Boxing Bites: Austin Trout, Jose Ramirez talk WBC bouts

Ringside 08/06/2018

Stephanie Trapp

Former Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout (31-4, 17 KOs) is gearing himself for a collision with WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“I really believe that I am the best and to prove it I have to beat the champions … no matter what Jermell Charlo brings, I am ready to defeat him,” vows Austin, stressing: “People are underestimating me.

“I’ve gained respect in this sport, I’ve defeated champions and won titles, I’ve lost in controversial decisions against good champions. Now…this is my moment. I started boxing as a child to defend people who were bothered, and now I continue doing it in the ring.

“This fight I call ‘finishing the mission.’ I’m in a dangerous division that is full of talent, it’s one of the main divisions in my opinion, we’re all good fighters, it will be a good clash of styles, but I have the speed, power and brain to become green and gold world champion. “

Jose Ramirez will make the first defense of his WBC super lightweight title, against top contender Danny O’Connor on Saturday, July 7 at the Save Mart Center, in Avenal, California, to be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

“It has been my dream to become a world champion, now it is my duty to defend this belt at home for my city, my fans and everything I fight for,” said Ramirez, adding: “I am blessed to have this opportunity, I dedicate this fight to the immigrants who contribute and make our society a better place, I am pro-immigrant and I am so proud to be one.”

As part of the WBC safety standards, Ramirez successfully presented his 30 pre-weigh-in prior to the fight, He weighed 152.8 pounds.