When Jose Ramirez returns to action on July 7 for the first defense of his WBC junior welterweight title against Danny O’Connor, he’ll have a new face in his corner.
ESPN reports that Ramirez felt he wasn’t enough of a priority with Roach, instead often working with assistant Marvin Somodio on fight nights. Garcia has assured Ramirez (22-0, 16 KO) that he will make him a priority.
From Rick Mirigian, Ramirez’s manager:
“Being a world champion, now he has a new set of needs and to meet those needs this was a necessity. We’re grateful to Freddie and to Marvin. They will always be a part of Jose, but getting Jose situated for the next chapter of his career from a need standpoint was a priority. ... Jose is Robert’s No. 1 priority. Jose has his time at the gym as a priority. Robert was able to meet the needs Jose has now.”
It sounds like a perfectly amicable split, and an understandable one. Do you expect anything different from Ramirez now that he’s with Garcia? Will this be a positive going forward?