Rico Ramos Defeats Alejandro
But Is He Ready For A Title Shot?
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: Ray Bailey
Goossen Tutor promoted
the fight as “a night of fistic fireworks at Bally’s
Atlantic City that just might rival any summer evening
of pyrotechnical entertainment.” The fight was just
that. However, the favorite, Ramos, was not the one
creating the fireworks. Ramos, who is looking for that
world title shot, showed that as a fighter he is
Back in December, Ramos had admitted that he had not
seen any video of Valdez fight. It looked as though in
the months to follow he still had not seen any video
because Ramos did not look ready for what was coming his
way. Valdez is a tough fighter who refuses to give up
and refuses to admit that he cannot win.
Rico Ramos did control the early rounds. The first round
started slow, neither fighter committing to an exchange.
But about the middle of the round Ramos caught Valdez in
the head with a left. This woke up Valdez. Even though
he still refused to go all out, Valdez was throwing more
punches now. Valdez stepped up his attack in the second
round, but he was getting hit whenever he tried to come
in. Ramos was proving to be the better counter puncher.
It looked as though Ramos would have an easy time with
this fight. But by the end of the round, Valdez was
cutting off the ring, keeping Ramos against the ropes.
Ramos did not seem
concerned with how the second round ended. He came out
in the third and staggered Valdez with a hard shot.
Ramos stepped up his attack at this point and fired off
a flurry of shots. Again Valdez looked as though he
might be in trouble; however, he stepped up his attack
at the end of the round. Cutting of the ring like
before, Valdez looked as though he might turn the fight
around. This continued at the beginning of the fourth
round. Valdez was able to catch Ramos in the corner. It
was a battle between the two. Valdez seemed unable to
keep Ramos up against the ropes, and the battle
continued in the middle of the ring. Valdez never let up
on his attack. He just kept throwing punch after punch,
keeping Ramos from landing his own punches.
By the time the fifth round began Valdez had seemingly
figured out what he needed to do to win this fight. As
long as he kept firing, Ramos was having trouble finding
his rhythm. Ramos was doing a lot more moving this
round, putting as much distance between him and Valdez
as a fighter can. But Valdez never let up his attack. In
the beginning of the sixth round the two were fighting
in the center of the ring. Valdez kept coming forward,
and Ramos was trying hard to tie him up. It was a hard
fought round. Both fighters were leaning on each other
as they battled it out as the bell sounded.
Valdez sensed that his constant pressure on Ramos was
working and kept up the attack in the seventh round.
Valdez pressured Ramos into the corner, but Ramos was
able to use his body to push his way out. Valdez just
chased Ramos down. Ramos tried to pick up his attack at
the end of the round, but he clearly was having trouble
with Valdez. The eighth round looked much the same.
Ramos was trying to move more to keep Valdez from
getting him in the corner. But that is exactly where
Ramos ended up again. Valdez just kept the pressure up
the entire round.
As soon as the ninth
round began, Valdez again pressured Ramos to the ropes.
The two were fighting in close. Ramos was able to
deliver a strong flurry of punches. Valdez put Ramos
back against the ropes a second time. They had another
strong exchange, and Ramos was able to finish the round
strong. Ramos kept the momentum from the end of the
ninth round into the beginning of the tenth. The two had
another strong exchange. Then Valdez head-butted Ramos.
Ramos went down from the force of the blow. When Ramos
got back up and the fight continued, Ramos fired off a
barrage of shots that Valdez had no answer for. Valdez
tried to hold to stop him, but this didn’t even seem to
work. Ramos fired a hard left to the head of Valdez, but
the shot had little effect. When the bell sounded, both
fighters raised their hands in victory.
It seemed as though it would be a tough fight to score.
It had been a constant battle back and forth between the
two. However, all three judges agreed that Rico Ramos
was the winner. Valdez had only won three rounds on any
judge’s scorecard. But this doesn’t matter. It only
matters that Ramos won and rightfully so. Even so, for
those who were watching, it leaves one question. Is
Ramos truly ready to take on a title holder?
In the co-feature Don
George came to make an impression on the fight fans, and
that is exactly what he did. Cornelius White came out in
the first round, wasting little time before he started
throwing punches. George for those first 30-45 seconds
seemed to be waiting for his moment. When it came,
George fired off a barrage of shots that knocked White
to the canvas. As soon as the fight was allowed to
continue, George again fired off a barrage. White was
overwhelmed by the sheer number of punches coming his
way, and once again found himself on the canvas. He
survived another count. George came at White with
another barrage. Referee Randy Neumann was signaling
that the fight was over as White was once again falling
to the canvas. The fight was over in two minutes and two
seconds. Don George had made his impression on Showtime.