Junior welterweight prospect Jose Ramirez remained unbeaten tonight with a solid 10-round win over tough veteran Manny Perez, winning on unanimous decision scores of 97-93, 98-92, and 99-91. BLH's Wil Esco had it 99-91, while I had it 97-93, both cards for Ramirez.
Ramirez (17-0, 12 KO) did a lot of damage to Perez (25-12-1, 6 KO) in this fight, but Perez kept -- as HBO's Roy Jones Jr put it late in the fight -- coming on like a bulldog, no matter what. He was stunned a couple of times by sharp shots from Ramirez, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, but he was throwing shots with the prospect for all 30 minutes of this very entertaining pay-per-view opener, too.
Perez started pretty nicely in this fight, hanging tight with Ramirez in the early going, but Ramirez really took the momentum in the fourth round, which was probably his best of the fight. He outworked and outlanded Perez heavily in that round. From there, the fight was fought at a brisk pace, but with Ramirez clearly landing the more telling blows, even if those telling blows didn't get Perez to actually back off very much, no matter how bloodied and swollen his face became.
Ramirez showed a lot of why he's considered a top prospect, but did show some real flaws, especially defensively, which could be worrisome when considering his ceiling. But either way, he's going to be a fun fighter to watch develop, because he's an action fighter, plain and simple.
CompuBox numbers for the fight had Perez landing 202 of 677 (29.8%) of his total punches, including 170 of 447 (38%) of his power punches. Ramirez landed 278 of 751 (37%) total punches, and 207 of 451 (45.9%) of his power shots.