Jayson Velez Beats Mexico’s Ramirez on Golden Boy L.A. Card

LOS ANGELES-Puerto Rico’s Jayson Velez floored Mexico’s Daniel Ramirez with a pretty combination in the second round and it looked dire for Ramirez. But somehow the Mexican super featherweight survived and actually made it a good fight, to the amazement of the fans on Thursday.

Another strong, vibrant crowd yelled their lungs out at Belasco Theater and former world title challenger Velez (23-0-1, 16 Kos) showed what separates him from others in his weight class. Ramirez (11-3, 5 Kos) tried his best to keep up but fell shy on the Golden Boy Promotions fight card.

Velez was his usual patient self as he stalked Ramirez. When he finally opened up in round two, Ramirez went down hard and looked unlikely to continue. But he got up and actually rallied in the same round.

A real fight was on.

Ramirez tried his best to exchange with Velez, but it was like firing golf balls and getting cannonballs in return.

Velez tried hard to eliminate Ramirez but the Mexican proved too sturdy. The more the fight continued the more he seemed to figure out the Boricua. But figuring out was easier than beating Velez, who was too strong.

After 10 rounds, Velez was given the win by the judges 98-91 twice and 99-90.

“He came prepared to fight and war,” Velez said of Ramirez. “I thought I had him but he came back.”

Other bouts

In an East Coast versus West Coast matchup, it was California’s Carlos Morales (9-1-3, 3 Kos) winning by unanimous decision over New York City’s Emmanuel Gonzalez (14-2, 7 Kos) after eight rounds of a super featherweight contest. The judges scored it 80-72, 78-74 and 77-75 for Morales’ aggressive style over Gonzalez’s more technical stance.

“I have to go back and watch the tape,” said Morales. “I’m happy I got the victory.”

Gonzalez was gracious in defeat.

“He surprised me with his strength,” he said. “I had trouble making weight.”

Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (10-0, 9 Kos) of L.A. battered Houston’s Darryl Hayes (3-5) for six rounds in their lightweight bout. Gonzalez hurt Hayes in the first two rounds but the Texan hung on. After six rounds, the three judges scored it a unanimous decision win 60-52 for Gonzalez.

“I feel very happy with the outcome,” said Gonzalez, whose knockout string was stopped. “It was the first fight I won by decision and I’m glad my fans got to see more of my fight.”

Pablo Rubio (1-0) didn’t waste much time in taking out Ensenada, Mexico’s Julio Ynami (0-1). A four-punch combination by Rubio blitzed Ynami and dropped him early. Then, a left uppercut finished the job at 2:16 of the first round. Both fighters were making their pro debut.

“I was expected a knockout. And after training with a guy like Leo Santa Cruz I felt prepared and that it would come at some point,” said Rubio.



-oubobcat :

This was a good scrap and good piece of matchmaking by Golden Boy. Yes Velez won and won most every round but this was by and large a slugfest. Ramirez came to fight and win and not run and survive. He deserves credit and someone I hope Golden Boy brings back. Speaking of Golden Boy on Fox, has anyone else noticed that they have put together really good entertaining fights on this series since Schaefer left last year. Okay its not high quality but we have had some excellent competitive bouts. Though the biggest names are not involved, the competitveness and action in the fights have been far better than must anything PBC has put forward so far. I would personally much rather see a competitive fight between Carlos Molina and Mercito Gesta than a mismatch between Erislandy Lara and Delvin Rodriguez. Just my opinion anyway...

-StormCentre :

Golden boy have put some good fights together. Agree there. But in some ways - particularly since Richard has left and the top level boxing promotional scene (and/or that level just under it) has fractured, splintered and had some new heavy hitters come into the fray lately - Golden Girl both, has to do this and they also must use their LA fight club to successfully gain interest and launch new talent. If they stop at that (LA fight club) level, then things could, arguably, start to get rotten (or a bit smelly and desperate) from not just the top to the bottom, but also vice- versa. Not much for me to say about Velez than; A) Great win for him. B) I have already said;
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?21399-Jayson-Velez-Headlining-Thursday-s-LA-Fight-Club&p=83284&viewfull=1#post83284 :) :) :)