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Armando Ramos (November 15, 1948 – July 6, 2008) was a Mexican-American professional boxer[1] and the former two-time WBC and WBA Lightweight Champion.[2] He was born in Long Beach, California.[3] Armando "Mando" Ramos was one of the most popular and exciting fighters in Southern California during the 1960s.[4] Ramos was an outstanding amateur standout.[5] Most boxing fans remember that he could out-box most fighters without getting touched, but because his punches packed knockout power he would preferred to duke it.[6][7]

Mando Ramos
Statistics
Real nameArmando Ramos
Weight(s)Lightweight
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Reach71.5 in (181.6 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1948-11-15)November 15, 1948
Long Beach, California, USA
DiedJuly 6, 2008(2008-07-06) (aged 59)
San Pedro, California, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights49
Wins37
Wins by KO23
Losses11
Draws1
No contests0

Professional careerEdit

Mando Ramos turned pro at age 17 using a forged birth certificate. Mando went on to fight the main event at the storied Olympic Auditorium by his 8th pro fight.[8] At the age of 18 Mando defeated the reigning Jr. Lightweight Champ, Japan's Yoshiro Kobayashi in a non-title bout. When offered a re-match for the title, the cocky Ramos refused to fight for a 'Junior' title.[9]

World Lightweight ChampionEdit

He demanded to fight dangerous Lightweight Champ Carlos Ortiz—Ortiz had dominated the division for over a decade.[10] Negotiations were in place, but Ortiz was upset by 'Teo' Cruz and so Ramos took the fight to the new champ, narrowly losing in a decision. Ramos won the re-match via KO to become the youngest Lightweight Champion in history.[11] Cruz would only live 11 more months. He died in a plane crash on January 1970 alongside the Puerto Rican national women's volleyball team at the Dominicana DC-9 air disaster.

Mando was the first fighter to draw hordes of women to the fights. When a Mando Ramos fight was held in Los Angeles, movie stars such as John Wayne, Bill Cosby, Kirk Douglas, Liz Taylor and Connie Stevens attended[citation needed]. Women from all walks of life caught Mandomania, and Hollywood loved 'The Wonder Boy'.[12][13]

Trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jackie McCoy,[14] Ramos fought ten World title fights, was a two-time champion and earned millions of dollars. Whilst Mickey Mantle and Joe Namath earned 100k per season, Ramos was earning 100k per night. He was the world's highest paid teenager[citation needed] and his purses were larger than anyone but Muhammad Ali's[citation needed]. McCoy stated Mando was the most naturally talented fighter he had ever seen in his life.[15]

RetirementEdit

Tough fights however, had taken their toll, along with the high life. Eventually drugs and alcohol put the brakes on his career. By age 24 Ramos was out of boxing.[16] With the aid of his wife, Sylvia Van Hecke, Ramos overcame his demons and was clean and sober over his last three decades.[17] He founded a non-profit youth organization---B.A.A.D.--boxing against alcohol and drugs—and donated tens of thousands of his own personal hours—to coaching, mentoring and training inner-city at-risk youths.[18][19]

Mando Ramos died suddenly at his home in San Pedro, California on July 6, 2008.[20][21]

Preceded by
Carlos Teo Cruz
World Lightweight Champion
18 February 1969 – 3 March 1970
Succeeded by
Ismael Laguna
Preceded by
Pedro Carrasco
WBC Lightweight Champion
18 February 1972 – 15 September 1972
Succeeded by
Chango Carmona

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/2008-07-07-1365129743_x.htm
  2. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1990-11-07/sports/sp-3680_1_long-beach-memorial-medical-center
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2010-10-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Mando_Ramos
  5. ^ http://www.notifight.com/artman2/publish/Reporte_7/Falleci_Campe_n_Mundial_Mando_Ramos.php
  6. ^ http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/ramosman.htm
  7. ^ http://www.15rounds.com/mando-ramos-a-champion-in-the-ring-a-difference-maker-out-of-it/
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2010-10-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-10-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://www.myboxingfans.com/2009/05/armando-ramos/
  11. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jul/07/local/me-ramos7
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-10-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ http://www.thesweetscience.com/boxing-article/6045/great-mando-ramos-gone/
  14. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1997-01-14/sports/sp-18408_1_jackie-mccoy
  15. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2000/feb/01/sports/sp-59984
  16. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1988-12-25/sports/sp-1387_1_mando-ramos
  17. ^ http://www.convictedartist.com/mando_ramos.html
  18. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1991-02-07/news/ti-674_1_mando-ramos
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-12-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ http://www.badlefthook.com/2008/7/7/566121/mando-ramos-1948-2008
  21. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jul/09/opinion/oe-rutten9

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