Jose Ramirez, the pride of California’s Central Valley, is ready for his world championship homecoming in Avenal, making the first defense of his World Boxing Council super lightweight title.
“It has been my dream to become a world champion. And now it’s my duty to defend this belt at home in my city for my fans and everything I fight for.
“I’m blessed to have this opportunity, so I dedicate this fight to the immigrants that contribute to and make our society a better place. I’m pro-immigrant and proud of it.”
The champion (22-0, 16 KO’S), is beloved in the Central Valley for his commitment to immigrant causes and water rights for farmers in the area. He won the WBC super lightweight title this March 17th in New York, with a hard fought UD, defeating Amir Imam.
Ramirez will fight Danny O’Connor on July 7.
Appearing on the undercard in a six-round special attraction will be exciting talented young prospect Gabe Flores Jr. of Stockton, Calif, who turned pro as a tender 16-year-old in November 2016, becoming the youngest fighter ever to do so in the United States.
This will be the first professional fight for Flores from Stockton, Ca (7-0, 5 KOs) in California.
Tickets to this world championship event, priced at $150 (floor), $90, $60, $35, $20, and $10, plus applicable fees can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000or at the Save Mart Center box office. For more information and box office hours, visit www.savemartcenter.com .