On Saturday, former light-weight titlist Richard Commey faces former unified junior welterweight beltholder Jose Ramirez on the Save Mart Area in Fresno, California.
Commey, who has shared a hoop with the likes of Robert Easter Jr., Ray Beltran, Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko, welcomes the chance to share a hoop with Ramirez.
“It’s an incredible battle for me,” Commey (30-4-1, 27 knockouts) advised The Ring. “Simply the kind of battle I used to be on the lookout for because it’s my dream to change into a two-weight world champion and combating somebody of Jose Ramirez’s stature being a former unified world champ and the WBC making this an eliminator is ideal for me at this stage of my profession.”
The 36-year-old got here up the onerous means in his native Ghana. He then moved operations to Europe earlier than settling in America, the place his final eight fights have taken place.
“All through my profession, as a rule, I’ve been the B-side or have had to enter somebody’s hometown so it’s nothing new to me,” he mentioned. “In actual fact, I’m wanting ahead to it.
“When you get within the ring it’s simply me and him, the followers can’t assist him and I might be centered on my mission. I’ll depart no stone left unturned in my preparation to get the victory.”
The stylish veteran isn’t one to trash discuss and has nothing however respect for Ramirez however is beneath no phantasm of what he might be up towards.
“[He’s an] glorious fighter, you don’t change into a unified world champion with out being a grasp of your craft,” he mentioned. “He’s an excellent technical boxer with a great engine, he picks his photographs nicely and has an excellent chin and excessive punch output, he comes ahead with aggression so I’ll must carry my A recreation.
“I’ve the upmost respect for his achievements within the ring and I’ve heard he conducts himself very respectfully exterior the ring so I’m actually wanting ahead to locking horns with him.”
Commey’s long-time supervisor, Michael Amoo-Bediako, felt this was the right battle for his cost at this stage of his profession.
“We have been supplied a few different fights however I didn’t suppose they have been proper for Richard, for the place he’s, and for what he desires in his profession proper now however as quickly as Ramirez was on the desk, I felt it was the appropriate battle for Richard and he agreed,” defined Amoo-Bediako. “Jose is a high-profile fighter and a former unified champion and with Richard wanting change into a two-weight world champ and each fighters extremely ranked it was crucial that the battle was made as an eliminator for the WBC title.
“I really consider that kinds make fights and Ramirez is made for Richard and I can not see some other consequence aside from a Commey victory.”
Each fighters wish to go ahead and this must be an interesting encounter. Ramirez is in his prime and naturally the larger man.
Ramirez, (27-1, 17 KOs), The Ring’s No. 2-rated junior welterweight, represented the U.S on the 2012 Olympics. He moved steadily within the professional ranks earlier than hitting world stage. Ramirez gained the vacant WBC title towards Amir Imam (UD 12) and defended his title towards Antonio Orozco (UD 12) and Jose Zepeda (MD 12) earlier than unifying with WBO titlist Maurice Hooker (TKO 6). He then turned again the difficult problem of Viktor Postol (MD 12).
The 30-year-old misplaced his titles when he confronted fellow unified champion Josh Taylor (UD 12) once they contested the undisputed championship. Has rebounded to beat former two-division beltholder Jose Pedraza (UD 12). He has caught the ire of some followers for showing to step away from a battle with WBC titlist Regis Prograis as an alternative electing to face Commey.
Ramirez-Commey, plus undercard, might be broadcast on ESPN at 10:00 ET/ 7:00 PT.
COMMEY DRAWS WITH PEDRAZA
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