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Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (16-0, 8KOs) passed his stiffest test in the form of veteran gatekeeper Chris Martin (28-7-3, 9KOs) on Friday night. Ramirez apparently is ready for the next echelon of his progression as he out worked and out skilled the game and always durable Martin.
Ramirez came out fast and hard in the early rounds, pushing Martin back and landing hard straight shots and hooks in combination. Martin’s corner pleaded with him to “reset” in the middle of the ring but, Ramirez was there to move him from wherever he intended to reset to.
Looking impressive Ramirez rolled to scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91 to take his next step forward in the crowded GoldenBoy stable of 126lb. prospects.
Abraham “El Chamaco” Lopez (20-0-1, 15KOs) hammered his way to a TKO victory in the seventh round after Carlos Valcarcel (14-7-4, 5KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico retired on his stool before the eighth.
After an early barrage from Valcarcel, Lopez looked to get into his comfort zone as he began to take over the action. Valcarcel successfully landed his left hook on multiple occasions but the talent of Lopez proved to be too much as he landed and fired combinations at his discretion throughout the fight.
Lopez is another interesting featherweight prospect in the Golden Boy stable which includes main event fighter Julian Ramirez, Joseph Diaz Jr., and Manuel Avila. A former respiratory therapist- Lopez has an interesting background and a decent local fan-base to fill the Belasco on a consistent basis.
Hard hitting Edgar Valerio (5-0, 3KOs) picked a first round KO over Michigan’s Justin Lopez (5-4, 5KOs). Valerio put Lopez down with a hard right hand at 2:25 in the opening stanza. Lopez made it to his feet only to get dropped again by a flurry of punches. Referee Jerry Cantu waived the fight at 2:40 in the first round.
Joshua Franco (4-0, 2KOs) ground out a tough unanimous decision victory over tough as leather Mexican Juan Benavides (5-7-1, 2KOs). Franco, still raw, was able to land the cleaner shots and periodically hurt the much taller Benavidez. All three judges scored the six round bout 60-54.
Opening the action for the RingTVlive.com telecast Pablo “The Shark” Rubio (4-0, 3KOs) stopped Bryan Perez (2-3-1, 1KO) after one minutes action in the second round. Rubio, the tall junior featherweight, dominated the action until a series of right uppercuts put Perez down. Referee Jerry Cantu waived off the fight at 1:15 in the second.