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Hooker vs Ramirez results: Jose Ramirez stops Maurice Hooker in 6, unifies 140lb titles

Jose Ramirez, Tevin Farmer, and Tramaine Williams all scored wins tonight on DAZN.

Maurice Hooker v Jose Ramirez Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

There were three fights on tonight’s DAZN card, headlined by a junior welterweight title unification between Maurice Hooker and Jose Ramirez. Let’s have a rundown of the action...

MAURICE HOOKER vs JOSE RAMIREZ

Jose Ramirez came up big in an action-packed fight in DAZN’s main event, stopping Maurice Hooker at 1:48 in Round 6 to unify WBC and WBO junior welterweight titles. This fight was expected to be one of the best fights on the boxing schedule this year, and completely lived up to its billing to deliver an amazing fight for the fans.

The fight started out with Hooker (26-1-3, 17 KOs) landing some long shots, using his frame to keep a bouncing Ramirez at bay. But Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) would charge forward and step on Hooker’s foot which knocked Hooker of balance and to the canvas, with the referee incorrectly ruling it a legitimate knockdown. That put Hooker behind the 8-ball to start the fight.

In the proceeding rounds Hooker started making better use of his reach to land clean jabs and right hands on Ramirez at range, but whenever Ramirez was able to get into Hookers chest and along the ropes he strafed him with clean hooks to the head and body. The two fighters made a conscious effort to apply themselves to their advantages, and both fighters had real success against one another in doing so. That made for a lot of back-and-forth action even though the fight didn’t last through six.

In that sixth round Ramirez was able to time Hooker with a well placed left hook during an exchange, stunning Hooker badly and sending him into the ropes. Ramirez wouldn’t miss a beat and jumped on Hooker while landing several clean head shots that seemed to put Hooker out on his feet, and the referee immediately stepped in to wave off the fight.

In the post-fight interview Ramirez admitted that his first round knockdown wasn’t really a knockdown and said he knew this wouldn’t be an easy fight and knew that he had to let go of punches whenever he could close the distance. Ramirez continued to say he’ll look to further unify world titles against the winner of Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor who will be fighting in the WBSS finals this fall.

TEVIN FARMER vs GUILLAUME FRENOIS

Junior lightweight titleholder Tevin Farmer successfully defended his IBF title against mandatory challenger Guillaume Frenois tonight on DAZN. Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KOs) would easily outbox Frensois (46-2-1, 12 KOs), who was woefully outclassed, and take a unanimous decision win on scores of 119-108, and two cards of 116-111. BLH scored the fight 109-108 for Farmer.

Farmer would just demonstrate that he was just too classy and too slick for Frenois, and flashed his fancy defense while continually peppering Frenois to the body. At one point in the 10th round Farmer would have a point deducted on a low blow, but that really ended up making no difference in the outcome.

CompuBox stats had Farmer landing 167 of 636 total punches (26.3%) while Frenois landed only a mere 75 of 425 total punches (17.6%) over the distance.

In the post-fight interview Farmer was told that Gervonta Davis had called him out for a unification match, but Farmer largely brushed off the idea by saying that Davis can say whatever he wants but Mayweather Promotions has other ideas in mind for Davis. Farmer says he’s moved on from Davis and if the fight happens, it happens, and if it doesn’t, he doesn’t care.

TRAMAINE WILLIAMS vs YENIFEL VICENTE

In the opening fight of main card, super bantamweight Tramaine Williams earned a tough unanimous decision over Yenifel Vicente on two official scores of 97-91, and 96-92. BLH also scored the fight 96-92 in favor of Willams.

In the fight Williams (19-0, 6 KOs) showcased his slick southpaw style, with some flashes of the late great Pernell Whitaker — at least for the first half, anyway. But by the middle rounds Williams was standing right in the pocket with Vicente (35-4-2, 27 KOs), taking numerous shots below the belt. Vicente would end up getting deducted two points in the fight, with opportunities to lose plenty more, but he did make a go of it and started landing clean shots which earned him some rounds along the way.

Final CompuBox stats had Williams landing 187 of 566 total punches (33%) while Vicente landed 116 of 549 total punches (21.1%).

In the post-fight interview Williams said he was ready to take on Emmanuel Navarrate or Daniel Roman, saying he doesn’t care about his regional belts and is only looking forward to world titles.

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