Humble kid, this Julian Ramirez (13-0 with 8 KOs), who fights on April 2 vs. 23-12 Raul Hidalgo on Fox Sports 1, on an LA Fight Club card.
I asked him who he saw fighting, among the top dogs, when he gets closer to that contender status, I asked him if he sees himself as a prospect, or more, and the kid answered back in humble terms. No trash talking, no callouts…And get this, he told me he lives with his grandma, because she is a wiz at the stove, and cooks all the stuff he likes. Yep, the kid, an aggressive lefty, can crack but his personality is a gentle one.
Managed by Joel De La Hoya, and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, I asked what he knows about his April 2 foe. “He's a club fighter, kind of like a brawler,” said ramirez, who impressed me with how light he is on his feet. “He brings it, the fight will not be a walk in the park, I'm not taking him lightly.” Ramirez, who does NOT go by the nickname “Little Canelo,” but rather answers to El Cameron, said that he last fought in November, and is chomping at the bit to be busy busy busy. He's “The Shrimp,” for the record, because he's fairly complected, and turns the shade of a cooked shrimp when his blood pumps hard. His great grandpa bestowed that tag, for the record.
“Yeah, Little Canelo, they tried to make the nickname that at the beginning, it's not really me.”
Joel DLH told me he's mightily impressed with the 22-year-old, who he's been with since his second pro fight. “He's a boxer/puncher, he likes Tyson, Chavez Sr., Finito Lopez, Sal Sanchez. He feels fighters now are going soft and should fight the best to prove themselves like real men! It should be a breakout year for Julian.”
The young boxer comes from boxing blood; his late uncle Genaro Hernandez was a more than fair pugilist, a super feather champ. “Me and him have different styles,” the prospect told me. “We do some things the same but I'm never really compared to him. Me, I can box and brawl, I'm an old school classic boxer. My greatest strength is my ring generalship, how I control the ring. And what do I need to work on? Everything. I try to get better every day. There's not a day that goes by that I can't get better.”
I tried to gauge where he sees himself now. “I'll say I'm a prospect, I want more chances to prove myself. I will stay ready and my time will come. I want to fight the best though. And in two years, who am I targeting? All the champions, I don't want to say a certain someone, and then he's not the champ. Whoever is the champ, I want the big fights.”
OK, one name..does the East La-er does watch Carl Frampton fight, and ponders going to Ireland and battling him. “I want to travel the world,” Ramirez said. That'd mean leaving grandma's cooking behind for a spell, I guess. “She's always reading books coming up with recipes to please me,” he said. “But I always burn it off,” he said, in closing.
LA FIGHT CLUB: Ramirez vs. Hidalgo is a 10-round featherweight
bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
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