Former world champion Rico “Suave” Ramos takes on Mexico’s Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez in the featherweight main event broadcast on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” April 12 at the beautiful Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA. Ramos (21-2, 11 KOs) lost his WBA junior featherweight world title to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux and then was defeated by Ronny Rios, now faces upset minded Gonzalez (17-2, 13 KOs). In the semi-main bout, Farah Ennis (20-1, 12 KOs) will challenge the heavy-handed Francisco Sierra (25-7-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico in a super middleweight clash.
“I can’t wait to get back into the ring and get back to my boxing style and winning ways,” said Ramos. “I was very disappointed with my last performance and have made that commitment of ‘whatever it takes’ attitude to turn things around. I know I have the skills, talent and determination to take my career back to the world championship level. I am really grateful that I have the ESPN platform to showcase all of the hard work that I have put into the gym. My dedication will be evident to all of those fans that are ringside and watching me on ESPN on fight night.”
Gonzalez, 23, who is promoted by former multi-world champion Erik Morales and Mexico’s Zanfer Promotions, stated “I’ve seen Ramos fight before and I don’t believe he’s going to be able to take my punches. Ramos is a talented fighter and a win over him, especially when I knock him out cold, will put me in a good position.”
Promoter Dan Goossen echoed the sentiments of the fighters, “A career is on the line in the Ramos-Gonzalez fight. The winner moves on and the loser moves out. Can’t have any more at stake than that.”
Continued Goossen, “In the Ennis-Sierra bout, we will find out if Farah has what it takes to add his name to the likes of the other top super middleweights in the world. I know one thing, Sierra has spoiled many fighter dreams and he won’t give up an inch to Ennis when the bell rings.”