The wait is over for Jose Ramirez, who's not in the mood to wait long before climbing back into the ring.
After a two-month break, the Avenal sensation and 2012 U.S. Olympian is in action Saturday night when he faces Miami's Javier Perez in a scheduled six-round super lightweight bout at the Energy Center in Laredo, Texas.
"I'm looking forward to this," said Ramirez, who tipped the scales at just over 141 pounds at Friday's weigh-in. "The last two weeks I've been really focused. I have the butterflies inside me now. Two weeks ago it hit me that I'm going to be in the ring again so I got these small butterflies, but I've been training hard for the past seven weeks. Feel excited, but it's good."
The fight is part of the Gilberto Ramirez/Don Mouton (super middleweight) card.
Ramirez's bout, a co-main event, is scheduled to go off about 8 p.m. PST but will be on tape delay at 11 p.m. on Univision's UniMas, the former Telefutura, as part of the Solo Boxeo Tecate series.
Ramirez, 21, is 7-0 with five knockouts -- all in the first round. He last fought in November when he sent Erick Hernandez to the canvas 15 seconds into the bout at Golden Eagle Arena in Lemoore.
Trainer Armando Mancinas understands Ramirez's opponents likely will only get tougher. Despite Perez's 8-6 record with five KOs, Mancinas said he still presents a challenge.
"He's a good, durable opponent," Mancinas said. "Not as technical as Jose, but he's going to give him a good fight.."
Perez, a 29-year-old originally from Puerto Rico, suffered a unanimous decision loss in May against Felix Diaz. Perez has lost two straight.
Mancinas and Ramirez studied film of Perez when he fought Sadam Ali in 2011. Ali knocked out Perez in the third round.
"He can take a punch," Mancinas said. "We're hoping that it goes at least three rounds."
In preparation, Ramirez has sparred with undefeated light welterweight Jonathan Garcia (13-0, 11 KOs) and welterweight Oscar Godoy (14-2, 6 KOs).
Unlike 2013 when Ramirez generally started fast en route to quick knockouts, he expects to have to be a different fighter this year.
"I'm going to go in there more composed and be a little bit more patient," he said. "This guy I'm fighting has fought eight rounds before so now he's going to fight six rounds so I don't want to throw every punch with a lot of power. If I hurt this guy, then I'll jump on him, but boxing is more like technical skills so I want to be more patient and stay composed."
Salazar to fight Feb. 15
Fresno's Gary Salazar also was to have fought Saturday in Laredo, but Top Rank decided to push him back.
The Fresno resident will now fight Feb. 15 against debuting Carlos Salazar at the Robert Lee Activity Center in Hawaiian Gardens, about 20 miles south of Los Angeles.
The featherweight bout is scheduled for four rounds and also will be on UniMas.
Salazar made his pro debut on the Lemoore card with a first-round KO of Christian Gonzalez.
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