Ramirez Looks To Overwhelm Hooker

After two defenses on his home turf, WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez plans to ruin Maurice Hooker’s homecoming and take the WBO title back to Fresno, California.

The two face off on Saturday night from the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, minutes away from Hooker’s hometown of Dallas.

“I want to overwhelm him as I think I have things that he’s never seen in another fighter,” said Ramirez heading into fight night. “That has to do with overall ring IQ, speed, power, rhythm, and pace when I fight, a little bit of everything. My amateur experience allows me to be able to do that, as some fighters expect only one aspect of me, one good punch or my power, but then my speed shocks them, they believe I just come forward but then my angles surprise them. You must be able to adapt in a moment in these big fights and I know that I can do that to take control of this fight.

“He’s got reach, he keeps distance well and takes his time to put his punches together. He’s hungry and humble, he’s a family man and he’s pushing himself to do it for them. I have qualities that I know can work against a fighter like Maurice and we’re working on them hard.

“Boxing is a lonely sport. It’s very mentally demanding and we know the sacrifices that we’ve gone through to get here and we know what is coming, we’re both in for a tough fight, so the least we can do outside the ring is respect each other.

“I’m not the type of fighter to talk to get under someone’s skin or to get hype over the fight, Ramirez continued. “I won’t be someone I am not and never will be, but when I go in the ring I don’t recognize myself, I become something else. He knows he’s in for a tough fight too and that’s why he’s showing me respect and that’s who he is outside the ring too. Watching him at the first press conference show up with his wife and kids, that showed me the type of guy he is and that’s my entourage too, my son and my family. We’re similar but once the bell rings it all goes away until the final bell.

“This is the perfect time for this fight, everything plays out for a reason. We’ve both defended our titles a few times so why not go now? I’m only 26 and feel that I have a long career ahead of me still no matter what happens, so this fight can only put me in a better position. If it’s a great fight we can do it again and I think we’ve both earned this.

“Not too many people become Olympians, and not too many World champions become unified,” the 2012 Olympian told Matchroom Boxing in a press release. “I’ve already achieved one of those things as an amateur and now I want to achieve unification as a pro.”

Hooker and Ramirez headline a card featuring an IBF world super featherweight title defense against mandatory challenger Guillaume Frenois.

 

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