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  Ramirez Shines, But Estrada Steals The Show In Fresno

By Igor Frank
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


Former super lightweight champion, Jose Ramirez (28-1,18KO’S) scored a brutal 11th round knockout victory over former lightweight champion from Ghana , Richard Commey (30-5-1,27KO’S) at the Savemart Center in Fresno on Saturday night. ‘’It’s always hard after a layoff, “said Ramirez post fight,” I had to go back to being myself and start strong.” And start strong he did.

Fan favorite Jose Ramirez thrilled his fans by coming out of the gate like a bull in the rodeo. Ramirez trapped his opponent on the ropes and unleashed a furious attack with reckless abandon. “I hurt him in the first round,” said Ramirez, “but he is a tough guy. Big shoutout to Commey and his team. He is a good warrior.”

However, it took a former champion 11 brutal rounds to finish the job.

It was one way traffic for the first 3 rounds. In the fourth, Commey landed several hard right hands which didn’t seem to have any effect on Ramirez. Former champion from Fresno continued to stock his prey, ripping hard shots in close. It seemed that this fight couldn’t go the distance, but all of a sudden we were in rounds eight, nine and ten and Commey was still in the fight and landing his share of shots. Things turned around dramatically in the eleventh when Commey went down ,not from any particular shot but from the onslaught. The regal warrior from Africa got up and fought valiantly, but went down again from the body shot and couldn’t beat the count.

What’s next?” I want any world champion ,” exclaimed Ramirez, “If Regis Prograis is serious about fighting we can sit down and negotiate.”

Savemart Center in Fresno, California is a great venue to host a night of professional boxing. 11,201 real fans showed up on Saturday night to support their heroes. Savvy fans of sweet science came out early to watch all the preliminary fights, but no one came as early as a Hall of Fame promoter, 91 years old, Bob Arum. That’s probably why he gets the big bucks.

Minimum weight champion Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (24-0,9KO’S) continued her ring dominance by unifying WBA and WBC world titles with an impressive 10 rounds unanimous decision victory over tough as nails former champion from Germany, “Tiny”Tina Rupprecht (12-1-1,3KO’S). All three judges scored the fight identically ,100-90.

Dainty Estrada didn’t look “Super Bad “until the opening bell rang and her lightning fast combinations started flying. Seniesa is a complete fighter, her combinations are fluid and impressive to watch. She seamlessly switches stances, but what impressed me the most was her attention to the body work. However, her opponent from Germany didn’t come all the way across the pond just for the paycheck. Tiny Tina used her physicality and pressed the action when she could, but she was no match for super fast Superbad Estrada who dominated the fight from the beginning to the end.

“This training camp was more mentally tough than it was physically, “said Estrada after she had her hand raised in victory;” I showed it in the ring by sticking to my game plan and using my jab.” Jab she used along with fluid virtuoso combinations that kept raining down on her opponent from all angles. She is a special talent, and the crowd knew it.

"I want to tell the other champions at 105 pounds (Yokasta Valle) that I am the best in the division,” continued Estrada:” and I know it. I want to prove it by becoming undisputed.”

There is nothing like a possibility of upset to wet the appetite of real boxing crowd. Ten round lightweight tussle between highly touted Raymond Murattalla (16-0,13ko’s) and Humberto Galindo(14-2-1,11ko’s) featured just that kind of action. Betting favorite and unbeaten Murattalla found himself in dire straits early, seemingly being overwhelmed by hard charging Galindo, who landed a short right hook to score a first round knockdown. It didn’t get any better in the second stanza for the undefeated prospect.

Murattalla finally got into the fight in the third and started to return fire with conviction. He righted the ship with a body shot in the fourth that sent his foe crashing down on the canvas in grimace. Galindo got up and continued to fight back, but he was no match for more skilled and accurate Murattalla, who continued to break his foe down and finally stopped him with another well placed body shop in the 9th round.

The opening televised bout on ESPN was an exciting 6 rounds heavyweight brawl between two giants, 6.9 , Antonio Mireles and 321 pounds beast from Samoa, Patrick Mialata. Both men swang for the fences from the opening bell and reminded everyone why there is nothing like heavyweight boxing. Samoan fighter did more damage early and dropped undefeated Mireles in the third round. Mireles regrouped and closed strong, thus winning a controversial split decision on the judges’ scorecards. The crowd didn’t agree with the decision .

In other action lightweight Charlie Sheehy(6-0,4KO’S) defeated Angel Rebollar(6-2,3KO’S) via 6th rounds unanimous decision.Light flyweights Jessie James Guerrero(3-0-2,3KO’S) and Eduardo Alvarez(0-2-1) fought a majority draw.

Junior welterweight Ricardo Ruvalcaba(8-0-1,7KO’S) scored a first round knockout over Marco Antonio Cardenas(9-8-1,4KO’S) and junior featherweight Subaru Murata(4-0,4KO’S) scored a first round knockout over Jose Negrete(2-2,2KO’S).


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