Ryusei Yoshida had seen enough of Jose Ramirez to know it was going to be hard to keep up with the 22-year-old former Olympian.
Ramirez had picked up the pace in the third round, landing a flurry of left hooks to Yoshida’s body — leaving the Japanese boxer to decide enough was enough.
Yoshida did not get up from his stool before the fourth round as Ramirez picked up his 12th knockout via referee technical decision in his first international professional fight at CotaiArena at The Venetican in Macao, China, on Saturday.
All along, Ramirez, who improved to 15-0, had an ideal how he wanted to approach his fight against Yoshida.
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What’s next for Jose Ramirez? A possible September fight in the central San Joaquin Valley.
“First round I started patient, adjusting to his style,” the Avenal native said. “Started to take control in the second and in the third round was very aggressive, letting my punches flow smooth, and finished it.”
Ramirez’s quick style didn’t allow Yoshida (26-8) to get in very many punches.
“I only thought he had one punch: overhand right. But I figured it out early and made him miss,” said Ramirez, who evaluated his performance a seven on a scale of 10.
Agent/promoter Rick Mirigian said he liked how Ramirez kept his poise from the beginning: “Ramirez ignored some taunts and trash talk antics by his opponent, and maintained his composure and respect during the bout.”
What’s next for Ramirez? A possible September fight in the central San Joaquin Valley.
For now, he will enjoy another victory while understanding he needs to keep improving.
“I need to be a little more relaxed before the fight and start a little faster,” he said.
Ramirez said the crowd for his first professional international fight was “amazing.”
“They stood up and cheered and really enjoyed my style of fighting,” he said.
Added Mirigian: “He was given a standing ovation and cheers from the Chinese fans as he walked out. He for sure captivated the crowd and arena.”