Jose Ramirez missed a scheduled fight at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore last September, and that bothered him. It would have been his first fight there.
But the 2012 U.S. Olympian, who grew up in Avenal about 30 miles south of Lemoore, had suffered a thumb injury during sparring, forcing him out of the card at Tachi.
This time, Ramirez is healthy and ready to go Saturday against Tomas Mendez in a scheduled 10-round super-lightweight bout for Ramirez’s World Boxing Council Continental Americas title. The card begins at 6:30 p.m.
The 23-year-old Ramirez (17-0, 12 knockouts) looks forward to the challenge against the 31-year-old Mendez (22-7, 14 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. The fight will be shown on tape delay at 11 p.m. as part of the “Solo Boxeo” series on UniMas, Comcast channel 12.
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Ramirez, rated No. 11 by the WBC, is coming off his first 10-round unanimous-decision win, against Manny Perez on an April 9 pay-per-view card in Las Vegas.
“Last fight, I was very excited, and it was my first PPV fight,” Ramirez said. “Went to Mexico for a few press conferences and got myself ready. I felt I was a little nervous, little tense (in the ring), and from now on I want to be me. Stay focused and stay hungry and humble and not get too ahead of myself. I want to make sure I go in there and let myself loose and go and fight the way I know how to fight.”
Other fights – Andy Vences of San Jose will put his undefeated record on the line against Moises Delgadillo of Guadalajara, Mexico, in an eight-round super-featherweight bout.
Vences is 15-0 with 10 knockouts, while Delgadillo is 17-14-2 and has eight knockouts.
“More than ready for my fight,” said Vences, who sparred with undefeated prospect Oscar Valdez. “To be the best, you have to spar the best, and it doesn’t get better than sparring somebody like Oscar Valdez.”
▪ Joe Louie Lopez of Fresno will face an opponent with a little more experience.
Lopez (8-0, 5 KOs) will fight Ernesto Martinez (11-10-1, 5 KOs) of San Diego in a six-round middleweight bout.
“Coming into this fight, I’m looking to make another statement,” Lopez said. “Besides being fly, flashy and a KO artist, I want to show movement and superior generalship. I want to dictate the pace of the fight from the opening bell.”
Sold out – Tickets to the fights are sold out for the outdoor venue.
6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore
- Lightweight: Jose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KOs) vs. Tomas Mendez (22-7, 14 KOs), 10 rounds
- Super-featherweight: Andy Vences (15-0, 10 KOs) vs. Moises Delgadillo (17-14-2, 8 KOs), eight rounds
- Middleweight: Joe Louie Lopez (8-0, 5 KOs) vs. Ernesto Martinez (11-10-1, 5 KOs), six rounds
- Lightweight: Eric Altamirano (7-0, 5 KOs) vs. Daniel Tran (4-4-1, 2 KOs), six rounds
- Middleweight: Quilisto Madera (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Rafael Valencia (3-2, 2 KOs), four rounds
- Super-lightweight: Hector Madera (debut) vs. Kevin Davila (1-2-2, 0 KOs), four rounds
- Featherweight: Efren Lopez (debut) vs. TBA, four rounds