Jose Ramirez will defend his WBC super lightweight world title on July 7 at the Save Mart Center against Danny O'Connor.
O'Connor (30-3, 11 KOs) is from Framingham, Mass. He last fought on March 17 when he defeated Steve Claggett by unanimous decision to win the WBC International silver super lightweight title.
“It has been my dream to become a world champion,” Ramirez said. “It’s now my duty to defend this belt at home for my city, fans and everything I fight for. I’m blessed to have this opportunity.”
It was thought his opponent would be mandatory challenger Regis Prograis. Instead, he’ll be fighting a week later in New Orleans before competing in the World Boxing Super Series 8-man tournament in the 140-pound division.
Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) won the then-vacant WBC title when he defeated Amir Imam by unanimous decision on March 17 in New York City.
Undercard bouts include central San Joaquin Valley prospects Bryan Lua, Isidro Ochoa and Gabe Flores Jr.
Ramirez’s fight will be shown on ESPN.
Fans who purchase tickets to Ramirez/O’Connor will also receive a free voucher to attend the May 26 card at the Save Mart Center.
The May 26 world championship doubleheader card features 115-pound world champions Jerwin Ancajas and Kal Yafai in separate bouts.
Tickets for Ramirez/O'Connor, priced $10-$150, went on sale May 10 at the box office and ticketmaster.com.
Anthony Galaviz: @agalaviz_TheBee