (6), 2:32||Mar 29, 2014||Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Javier Perez||TKO||1 (6), 2:32||Feb 1, 2014||Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Erick Hernandez Perez||KO||1 (6), 0:47||Nov 9, 2013||West Hills College, Lemoore, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Daniel Calzada||UD||4||Sep 28, 2013||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Mike Maldonado||TKO||1 (6), 1:06||Aug 17, 2013||Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Christopher Williams||TKO||1 (4), 1:30||Jun 29, 2013||WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Antonio Martinez||UD||4||Apr 27, 2013||Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Charlie Dubray||TKO||1 (4), 1:06||Mar 30, 2013||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Corey Seigwarth||TKO||1 (4), 2:05||Dec 8, 2012||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
Personal life Edit
See also Edit
- "Olympics: Breazale, Hunter qualify for U.S. | RingTV". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
- "Light welterweight ratings". The Ring. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- "BoxRec: Light welterweight ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- "RANKINGS | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". TBRB. Archived from the original on December 6, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- "Boxer Warren makes third Olympic boxing team". August 6, 2011.
- "USA Boxing Star Jose Ramirez Wins First Fight At Olympics".
- José Ramirez el nuevo fichaje de Top Rank - Solo Boxeo, November 14, 2012
- "Jose Ramirez creating a unique boxing identity". November 9, 2017.
- "BoxRec: Bout". boxrec.com. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- "BoxRec: Jose Carlos Ramirez". boxrec.com. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- "Ramirez outslugs Imam to capture vacant belt". ESPN.com. March 18, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- "Ramirez vs Orozco - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- Christ, Scott (September 15, 2018). "Jose Ramirez retains title in action fight with Antonio Orozco". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Ramirez vs Zepeda - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Jose Ramirez rallies from early deficit, outpoints Jose Zepeda to retain title". The Ring. February 10, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Jose Ramirez stops Maurice Hooker in six thrilling rounds, unifies 140-pound belts". The Ring. July 27, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Jose Ramirez survives scare against Viktor Postol, retains titles". Boxing Junkie. August 30, 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
- "Taylor defeats Ramirez to unify division". BBC Sport. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
- Coppinger, Mike (October 30, 2021). "Sources: Junior welterweights Jose Ramirez, Jose Pedraza agree to Feb. 5 fight". espn.com. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
- Coppinger, Mike (January 10, 2022). "Sources: Jose Ramirez-Jose Pedraza bout, set for Feb. 5, to be rescheduled to March 4". espn.com. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
- "Esperan mexicanos aprovechar la exposición que les dará Pacquiao". ESPN Deportes (in European Spanish). February 12, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
- Boxing record for José Ramírez from BoxRec (registration required)
- Jose Ramírez Amateur record at Boxing scoop
- José Ramírez - Profile, News Archive & Current Rankings at Box.Live