Ramos, De Leon win in Burbank, sets stage for potential fight
Last night at the Marriott Events Center in Burbank, CA, Top Rank INC returned with another installment of “Solo Boxeo” headlined by junior featherweight Casey Ramos (24-1 6KOs) who edged veteran Miguel Beltran Jr. (31-6 21KOs) in a ten round fight.
Ramos, per usual, started somewhat slow, but came to life in the middle portion of the fight as his close proximity fight and awkward leaping overhand right to left combination seemingly couldn’t miss. The fifth round saw a bit of excitement when Beltran Jr. cut Ramos over the eye, but that forced Ramos to press the pace. The ninth saw a clash of heads cut Beltran Jr. open as well.
The judges scored the bout 96-94, 96-94 and 97-93 all for Casey Ramos.
In the co-main event junior featherweight rising prospect Erick De Leon (16-0 10KOs) continued his knockout streak as he stopped Daulis Prescott (31-5 23KOs), who is the brother of the man who knocked out Amir Khan, Breidis Prescott. De Leon knocked down Prescott in the second round and a bicep injury between rounds forced Prescott to have to retire on the stool.
The two top bouts taking place at same weight seems to foreshadow a potential clash between the two as De Leon seems to be fast tracked towards the title with his amateur pedigree and explosive knockout power with Ramos coming off a loss to other, junior featherweight prospect Andy Vences.
What would make sense is if Ramos and De Leon fought sometime close to the summer with the winner facing Andy Vences late this year, since both fighters have been rumored to fight Vences, but sources close to his camp have commented to ITRBoxing.com that Vences plans on a June return date with no official bout yet.
In the television swing bout, Arnold Barboza Jr. (16-0 6KOs) picked up a fifth round TKO victory over Markus Morris (10-3 6KOs). Barboza Jr. was cut over the eye in the third round by a head butt, the following two rounds saw Barboza drop Morris, the second time he hit the mat he wouldn’t get up