Ramirez earns decision over Martin
The first ‘Fight Night Club’ show presented by Golden Boy Promotions kicked off Friday night with a capacity crowd that saw a night of knockouts topped off with a WBC youth super featherweight title win for Pasadena, California native Julian Ramirez.
Ramirez, (16-0, 8KO) started out strong against veteran Chris Martin and landed a right hand midway through the first frame, followed by a solid left to the body of Martin that helped set the tone of the fight for Ramirez.
‘El Camaron’ went inside in rounds two and three, putting in hooks and body shots against Martin. While not too effective with his inside game, Martin failed to provide much offense just the same.
Ramirez stepped on the gas in round six but received a body shot in the process from Martin, which was the first solid shot for Martin in the night.
It was Ramirez for the rest of the night bringing the fight to Martin, who had no answer for Ramirez’ constant pressure. The end result was a decision nod in the young fighters favor, which could lead to a productive year for the left hander.
“I’m really happy with the decision… I know this fighter, Chris, and I knew he was going to go in there and give it his all. For my next fight I know that I need to get with my camp, focus on training and not get caught up with any distractions.”
In the co-feature, Abraham Lopez stopped Carlos Valcarcel inside seven rounds.
In the first frame the pair traded shots with Valcarcel getting the better of the exchange. However, a grazing punch landed at the bell that prompted a warning from the referee and Lopez came out tough in the next round.
Lopez, (20-0, 14KO) threw to the body and head in an effective third round and with thirty clicks left in the round the two went toe to toe in the middle of the ring.
The midway rounds were mostly in Lopez’ favor, and Valcarcel had seen enough after seven rounds, not answering the bell to start round eight.
Overall, it was a solid showing from a solid featherweight from La Puente, California.
“I will take a shirt fight any day. I trained hard enough to possibly make it all 10 rounds, but the intensity of the fight made it possible to end things early. I want to get a world championship this 2016, and this is the beginning of that.”
San Antonio’s Joshua Franco put in a workmanlike six round effort against taller and rangier Juan Benavides.
Franco, (4-0, 2KO) got some quality work in against a game, yet limited opponent in Benavides.
In the night’s opener, Los Angeles native Pablo Rubio, Jr., notched a second round stoppage over Bryan Perez in a super bantamweight bout. Rubio wasted no time in taking charge in the fight and overwhelming his opponent, yet was still respectful afterwards.
“I was very excited about my first fight of 2016 and was filed with a fury to take him out early. In the end we all have great respect for each other and I look forward to the next fight and more victories this year.”
About Raymundo Dioses
A life-long fan with a former boxer's namesake. Professional boxing writer on the beat since 2007.
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