By Francisco Salazar
As if being undefeated and having one of the more respected boxing managers was not enough, three young fighters will now have a major promoter on their side. Unbeaten fighters Luis Ramos, Carlos Molina, and Ronny Rios signed exclusive promotional contracts with Golden Boy Promotions on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles. All three will see action on Thursday, July 30th at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
Whereas most Southern California media and fight fans have kept tabs on the young fighters since their professional debuts a few years ago, one individual took notice on the fighters.
“I followed Luis, Carlos and Ronny as they went through the amateur ranks, immediately recognized their talent and watched how they have gotten better and better with each fight,” said De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “I see a great future in this game for all three of them, both in and out of the ring. While Los Angeles area fans already know this, the rest of the world is going to find out about them very soon.”
All three fighters are managed by Frank Espinoza, one of the more respected boxing managers not just in Southern California, but also broad. He also manages 122 pound champion Israel Vazquez.
“I’ve been privileged to work with these fine young men for a while now and given their potential, Golden Boy Promotions was the only firm we considered teaming up with on our way to world championships,” said Espinoza, whose son Frankie works the corner of all three fighters. “Oscar and his team are the gold standard when it comes to boxing promotion and we couldn’t be in better hands.”
Luis Ramos (11-0, 6 KO’s) is scheduled to face hard-hitting veteran Sandro Marcos in a six round bout. Opponents for Rios and Molina will be announced shortly.
Eric Gomez, Vice President and matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, stated that the signing of these three fighters is part of a major goal for the company.
“Oscar feels that we have to start signing prospects,” explained Gomez, who is a childhood friend to De La Hoya. “These are young prospects that we did good background checks on. They have a clean image and a crossover appeal as Mexican-Americans. They have a strong amateur pedigree and we will do our best jobs to get them towards a world title.”
“They will fit in well at Club Nokia,” added Gomez.
For Ramos, an undefeated Lightweight prospect, he has already tasted what it was like fighting on a Golden Boy Promotions card. Last month, Ramos knocked out veteran Baudel Cardenas in the fifth round of a six round fight.
Fighting on television has increased his exposure to fight fans and he hopes that it will parlay into more success.
“I felt very excited to where my fans saw me in person and people were watching me on T.V.,” said Ramos, who won 120 amateur fights after first putting on the gloves at the age of seven.
“I appreciate Oscar and Golden Boy for signing me. I’m working hard because there is someone who is trying to take what I have now. Someone is trying to take my dream. It’s a matter of showing my skills and working hard.”
Molina (7-0, 3 KO’s) is a fellow Lightweight who resides in nearby Commerce. The 20 year old is a former National Amateur champion.
Rios (5-0, 2 KO’s) is a National Golden Gloves and a two-time United States Amateur champion. Rios is 19 years old and will compete at the Super Bantamweight limit. Like Ramos, Rios resides in Santa Ana.