Ramirez Delivers Stunning KO In Dallas
Photos: Ed Mulholland - Matchroom Boxing USA
Jose Ramirez delivered a stunning 6th round KO win over
Maurice Hooker to unify the WBC and WBO World
Super-Lightweight titles at College Park Center in
Arlington, Texas, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky
Sports in the UK.
Ramirez (26-0 17 KOs) and Hooker (26-1-3 17 KOs) had
promised a great fight in the Lone Star State, and they
did not disappoint as the fight caught fire immediately
with Hooker down in the first, claiming a slip as
Ramirez appeared to have accidentally trod on his foot.
That early fire didn’t die down, with fans of both men
on their feet as the relentless pace from Ramirez was
met by dangerous counter-punching by Hooker.
But it was the Californian that capitalized on the
lightening start, staggering Hooker with a left-hook and
not letting the local favorite off the hook as he threw
ferocious unanswered shots with Hooker on the ropes,
with the referee stepping in to end a thrilling bout. If
this was an MMA fight
betting would be your best bet for winning odds.
“I am very happy,” said Ramirez. “This just lets me know
that I am on the right track to becoming a better
fighter, a better professional. I am ready for anyone
“I felt very confident within my skills just like any
fighter. A real champion has faith in themselves. I
believe in my team, I believe in myself. I came here
with one mission: to become the unified champion and I
did it. I am the very best guy.
“Robert told me, I know you like brawl. But Mo is a good
fighter and he’s going to try to box you because he is a
very smart fighter. But what I did was came in
different, I surprised him. He landed good shots but
they were on my forehead, not the right placement. But
he didn’t land his best right hand. I had to be very
careful in there.
“I went back to my fundamentals. Working my jab, and I
was closing the distance. Then when I got in range, I
gave him that 1-2 jab that just works so well for me.
“I signed up to fight against the top fighters. Me and
Hooker stepped up to make this happen. They have to do
it because it is a tournament.”
“The first knockdown didn’t affect me,” said Hooker. “I
just knew I had to come back and use my jab. When he had
me on the ropes, he didn’t really catch me with
anything. I was blocking everything.
“I just lost focus for a quick second. I was playing
around with my jab hand and I lost focus. That just
shows you, one second with a top fighter can change
Tevin Farmer (30-4-1 ) retained his IBF World
Super-Featherweight title with a dominant points win
over mandatory challenger Guillaume Frenois.
Farmer banked the first half of the fight, investing in
the body and displaying dazzling defensive skills in the
sixth round, the same session where a low blow saw
Frenois need to take some time out of the action. Farmer
strayed low again in the tenth round and was penalized
by the referee, but the Philly champ had banked too many
rounds for the French challenger to threat 119-108 and
“I came out here and I did what I had to do,” said
Farmer. “My right hand is always messed up. I come in
here and I keep winning. I did an excellent 12 rounds. I
came in and fought all 12 rounds. I don’t care about the
crowd, I came in here, I fight, I win, get my money, and
I go back to my family. You love me or hate me. I think
it was speed and my IQ that won me the fight.
“Gervonta Davis says he wants Tevin Farmer then Leonard
Ellerbe says something else. I’m moving forward from
that fight. If I can’t get that fight, give me JoJo
Tramaine Williams (19-0 6 KOs) landed the vacant WBO
NABO and USBA Super-Bantamweight championships with a
points win over Yenifel Vicente in a hard-fought clash.
Vicente had a point taken off in both the sixth and
seventh rounds of the battle for low blows, with
Williams now targeting the big guns at 122lbs after
getting the nod on all three cards 97-91 twice and
“B minus, C, I could have done better, always could do
better,” said Williams. “It was part of the of the game
plan to try and get in the grove and fight his game off.
I didn’t want him getting comfortable and fighting his
“Usually having fun means you did a good job. He could
see me having fun so he was pushing my head low and
hitting me low.”
Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams (3-0 3 KOs) continues to impress
in the infancy of his pro career, and the 20 year old
made it three first round KO wins since making his bow
in April, with a crunching left hook to the body folding
“I hit him pretty hard. I knew that when I landed the
shot that it would be the end of the fight. I knew it
right then, and it I like it cause I’m getting more
experience as a fighter.
“I’ve been in the gym with guys who you can hit 1,000
times in the head and it doesn’t do anything but you go
downstairs and it’s glass. I’m still new. I’m absolutely
still new. My armory only has a couple of guns in it
“The first thing I want to say to my fans, if you look
to me for inspiration: follow your dreams, live your
passion and take those risks. Don’t let life take you
where it wants, you have to do it.”
Joey Dawejko (20-7-4 11 KOs) Rodney Hernandez went
toe-to-toe for the second time in their careers, and
after a split draw in April 2017, this time Dawejko came
out on top on the cards, 98-92, 96-94, 96-94.
“I did enough to win,” said Dawejko. “He was running
from me so it was hard. That dude can fight.
“I wasn’t expecting that, last time he brought it and we
banged it out. It was last minute opponent and I was
training for Gassiev. I still want that fight. I’m
definitely ready for bigger names.”
Nikita Ababiy (6-0 5 KOs) went the distance for the
first time as a pro, winning every round against Yunier
Calzada, the Chechen Wolf Arthur Biyarslanov (4-0 4 KOs)
kept up his 100 per cent KO record with a third round
stoppage win and Darius Bagley (1-0) kicked off his pro
career with a 39-37 win over Carlos Dixon in the show