Boxing Recap: No Ramirez, No Problem – Top Rank Results
Ramirez didn’t return home
In what was supposed to be a homecoming for WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez instead saw him as a member of the crowd as his opponent Danny O’Connor suffered a form of kidney failure forcing him to collapse, taken to a hospital and removed from the fight card altogether.
Ramirez will now more than likely return on September 14th in Fresno, CA at the same venue, the Save Mart Center to make his first title defense. Opponents who are on a short list of candidates are Mike Alvarado, who was in the arena last night, as well as Los Angeles, CA-based fighter Arnold Barboza Jr.
For Ramirez, the fight night was bittersweet as he was unable to defend his title on national television at home as well as show the progress he has made with Robert Garcia as at the media day Ramirez’s punches looked incredibly snappy.
Mean Machine, Ruiz Jr top undercard
Egidijus Kavaliauskas also known as “The Mean Machine” put together a forgettable learning lesson of a ten-round decision over Juan Carlos Abreu in the main event from The Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. The bout was close with people bickering at press row who won the fight, Kavaliauskas is continuing to plod forward like he did against lower level competition, but as he rises in the ranks against tougher opposition his limited tactical plan is becoming predictable. The bout had lots of holding with fighting in spirits as Abreu controlled the range the bout was dictated at.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. picked up a decision over Kevin Johnson. Ruiz Jr. looking to attempt to get another world title fight after coming up a bit short to Joseph Parker, but didn’t do anything to wow the crowd. He was dominant and at times hurt Johnson, but also choose to follow the veteran around the ring and smothered a lot of his punches.
Andy Vences returns
Super featherweight Andy Vences picked up a 10-round decision win over tough veteran Frank De Alba. Vences outpointed the crafty vet in a developmental fight that Vences hopes will land him the big fight he has been waiting for.
Gabe Flores Jr., Joseph Adorno
Blue-chip lightweight prospect Gabe Flores Jr. will make his California debut dropping his opponent in the first round, but inexperience in the later rounds saw him change his style as he was unable to stop his opponent. Flores Jr. is more than likely going to return at a rumored Stockton, Ca in the near future.
Massive power-puncher Joseph Adorno picked up a third-round knockout, but not without some problems as Adorno potentially lost the second-round only to make a statement in the final round. The fight was a developmental bout for Adorno, who has won all nine of his professional fights by knockout
Robert Garcia Boxing Academy super lightweight Ruben Rodriguez got a four-round decision after a long layoff.
Santos Ortega picked up a decisive four-round decision and beloved Fresno fighter Manuel Manzo fought to a draw with Sergio Lopez in a four-round bout.
Negrete gets a big win
Oscar Negrete made a statement defeating soundly veteran tough guy Diuhl Olguin in an eight-round bout. Negrete showed the ability to box and also out slug Olguin, who had been giving prospects problems in recent memory. Negrete solidified his status as top 15 bantamweight with the win.
Mexican Olympian Raul Curiel picked up a second-round knockout on the undercard as well as Blair Cobbs picked up a four-round decision.
Selina Barrios solidified herself amongst the top of the lightweight division such as Mikaela Mayer and Katie Taylor as she knocked out undefeated Aida Satybaldinova in a knockout of the year type manner. Barrios is one of the best boxers in the vibrant women
Harold Calderon in Florida
Welterweight prospect Harold Calderon dominated in Florida over the weekend. The aging prospect will continue to look for an opportunity as he did what was need at the club level to earn a fight that is broadcast nationally
Beibut Shumenov, 3x champ
Beibut Shumenov is now a three-time world champion as he won the WBA cruiserweight title over the weekend in a bout most didn’t see. Shumenov is best known for losing to Bernard Hopkins awhile back on Showtime.