By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Carlos Baeza
Undefeated featherweight prospect Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (10-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles will co-headline tonight against rugged veteran Carlos Rodriguez (18-13-4, 10 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Fightnews.com caught up with Ramirez as he trained at a home gym in Pico Rivera, California, five miles southeast of Los Angeles.
“I am fighting Carlos Rodriguez,” said Ramirez told Fightnews.com. “I know he fought “Jo Jo” (Joseph Diaz Jr.), he stays in the pocket. I am training for everything and waiting for whatever. Training is cool conditioning, sparring, everything was good. the weight is fine. I am ready to go!”
Ramirez will invade the Windy City for the first time as he looks to make a solid impression for his fans in the Midwest.
“I am excited. I’ve never been to Chicago. In the amateurs I went almost everywhere except Chicago but I don’t like the cold weather,” Ramirez said chuckling away.
El Camaron (The Shrimp) is far from being a shrimp. “I got that nickname when I was a little boy. I used to train, sweat, and get red. My great grandpa used to say that I am cooked like a shrimp and from there it caught on,” Ramirez on his alias.
Coming into the ring rocking his black cowboy hat, Ramirez looks to keep the cowboy trend going as current WBO super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia also sports a cowboy hat, and in recent years Mexican superstar Jorge Arce walked into the ring wearing a cowboy hat. “My mom’s side of family, they’re all ranchers from Mexico. My great grandfather gave me that hat before my first fight, he is really proud of me.”
Hailing from the tough streets of East L.A from a working class family as well as a fighting family, Ramirez is the great nephew of former world champion Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez, who faced many greats including Oscar De La Hoya, Azumah Nelson, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I never talked to him about boxing. He wanted me to stay in school to do something else. I do look up to him because he was a former world champion,” Ramirez said about his late, great uncle who sadly passed away in 2011.
This will be RAmirez’ second fight of 2014 as he is coming off a unanimous decision win against the always flashy and dangerous Derrick Wilson this past January. Coming into the fight, Wilson who had a reputation of handing unbeaten prospects their first defeat, made Ramirez work every round of the fight.
“It was a good fight. I wanted the KO but the fight was like fighting in the amateurs as far as his fast hands and style. It was a learning experience,” Ramirez said.
Managed by Joel de la Hoya, Ramirez shows lots of promise. The southpaw who recently turned 21 years old has stopped six of his ten opponents since turning pro a little over two years ago. “I want to fight as much as possible this year. We don’t have any plans as far as what fights we want, but just keep fighting,” Ramirez said. Ramirez vs. Rodriguez will be a scheduled eight round featherweight bout part of Golden Boy Live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
“I am ready to come out hard and strong to try to finish him,” Ramirez concluded.
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