Jesus Ramos vs. Naim Nelson

Jesus Ramos, right, sticks a jab in the face of Naim Nelson during a 144-pound fight Saturday at Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Jesus Ramos walked into the ring Saturday night looking confident. His performance then backed it up, as he grabbed a stoppage victory in another show of his knockout power.

In a 144-pound catchweight bout, Ramos (14-0, 13 KOs) thoroughly dominated veteran Naim Nelson (14-5, 1 KO), resulting in a fourth-round TKO win at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall.

Nelson’s corner had seen him take enough of a beating after the fourth round ended. Nelson’s trainer told the referee he didn’t want his fighter to continue, and fight was stopped.

For Casa Grande’s Ramos, 19, it was the latest impressive performance in a career that appears destined for a world title.

Nelson, 30, was overmatched from the start, as the bigger, taller and younger Ramos stalked his way forward, pushing Nelson into the ropes and forcing him to cover up for the majority of the fight.

After feeling his way out in the first two rounds and occasionally landing a stinging jab, Ramos began to unload some punishing body shots in Round 3. Then Ramos landed an overhand left to Nelson’s head, knocking him to the canvas. Nelson survived the round, but he was just barely holding on.

In Round 4, Ramos unleashed more withering punches to the body and scored another knockdown with a clean right hook that sent Nelson sprawling backward into the ropes.

Ramos began to find the range with punches to Nelson’s head as well, opening up a cut. When the bell signaled the end of the round, Nelson walked back to his corner battered and bloodied. Ramos was again victorious.

Throwing mostly power shots, Ramos landed 47 of 182 total punches (26%), while Nelson connected on just 10 of 82 (12%).

Ringside announcer and renowned trainer Joe Goossen referred to Ramos as a “monster” more than once during the evening. Top welterweight contender and former world champion Shawn Porter, also calling the fight for the Fox broadcast, said Ramos fights with a maturity and intelligence that belies his youth.

Goossen said Ramos will grow into his 5-foot-10 frame the next few years, and he expects him to move up a weight class or two, even predicting that he could someday fight at middleweight.

Ramos mainly fights at junior welterweight (140 pounds), but he will likely move up to welterweight in the near future.

A week before the fight, during an episode of PinalCentral’s Retro Rewind podcast, Ramos said he feels good fighting at 140 for now.

“Originally I was fighting at 140, and it started getting really, really tough to make (weight), but like I said, we’ve been working with a nutritionist, so things have been going a lot more smooth,” he said. “So I think I’m gonna feel more comfortable at 140 ... I feel like I haven’t fit the 147 (weight class) just yet, but in a couple more years, we’ll be able to grow into it. As of right now, 140 suits me a lot better.”

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Brian Wright is the sports editor at PinalCentral. He can be reached at bwright@pinalcentral.com.