By James Slater
Unbeaten 19-year-old featherweight prospect Julian Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs) is pretty much used to stepping into the ring not knowing too far in advance who his opponent will be, and next up, on March 16th in Cancun, Mexico, the southpaw from L.A will go in with yet another as yet unknown rival. Having his third fight of 2013 thus far, the former amateur standout is looking forward to his first pro fight in Mexico: “I don’t have an opponent yet,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com.
“My team had gotten me an opponent, but he dropped out and now they are looking for another guy. But I will definitely fight, in a six-rounder. I’m pretty used to not knowing who I will be fighting until a day or two before I get in the ring. It doesn’t bother me – I adapt [to my opponent] in the ring.
“I will have a lot of family and friends there and I want to put on a good show in Cancun. Actually, I’m looking forward to stealing the show (the two main fights will feature Jorge Linares and Pablo Cesar Cano in action against separate opposition). I want the fans to remember me. I don’t mind if I get a KO or go the distance. I went six-rounds (for the first time as a pro) last time. It was a good learning experience; he held a lot. I want to stay active – the more fights the better!”
Having sparred a southpaw and a bunch of orthodox fighters in preparation for his next bout, Ramirez is unconcerned with whether he faces a lefty or a righty on march 16th. In the future, though, Ramirez wouldn’t mind a fight with fellow southpaw and unbeaten featherweight Gary Russell Junior.
“I didn’t see his last fight, but Russell and his brothers are all good fighters. I actually fought his brother, back in an amateur tournament in 2011. I won on points, and if he [Gary] is at my weight class in the future, I’d love to fight him.”
Ramirez’ next bout will go out on Fox Deportes.