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Julian Ramirez looks to keep rolling

Julian Ramirez

There’s plenty at stake for young upstart Julian Ramirez on January 29 when he headlines at the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

With a 16th professional win Ramirez will be crowned with the WBC Youth Featherweight title which can lead to a shot at the full title later in 2016.

The Golden Boy Promotions fighter is thus far 15-0 in a career that started in 2012 in the best fashion; a 1st round knockout over another pro-debut fighter, Javier Damien in Anaheim, California.

“I got him with a left hand and he wobbled, and then I landed a body shot, he went down and I was eventually able to stop him,” said the southpaw via telephone to 3MR the day following an open media workout put on by the 22 year olds promotional company. A post-fight after party with friends and family at Wing Stop ensued following the beginning of a thus far pristine fistic career.

The Pasadena, California southpaw is the nephew of late world-champion Genaro ‘Chicanito’ Hernandez, (who faced Julian’s now boss Oscar De La Hoya in what turned out to be his uncles first professional loss inside six rounds in a lightweight bout in 1995) and started boxing himself at the young age of 11 after challenging one of his cousins.

“My cousins were training already. I trained with them. I told my cousin Cucho that I could beat him up.”

After two rounds Ramirez tired, but that did not shy him away from turning to boxing full-time in what started with multiple national titles via a 73-5 amateur record.

Ramirez’s career has taken him to various locales in Southern California, as well as Las Vegas, where he notched a six round unanimous decision against Juan Sandoval on the Lucas Matthysse/Lamont Peterson undercard at the Hard Rock Hotel in what would be the only exciting thing the Los Angeles resident did in the ‘City of Sin’.

“I was too young to gamble,” said Ramirez, who has also thrown punches in the lone star state of Texas and a few throw downs south of the border in Mexico and stated that he has learned much from every fight he has so far.

Ramirez an average of four fights since turning pro in 2012 and in 2015 he faced Raul Hidalgo in the same venue where he will attempt to win a minor WBC title; the iconic theatre created in 1926 that provides an up-close experience for fight fans in attendance with seats and standing room both only a few feet from the ring ropes.

Ramirez even likes to take in a night at the fights without having to work.

“I like just going and watching cause the seats are so close,” said Ramirez, who will cheer on his fellow GBP fighters from outside the canvas.

The fighter nicknamed ‘El Camaron’ fought twice in 2015 and last threw punches against Hugo Partida at the Stub Hub Center in October 2015, again on a Matthysse undercard; unlike Matthysse, who lost via KO to Viktor Postol, Ramirez remained undefeated by dominating Hugo Partida on the cards to a shutout win.

Over the 2015 holidays Ramirez spent time with family while remaining in fighting shape, and to start out 2016 he faces who is thought to be the toughest opponent in Christopher Martin, a ten year veteran with a 28-6-3 record who briefly held the WBO NABO super bantamweight title.

“I know Chris has skills. I have seen his fights,” said Ramirez, who is expecting a large family turnout with family coming in from Mexico and Kansas to see their fighting family member win a portion of the WBC title.

Ramirez’s parents have been present at his fights since the beginning, and throughout his career one voice has always stood out to him while throwing fists at other fighters.

“Out of everyone, I always hear my mother.”

If Ramirez wins the WBC Youth Featherweight title on January 29, one could imagine mom’s voice will be louder than usual.

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