‘LA Fight Club’ resumes; Ramirez headlines
The “LA Fight Club” series resumes tonight from the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. And this card will be headlined by 22-year-old featherweight hopeful Julian Ramirez, who is paired with veteran Raul Hidalgo in his first 10-rounder (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET.7 p.m. PT).
“Julian, he’s one of our best prospects,” said Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker and V.P. Eric Gomez, “He’s really, really fine-tuned himself in a way where he can compete at a very high level. When he first started with us, it was with a big bang. He tried to come out and rip your head off but he’s starting to box a little better, using his jab; he’s got better movement. I really think he can be a champion. This kid, he punches really, really hard but he can also move.”
“El Camaron” as he is called, has a mark of 13-0 with eight stoppages to his credit. This southpaw is an aggressive grinder, who is comfortable working inside. He’s just 22 years old, is managed by Oscar De La Hoya’s brother, Joel and is the great nephew of the late Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez.
Co-headlining this card is 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao, a middleweight who hails from Brazil. Gomez says of his left-hander, who scored a first round stoppage in San Antonio a few weeks ago versus Raymond Terry, “Right now, what he’s working on is kinda switching his style a little bit where he’s not as jittery or as amateurish where he’s jumping around. He’s starting to plant his feet and starting to punch a little harder.
“But when you have a kid like that and has that much experience as an amateur, you expect some very good things. The transition is always a key part of it, some guys make it a quick transition; other guys, it takes longer. So right now, that’s what he’s working on, transitioning. But he’s a very good fighter; he’s got the pedigree, obviously.”
Lightweight Everton Lopes, who also represented Brazil in the 2012 and made his pro debut in late February, is on this card.
“I love the kid; the kid’s very, very good. I love him, he’s a helluva fighter, very talented and I think he’s going to be a really, really good fighter,” said Gomez.
And making his official Golden Boy debut is 8-0 (3) featherweight Joet Gonzalez.
Gomez says of Gonzalez, “He’s got the size; he’s got the power. We’ve only worked with him a couple of times but so far, what I’ve seen, I really like. There’s a lot of upside to the kid. He’s got an aggressive style for being a tall, lanky kid. He’s got an aggressive style but he’s well-schooled. He’s got a good jab. I always like to see really good jabs and, for a young kid, he really uses it well.”
For Golden Boy, this series is about developing their young fighters as they tried to rebuild their roster after the recent purge of Al Haymon clients from their company. “It is,” admitted Gomez, “but I think, at the same time, we can do some very good, interesting fights there once we pick it up. But yeah, it is a little bit of a developmental series, keeping these guys busy, getting them to the next level.”
That said, Golden Boy Promotions moves forward and continues to sign more boxers.
“Yes, definitely, we’re always open to signing the best prospects out there,” stated Gomez.”The guys that can eventually become world champions someday.”
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