CASA GRANDE — The Ramos family is ready for another primetime boxing stage, this time at a showcase pay-per-view event May 1.
While Abel Ramos, 29, and his nephew Jesus Ramos, 20, have spent recent training camps in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this time they decided to stay home in Casa Grande.
They each have welterweight fights on a pay-per-view card promoted by Fox’s Premier Boxing Champions and headlined by a heavyweight bout between former champion Andy Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) and Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs). The price to purchase the fights is $49.95.
The event will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
For Abel Ramos (26-4-2, 20 KOs), the older, more seasoned veteran of the Ramos family, his upcoming fight against Omar Figueroa (28-1-1, 19 KOs) has a real sense of urgency. It could be a turning point for his whole career if he wants to stay among the top fighters in a loaded welterweight division.
“The welterweight division, that’s the division to be in right now,” Ramos told PinalCentral. “There’s a lot of good fighters out there, a lot of top names. I see myself among the best, and I want to show it May 1 with a spectacular win against Figueroa.”
In his last fight, Ramos fought for a WBA title belt against Yordenis Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs). Ramos lost a split decision, although the Fox broadcast team and unofficial ringside scorer saw the fight as a lopsided win for Ugas.
Ramos feels he was more competitive in the fight than others have said, and he did rock Ugas twice. He is determined to show that not only can he bounce back from that fight but also that he learned a lot from going toe-to-toe with a guy like Ugas, considered a top-five welterweight in the world.
“I think Ugas was probably the best (boxer I’ve faced) just because of his counter-punching and his strength,” Ramos said. “But it definitely showed me that I can compete against those guys.”
Some observers criticized Ramos for not being aggressive enough against Ugas — although Ramos said he fought that way because Ugas is too dangerous of a counter-puncher to be reckless against. That likely won’t be a problem for Ramos against Figueroa, who likes to come forward and throw lots of punches.
That could lead to what Ramos predicted as an “action fight,” which Ramos has been known for in the past — fights like his slugfest with Ivan Baranchyk in 2017.
As for training back home at Ramos Boxing Club in Casa Grande, Ramos likes it for several reasons.
“I like the small-town feeling; we go to other big cities and the traffic, a week later, you become annoyed by all that stuff,” he said. “And here in Casa Grande, we can get to wherever we’re working out in like 10, 15 minutes.”
As a homebody, Ramos also enjoys being around family as much as possible. Now he’s ready to get back in the ring and have that winning feeling again May 1.
“This is a very important fight for me, for my career,” he said. “I gotta make a big statement with this fight, and that’s why I’m training hard, like never before, to make that statement.”
Turning pro just two years ago at age 18, Jesus has already built up several impressive victories in his 15 pro fights, 14 of which he has won by knockout. He turned 20 last month, and he’s looking at 2021 as a critical year in his development and ascent to the top of the welterweight division.
His opponent May 1 will be Javier Molina (22-3, 9 KOs), a former Olympian who many see as a significant step up in class. But the young Jesus isn’t fazed by facing better competition, mainly because he has sparred with former champions and elite welterweights.
Those sparring partners have even included welterweight Terence Crawford, who many boxing writers and analysts consider the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
“On paper, it is a big step up for me. Javier Molina has a lot of experience, he’s a 2008 Olympian,” Jesus said. “But I feel like I’m ready for this step up ... I’ve been in there with world champions like Terence Crawford. I feel like it’s time to start stepping up against these guys.”
Racking up the knockouts has led to a label of “knockout artist” for Jesus, but he said it’s more accurate at this point to call him a “power puncher.” And he’s eager to show that throwing bombs isn’t the only thing he can do in the ring. He said there’s much more to his arsenal that boxing fans haven’t seen yet.
Jesus thought he would get the chance to show some of that repertoire in his last fight against 33-year-old Jesus Bojorquez on Feb. 27. It turned out Bojorquez was severely overmatched by his younger opponent, and Jesus Ramos floored Bojorquez with a counter right hook in the second round.
A couple of clean follow-up punches resulted in the referee stepping in to stop the fight with 1:15 left in the second round.
Fighting on his first pay-per-view card is exciting for Jesus, who said he and and his family used to order big pay-per-view fights all the time when he was a kid and they would have cookouts on fight night.
Jesus wants five fights within the calendar year, and hopes for a title shot by the end of the year or early 2022. What matters now is Molina, and Jesus said fans who tune in can expect to see some “fireworks” and a good fight.
But Jesus also has his eyes on what lies ahead, and he isn’t shy about his desire to be the very best.
“As far as all the champions right now — Errol Spence and all them — I feel like eventually in a year or two I can beat them,” he said. “That’s the reason why I’m here. That’s the reason why I’m fighting. I want to win championships. I want to leave a mark on the sport.”