By Francisco Salazar
Former world title holder and super bantamweight contender Rico Ramos will now face unbeaten Efrain Esquivias on June 23rd, Thompson Boxing Promotions General Manager Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com Monday morning. The bout, which is being promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will still take place at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.”
Ramos was originally going to fight unbeaten Jhonatan Romero in a scheduled 10 round bout. However, Romero suffered a fracture to his left thumb in the second round of his last fight against Adolfo Landeros on May 11th. Unaware of the injury, Romero continued fighting and won a one-sided eight round decision over the Mexican journeyman.
“We thought that it was just swelling (after the fight), but then we were notified that it was a fracture,” said Camponovo, who also serves as Thompson Boxing Promotions’ matchmaker. “He (Romero) will be out for about six weeks.
The Ramos-Esquivias bout will not only match two of the best super bantamweights in Southern California, but of the United States. Ramos hails from the Watts section of Southern Central Los Angeles, while Esquivias resides in Carson.
Esquivias (16-0, 9 KOs) was originally scheduled to fight Roberto Castaneda this Friday night on the undercard of the Ji-Hoon Kim-Alisher Ramimov lightweight bout. That bout was originally going to take place in at the Mashantucket, CT, but is now taking place in Saint Charles, MO. The card will air on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
According to Camponovo, there were issues with the site and where the card was going to take place. When the opportunity arose for Esquivias to replace Romero, Camponovo jumped on it.
“I’m looking out for Efrain,” said Camponovo.
Ironically, in his last fight, Esquivias won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Landeros on February 24th in Ontario, CA.
Ramos won a world title belt on July 9th in Atlantic City, NJ, scoring a sensational come-from-behind knockout victory over Akifumi Shimoda. However, he would lose the title in his first title defense on January 20th, when he was knocked out in the sixth round by Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Ramos and Esquivias will be fighting for Esquivias’ regional title belt.