Though Jose Ramirez has become a draw on his home turf and turned Fresno, California into what promoter Bob Arum calls “a boxing capital,” the veteran promoter knows that he’ll have to expand Ramirez’s base sooner than later, and says he’s looking to take him south, perhaps to the Staples Center, in the near future.
“Break him out with Southern California. In other words, we want to keep coming back with him to Fresno, but we have to mix it up to make him super big and known around the country.”
Ramirez (22-0, 16 KO) holds the WBC junior welterweight title and will return to defend it on July 7 in Fresno against Danny O’Connor. He’s got the style and the talent, it would seem, to become a star in the sport if things keep going well. If that sort of expansion into Los Angeles or the east coast — he beat Amir Imam in New York in March — goes well, Ramirez could be a true headline attraction in the near future.
And if nothing else, he’ll always have Fresno.