Top junior welterweight prospect Jose Ramirez wasted no time tonight in taking care of business against veteran David Rodela, knocking out the battle-tested 32-year-old in just 50 seconds, chopping him down with body shots.
Ramirez (12-0, 9 KO) had a size advantage, as he's a natural 140-pound fighter and Rodela is not, but this was a fine display of what makes the 22-year-old Californian such a promising young fighter. His body work is focused and vicious, and he throws with bad intentions all the time. He's very easy to get excited about, even if obviously a lot will have to change for him as the opponents get tougher and don't crumble on the first few shots out of the gate.
Still, Ramirez has yet to lose even a round in his first 12 fights, and of the 2012 U.S. Olympians who have gone pro, he's right up near the top of the list. He's an exciting fighter and one to watch.
On the undercard, heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr (23-0, 17 KO) stopped club fighter Kenny Lemos (12-9-2, 8 KO) at 2:18 of the first round. The 25-year-old Ruiz, noted for both his exceptional heavyweight hand speed and his exceptional flab, weighed in at 272¾ pounds for this fight, over 20 pounds more than his last fight in May against Manuel Quezada. It's not an encouraging sign.
Alabama welterweight Michael Finney (12-1-1, 10 KO) and Wilkins Santiago (11-0-2, 1 KO) went to a six-round draw in their fight, too.