Written by Tré Berry III | 05/19/2021
When the name 🇺🇸Jose Carlos Ramirez (26-0-0, 17KO👊) pops up in your head, or becomes a talking point in a boxing discussion, I can speak for all of us when I say…there is no filler associated to his name, and he is one that is always willing to get down to business with a no-nonsense disposition, void of gameplaying.
Ramirez is also one who is more concerned about putting the work in the gym, and showing the result of that 🪵work come fight time, as opposed to being the media-savvy personality who goes out of his way to find the crowd of cameras with the intent to cause a media frenzy via caption, or soundbite.
Ramirez currently holds the WBC & WBO Junior-Welterweight World Titles, and has his sights set on more, looking to unify the other 3 titles to his pair, to become Undisputed World Champion. Very much like his fellow adversary 🏴Josh Taylor come Saturday night, Jose has never taken the easy route to get to where he’s at, and it more than shows in his resume.
All you need to do is to go back to 2017, to when he faced his first unbeaten opponent at contender level, that being Maryland’s 🇺🇸Mike Lee. Ramirez blasted him away in 2 rounds, which got the boxing pantheon talking. Where Ramirez made his name was in his next fight when he faced, and defeated once highly touted talent 🇺🇸Amir Imam, to win his first title, that being the WBC strap he still holds today.
Following this pivotal bout was a battle of Mexican blood, as he faced undefeated powerpunching 🇲🇽Antonio Orozco, a bout where if it were closer would have garnered some 2018 FOTY votes, but Ramirez throughout all 12 rounds gave Orozco a painful beating, putting him down, and rocking him many times en route to a wide unanimous decision victory.
Now Ramirez had all he could handle against seasoned boxer-puncher 🇺🇸Jose “Chon” Zepeda, having to climb up out of a deficit, and according to judges, did just enough to eek out a Majority Decision verdict over Zepeda in what was perhaps the most difficult assignment of his career up to this point.
With the world somewhat doubting his positioning in the division after the Zepeda fight, and questioning his skillset, Ramirez rebounded with his public perception in his next bout, which was a Unification Title bout with the undefeated 🇺🇸Maurice “Mo” Hooker. The fight was a strong 2019 Fight of the Year candidate, and Ramirez once again showed the inner dog that only comes out when a fighter brings it out of him.
Both fighters had their moments in a close, riveting scrap through 5, but Ramirez big opportunity manifested in the sixth round when he hurt Mo with a big 💥right cross that staggered him, and Jose Ramirez’s predatorial instincts came roaring to the surface level, and bombarded Hooker till he was gone, out on his feet, and beyond until the Referee jumped in to save the defenseless Hooker from serious damage.
Ramirez celebrated big time, fully understanding what he just did in pairing the WBC and WBO Titles together, defeating a revered unbeaten fighter, and the manner in which he did it. This was the performance that truly put him on global notice, and boxing fans through most corridors began to start ranking him as one of the two, or three best in the division, with some even considering ⚓Top-10 P4P placement.
Normally, a fighter after his greatest victory, would circle back around and take a soft touch in terms of an opponent, which is perfectly fine to do…but Ramirez decided to go after one of the best boxers of the division in 🇺🇦Viktor “Iceman” Postol, who till this day seems to get avoided, or be the odd man out of the overall picture.
Postol reassured why he still ranks with the best of them, as his outside boxing gave Ramirez problems – something that Jose struggles with stylewise. Ramirez, much like the Zepeda fight, dug deep in the last two-thirds of the fight, making the fight virtually even after the 🛎️final bell was sounded.
Another Majority Decision verdict went on Ramirez behalf, and he felt fortunate to keep his belts, with the looming prospects of going Undisputed with fighting Taylor, as that bout had already been in talks, and with this being the last hurdle that Ramirez had to cross in order to clear the way.
His bout with Taylor will mean that he will have fought 4 big fights in a row against the elite of the Junior-Welterweight division, thus firmly establishing him as a tough as 🧱bricks risk taker, who doesn’t understand the meaning of game playing. Quite frankly, if other top fighters at a higher percentage clip went about their business the way that Jose Ramirez has in his burgeoning career, then boxing as a whole would be far better off than it is now in its current state.
Quite frankly, I can pin that distinction to the entire top of the Junior-Welterweight division, as they’ve had the old school disposition of going after it, and taking the tough assignments immediately whenever they present themselves – Something that the loaded, but stagnating Welterweight class a division up north needs to 📄take note of, and needs to follow suit.
Both Josh Taylor, and Jose Carlos Ramirez lead the pack to represent their division in how boxing should be approached especially in current time, but Ramirez is one that can be pegged as the 🐕pitbull of the division, looking to do whatever it takes, and fight whoever in order to get to his main goal, willing to walk through anybody that stands in his path.