Jose Ramirez blows out Mike Reed in two, Artur Beterbiev stops Enrico Koelling in final round
November 11 (Fresno, California) – Junior welterweight contender and local hero Jose Ramirez remained undefeated, retaining his WBC Continental Americas title by stopping previously undefeated Mike Reed in front of a sold-out house (13,838) at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California on Saturday night.
Reed, a skillled southpaw, made things interesting, in the first round, by using angles and speed, keeping Ramirez at bay for the majority of the first round.
Ramirez managed to use his own speed and size at the end of the frame to get some shots in.
Ramirez came out full force, in the second, digging to the body and mixing up head shots, which had Reed staggering, early on, and dropping him midway into the round. A follow-up attack forced referee Jack Reiss to call the fight off at 1:43 of the round.
With the win, Ramirez, now 21-0 (16), is now in line to battle Amir Imam, 21-1 (18), for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title. Imam stopped Johnny Garcia, 19-6-1 (11), in four rounds, earlier in the card, to earn his title shot.
With the loss, Reed dropped to 23-1 (12).
Montreal, Canada’s own Artur Beterbiev, 12-0 (12), made no friends or fans with a cold, methodical, mechanical performance in glacially and slowly breaking down Germany’s Enrico Koelling, 23-2 (16), to a two-knockdown stoppage at 2:33 of the 12th and final round, to win the vacant IBF light heavyweight title.
Prior to the stoppage, early in the bout, the fans voiced their displeasure at the proceedings, due to the lack of action throughout most of the bout.
In the first fight of the evening, featherweight Vislan Dalkhev, 9-1 (2), was dropped and lost a minor upset to Fernando Fuentes, 14-7-1 (4), in a six-round bout.
Junuior welterweight Alex Saucedo, 26-0 (16), dropped Argentinian Gustavo Vittori, 20-3 (11), three times, winning via stoppage at 1:16 of the third frame.
In the walk-out bout, San Jose junior lightweight Andy “El Tiburon” Vences, 20-0 (12), stopped Jairo Ochoa, 16-13 (9), in two.