Jose Ramirez Records First Win Since Losing Unified Belts, Richard Torrez Wins In Bloody Pro Debut
Jose Ramirez knew there was only one way to bounce back from his first career loss back in May of 2021.
And that was to win. But Ramirez did so in dominating fashion. The California native defeated Jose Pedraza via unanimous decision.
Ramirez put pressure on his opponent from the opening bell. In the first round, Ramirez almost immediately pushed Pedraza halfway across the ring.
In the second round, Ramirez continued controlling the fight, causing Pedraza to stay on the defensive, which became a common strategy throughout the fight. Pedraza seemed to struggle to get his offensive attacks going.
Halfway through the bout, Ramirez began to slow down, and that was all that Pedraza needed to find some type of rhythm. He caught Ramirez against the ropes and gained control from the distance.
Ramirez was able to turn it back around during the second half, and returned to pressuring his opponent.
Pedraza fired in the 12th and final round, but Ramirez still won in the eyes of the judges with scorecards of identical 116-112.
The win has made some fans argue that Ramirez should get the opportunity to become a two-time champion.
On the same card, Olympic heavyweight silver medalist Richard Torrez won in his pro debut via knockout against Allen Melson in the second round of a scheduled six-round fight.
Torrez caught Melson with a left hand in the first round. Melson got back to his feet, but then the Olympian got him with a second knockdown, but referee Marcos Rosales waved his arms, indicating it was a slip.
In the final seconds of the opening round, Torrez’s right eye bled profusely after a collision of heads.
But Torrez still managed to score two more knockdowns, which put Melson on his back.
Torrez lost to Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the gold-medal match this past August in Tokyo.