By Miguel Maravilla
While most the buzz is about Saturday night’s instant classic between super lightweight stars Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, there were two other significant bouts on the undercard featuring fighters in the same weight division.
Unbeaten Terrance Crawford was victorious in his first big HBO-televised test, scoring a one-sided unanimous decision against the always tough Columbian slugger Breidis Prescott (who gave Mike Alvarado all he could handle 16 months ago). Crawford took the fight on just two week’s notice, moving up in weight as he normally fights at 130.
“When they called me I was like let’s go and I was all for it,” said Crawford at the post fight press conference.
“Everyone was telling me he is a bigger guy and a puncher but I didn’t feel his punches. I wanted to get in there and mix it up but we stuck to the game plan.” Crawford boxed well, jabbing and circling the ring as he remained unbeaten and improved to 20-0, 15 KOs.
“I am ready to see what’s next. I will go in there and just handle business,” Crawford concluded.
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The other notable super lightweight bout featured 2012 U.S Olympian Jose Ramirez (2-0, 2KO) of Avenal, California. Ramirez scored a first round KO over Charlie Dubray.
“We have a young man that made short work of his opponent,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, “he’s going to be a great fighter!”
Ramirez commented “I want to thank everyone and God for this opportunity. It’s a big honor for me to show my talent on such a big stage. Now it’s time for me to go back to the gym and get ready for the next fight.”
It might be awhile before Ramirez is in the ring with the likes of Alvarado, Rios or Crawford, but a bright future is expected for the talented 20-year-old who was widely viewed as the best pro prospect from the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
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