José Ramírez (boxer)

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José Ramírez
Statistics
Nickname(s)JCR
Weight(s)Light welterweight
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach72+12 in (184 cm)
Born (1992-08-12) August 12, 1992 (age 29)
Avenal, California, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights27
Wins26
Wins by KO17
Losses1

José Carlos Ramírez (born August 12, 1992) is an American professional boxer. He is a former unified light welterweight champion, having held the WBC title from 2018 to May 2021 and the WBO title from 2019 to May 2021. As an amateur he was the number one rated in the WBC lightweight in the United States and represented the U.S at the 2012 Olympics.[1] As of June 2020, he is ranked as the world's second best active light welterweight by The Ring[2] and BoxRec,[3] and third by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.[4]

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.[5] Ramírez beat Rachid Azzedine and then lost to Fazliddin Gaibnazarov at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ramírez turned professional in 2012 and has been promoted by Bob Arum as a Top Rank fighter since the same year.[7][8]

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.[9] He would go on to defend the title a total of four times.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

Ramírez vs. Zepeda[edit]

In his next title defense, Ramírez faced Jose Zepeda, ranked #14 by the WBC at light welterweight.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]

Ramírez vs. Postol[edit]

On August 29, 2020, Ramírez defended his WBC and WBO titles against former WBC champion Viktor Postol, winning a majority decision with scores of 116-112, 115-113, 114-114.[17]

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.[18]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
27 fights 26 wins 1 loss
By knockout 17 0
By decision 9 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
27 Loss 26–1 United Kingdom Josh Taylor UD 12 May 22, 2021 United States 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 Ukraine Viktor Postol MD 12 Aug 29, 2020 United States MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC and WBO light welterweight titles
25 Win 25–0 United States Maurice Hooker TKO 6 (12), 1:48 Jul 27, 2019 United States College Park Center, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title;
Won WBO light welterweight title
24 Win 24–0 United States Jose Zepeda MD 12 Feb 10, 2019 United States Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title
23 Win 23–0 Mexico Antonio Orozco UD 12 Sep 14, 2018 United States Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title
22 Win 22–0 United States Amir Imam UD 12 Mar 17, 2018 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC light welterweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Mike Reed KO 2 (10), 1:43 Nov 11, 2017 United States Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States Jake Giuriceo TKO 2 (10), 2:10 May 5, 2017 United States Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Burkina Faso Issouf Kinda KO 6 (10), 0:58 Dec 2, 2016 United States Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title
18 Win 18–0 Dominican Republic Tomas Mendez KO 4 (10), 0:53 Jul 9, 2016 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States Manuel Pérez UD 10 Apr 9, 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title
16 Win 16–0 United States Johnny Garcia UD 8 Dec 5, 2015 United States Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title
15 Win 15–0 Japan Ryusei Yoshida RTD 3 (8), 3:00 Jul 18, 2015 China Cotai Arena, Macau, China
14 Win 14–0 United States Robert Frankel KO 5 (8), 2:18 May 9, 2015 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Antonio Arellano TKO 6 (6), 2:50 Dec 13, 2014 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States David Rodela KO 1 (8), 0:50 Oct 25, 2014 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Alfred Romero UD 8 Aug 2, 2014 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Jesus Selig KO 2 (6), 0:44 May 17, 2014 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Boyd Henley TKO 2 (6), 2:32 Mar 29, 2014 United States Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Puerto Rico Javier Perez TKO 1 (6), 2:32 Feb 1, 2014 United States Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Erick Hernandez Perez KO 1 (6), 0:47 Nov 9, 2013 United States West Hills College, Lemoore, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Daniel Calzada UD 4 Sep 28, 2013 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Mike Maldonado TKO 1 (6), 1:06 Aug 17, 2013 United States Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Puerto Rico Christopher Williams TKO 1 (4), 1:30 Jun 29, 2013 United States WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Antonio Martinez UD 4 Apr 27, 2013 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Charlie Dubray TKO 1 (4), 1:06 Mar 30, 2013 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Corey Seigwarth TKO 1 (4), 2:05 Dec 8, 2012 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.

Personal life[edit]

Ramírez is of Mexican descent, his parents are from the state of Michoacán.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Light welterweight ratings". The Ring. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "BoxRec: Light welterweight ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "RANKINGS | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". TBRB. Archived from the original on December 6, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "Boxer Warren makes third Olympic boxing team".
  6. ^ "USA Boxing Star Jose Ramirez Wins First Fight At Olympics".
  7. ^ José Ramirez el nuevo fichaje de Top Rank - Solo Boxeo, November 14, 2012
  8. ^ "Jose Ramirez creating a unique boxing identity".
  9. ^ "BoxRec: Bout". boxrec.com. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  10. ^ "BoxRec: Jose Carlos Ramirez". boxrec.com. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "Ramirez outslugs Imam to capture vacant belt". ESPN.com. March 18, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  12. ^ "Ramirez vs Orozco - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Christ, Scott (September 15, 2018). "Jose Ramirez retains title in action fight with Antonio Orozco". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  14. ^ "Ramirez vs Zepeda - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  15. ^ "Jose Ramirez rallies from early deficit, outpoints Jose Zepeda to retain title". The Ring. February 10, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  16. ^ "Jose Ramirez stops Maurice Hooker in six thrilling rounds, unifies 140-pound belts". The Ring. July 27, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  17. ^ "Jose Ramirez survives scare against Viktor Postol, retains titles". Boxing Junkie. August 30, 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  18. ^ "Taylor defeats Ramirez to unify division". BBC Sport. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  19. ^ "Esperan mexicanos aprovechar la exposición que les dará Pacquiao". ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). Retrieved November 22, 2018.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
Duran Caffero Jr.
U.S. lightweight champion
2010, 2011, 2012
Next:
Kenneth Sims Jr.
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Terence Crawford
WBC light welterweight champion
March 17, 2018 - May 22, 2021
Succeeded by
Josh Taylor
Preceded by
Maurice Hooker
WBO Junior welterweight champion
July 27, 2019 - May 22, 2021