Former WBA World Super Bantamweight titleholder Rico Ramos (21-1, 11 KOs) is prepared to halt 22-year-old Ronny Rios’ (19-0, 9 KOs) ascension to becoming a world contender by giving Rios his first professional loss as the two battle for the NABF Featherweight Title in a televised bout tonight at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Ramos enters the fight with the memory of surrendering the WBA World Super Bantamweight belt to the very talented Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux a year ago still fresh in his mind and knowing a victory Friday puts him right back into the world championship picture.
“My one loss taught me a lot,” said Ramos. “You can be physically ready, but if you’re not mentally ready, you shouldn’t even be in there. A boxer has to be 100 percent and I learned that the hard way. The loss made me more determined and I feel more motivated. I’m definitely hungrier. Rios is a talented fighter, but I’m ready to adapt to anything he does. I really want to get back to where I was.”
Ramos promoter Dan Goossen stated, “It’s a big fight for Rico. There’s no doubt he’s got the talent to come away with the victory.”
Ramos has taken the Rios challenge agreeing to a weight of 126 pounds, although he has hovered around 122 pounds for the duration of his five-year professional career.
“I have no problem making 122 [pounds], but I feel strong and good at 126 for this fight,” Ramos said of his weight. “I want the opportunity to test the waters at 126 and see what’s out there for me.”