As we enter the month of December and start to countdown the final days of 2016, or start thinking about what New Year's resolution we’ll all make for the New Year, there’s one last thing that’s on the agenda for Jose Ramirez. (18-0-0; 13 KOs) The WBC Continental Americas super lightweight champion wants to end the year a perfect 3-0, and spring forward to a big 2017. Before anyone toast to the New Year, Ramirez has to deal with late replacement Issouf "Volcano" Kinda (18-3-0; 7 KOs) who took the fight short noticed, and is fighting for the first time in the west coast, as Kinda comes from the Bronx, New York. ‘Fight for Water 6’ will take place from a sold out Save Mart Center in Fresno,California. Being showcased on Top Rank Boxing Solo Boxeo series airing on UniMas 11 pm ET/PT. Ramirez was slated to fight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero, a major step up in competition for Ramirez. As to the sudden change of opponent is anybody's guess, but Ramirez manager had his. “I just think he had second thoughts about fighting Jose (Ramirez) I think maybe reality set in and he backed out.” Rick Mirigian
Ramirez, coming off a month long training session in the philippines with Manny Pacquiao to get him ready for the Jessie Vargas fight, relishes every opportunity he has to step in the ring with the future Hall of Famer. “My confidence goes up as a fighter, makes the fights easier when training camps are hard. And the reason I say training camps are hard, because I really pushed Manny (Pacquiao). He pushes me as a young fighter to stay sharp and motivated in and out of the ring.” Jose Ramirez
Ramirez, prepares hard for moments like this. He trains hard for moments like this. He’s going into his third fight of the year, and he says he could’ve fought more. That is why he eyes a big 2017, and it starts by training and keeping in shape. “I want to begin training early next year, to get ready. This year I fought three times and I felt I could’ve fought four times, so next year my goal is to stay active, to stay strong, if that means I have to fight four times, I’m willing to fight four times. I definitely want to step it up in competition, to gain the opportunity to fight with the best already, it's just a matter of me gaining that opportunity.” Jose Ramirez His promoter and manager agrees. “I think Jose will get his first title shot, I’m anticipating being here (Fresno) in the latter part of 2017. My goal would be to have it at the Save Mart Center to end the year, and make it an annual tradition of having him fight in december.” Rick Mirigian
WHO DOES RAMIREZ HAVE HIS EYES ON?
“Right now I’d like to get in the ring with Ricky Burns (41-5-1;14 KOs) for the WBA World super lightweight title and that will allow me to make a name for myself, and it would allow fighters like Terrance Crawford (29-0-0; 20 KOs) who holds 2 titles (WBC, WBO) to give me that opportunity, because he won't fight someone like me if I dont have the title, because he has too much of a risk and not much of a reward. So I think my way in would be to fight for the WBA or the IBF.” Jose Ramirez Something is for certain, tonight at the Save Mart Center the champ looks to put everyone on notice for 2017.