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Taking the perennial step up in competition is a major milestone in a fighter’s career. Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez 15-0 8KO’s is set to take that step into the next level of competition as he faces veteran and former contender Chris Martin 28-6-3 9KO’s.
Ramirez, of East Los Angeles or East Los if you’re from the area is a potential future title holder from the stables of Golden Boy. With fellow stablemates Joseph Diaz, Manuel Avila, featherweight Diego De La Hoya and the potential moving up of Randy Caballero; Ramirez looks to be in a house full of potential opponents that could make some interesting matchups to fill some arenas in Southern California.
First is the task of facing Chris Martin. Martin himself was once in the same position as Ramirez; going 23-0-2 with a win over Chris Avalos, Martin was poised to become the same type of contender with his slick boxing style. Big losses to the likes of Gary Russel Jr., Miguel Marriaga, and Danny Roman has dropped Martin into the veteran gatekeeper category.
“I’m expecting him at his best, I think he’s a good opponent but, I fight better when my opponent is better.” said Ramirez when asked about his opponent. Exuding confidence Ramirez has a history with Martin having sparred with him “I saw his fights with Russel and Avalos, I sparred him when I was 16 and I respect him, and I think he’s a good fighter but it’s my time now.”
The nephew of the late former champion Genaro “El Chicanito” Hernandez, Ramirez has boxing in his blood. “We’re two different people, I can’t compare myself to my uncle. To me he was always just my uncle, I didn’t look at him the same way everyone else did but one day I’m going to hopefully do the things he did in boxing.”
The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, host of LA Fight Club is becoming quite the proving ground for Golden Boy Promotions as they have put their young fighters in against good appropriate opponents to cultivate them into the organizations future. Performances by Ramirez, Diaz Jr. and De La Hoya have shown that match-making isn’t a matter of bringing in a sacrificial lamb to please the local audience of Los Angeles. These young guns are fighting decent, tough opponents with good enough skill to make them shift a gear for the win.
Los Angeles has a rabid fan-base that would be a hard sell to a consistent slaughtering of the lambs. On the building of his own local cheering section Ramirez said “it feels good, boxing’s a small world it makes me feel good because I just be myself and I think that’s why they support me. Hell man, all I want to do is fight. I just love to fight.”
And fight he will.
LA Fight Club will air on EstrellaTV.com with a simultaneous live stream on estrellatv.com on January 29 at 7PM PST. The Ring will be streaming the un-televised undercard from 5:30-7PM PST at ringtvlive.com