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Abel Ramos News
Making the first defense of his WBC World Welterweight Title, Shawn Porter eked out a split-decision win over a game Yordenis Ugas in a classic 147-pound battle Saturday night on FOX.
Abel Ramos Fights
WIN vs Bryant Perrella 17-3-0
Feb 15, 2020 • Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Bryant Perrella LOSES to Abel Ramos by TKO in Round 10 of 10
LOSS vs Jamal James 26-1-0
Apr 13, 2018 • The Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jamal James WINS against Abel Ramos by MD in Round 10 of 10
Abel Ramos Bio
Welterweight contender Abel Ramos is working his way up the rankings with thrilling battles and a combination of grit and power that makes him on the most exciting fighters in the sport today.
Inspired By Family Legacy
Abel Ramos lived in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for a year after his birth before their family moved to Casa Grande, Arizona, to be closer to their native Mexico.
“My Dad wanted to be closer to Mexico so that we could go back-and-forth visiting our family over there,” said Ramos, nicknamed “Abelito” by his family.
“My family members were always fans of boxing before my two older brothers and current coaches, Jesus and Efrain, started boxing as amateurs. I was 13 when I had my first amateur fight.”
Ramos placed third in both the USA Boxing Tournament and National Golden Gloves and won his bout in the Mexico versus Puerto Rico duals, all in 2010.
Ramos has campaigned as a professional over weights ranging from 139 ½ to 152, deciding to make a permanent rise from junior welterweight to welterweight in 2017 after his second loss.
Following his 139 ½-pound debut in the form of a four-round unanimous decision over Derrick Saenz Lopez in September 2011, “Abelito” went 5-0 with three knockouts in 2012 comprising first-, first- and second-round stoppages of Cody Huard (February), Joel Gonzalez (April) and Cassius Clay (May) that preceded back-to-back four-round unanimous decisions over Jose Torres in June and November.
Ramos won twice more in 2013, his second-round knockout of Richard Colas Quesada (July) and unanimous decision over Carlos Vila (September), vanquishing a pair of undefeated fighters to improve his mark to 8-0 with four knockouts.
The year 2014 brought a record of 2-0-2, with third- and second-round TKOs of Rudolfo Amenta (March) and Anthony Woods (November) following draws with unbeaten future champion Maurice Hooker (January) and Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (May).
Ghvamichava and Hooker were major steps up in class for Ramos, respectively entering at 11-1 with eight knockouts and 12-0-1 with nine knockouts.
“I was the opponent in the Hooker fight, which I took on a week’s notice,” said Ramos, who slipped to 10-0-2 with six knockouts after Ghvamichava. “I felt like I did enough to win both fights, but looking at the replays and everything, I think a draw was good for us.”
REBOUNDING FROM DEFEAT
Ramos went 4-1 with three knockouts in 2015. In April, he won a six-round unanimous decision over Ramesis Gil. Then he scored successive knockouts of Martin Angel Martinez (May), Roberto Ramirez (June) and Mario Hermosillo (September) before losing to Regis Prograis in Decemnber.
“I consider myself a come-forward fighter who is aggressive with good head movement, but I can box whenever I need to. But going into that fight, we moved our camp to Chicago,” said Ramos. “It was wintertime and cold, so I was getting sick just about every day there. But I was sort of young at the time of that loss, not really focused, sort of going through the motions and not really loving boxing at the time.”
A revitalized Ramos stopped all three opponents in 2016 to improve to 17-1-2 (12 KOs). It began in April with a 97-second KO of Javier Mercado; then a fifth-round TKO of previously unbeaten Dario Ferman (May) and a sixth-round retirement of Juan Jesus Rivera Garces (August).
Ramos went 1-1 in 2017 over the course of two more tough fights, losing a brawl by unanimous decision to then-unbeaten Russian future champion Ivan Baranchyk (February) before handling Mexican southpaw Emanuel Robles (July).
Ramos was floored twice before scoring a knockdown of his own against Baranchyk, who improved to 16-0 (10 KOs), while Robles was stopped for the first time despite entering at 15-2-1 with five stoppages.
“The Baranchyk fight was a war. I tried everything to beat him but he was just the better man that night. Baranchyk was my last fight at 140,” said Ramos. “I remember being super-drained after the weight cut, but I gained a lot of experience, realizing that I had a lot in me that I didn’t know I had. It showed me that I was made for this sport.”
NEVER GIVING UP
Ramos fought at career-high six times in 2018, his searing five consecutive stoppages following a majority decision loss to Jamal James (April) in the winner’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What followed were TKOs of Alvaro Ortiz Diaz (May), Jorge Luis Babuca (June), Hector Mendoza (August) and Fidel Damian Lopez (September) in the third, second, fifth and second rounds as well as an 82-second stoppage of an unknown fighter at a career-high 152 pounds in October.
“Between Jamal James, Ivan Baranchyk and Regis Prograis, there were no easy fights and they were all great tests,” said Ramos. “The loss to James was significant because it was only my second fight within the welterweight division, it was in his hometown and it showed me I can compete at that weight.”Ramos continued to impress over his last three fights, the first couple being in 2019 comprising a 10-round unanimous decision over tough journeyman Francisco Santana (March) and a fourth-round TKO of slick Jimmy Williams (July).
Ramos followed up those victories with a more dramatic one in February over 6-foot-1 southpaw Bryant Perrella, who entered their bout at 17-2 (14 KOs) but was stopped with a second remaining in the 10th and final round.
Trailing by five points on two cards and three on another, Ramos floored Perrella with a devastating left uppercut, and, after he rose, a finishing right that dropped him once more.
Referee Jack Reiss reached the count of nine and waved an end to the bout just as the 10-second, round-ending clapper sounded.
“I was sick for two weeks coming into the fight and figured by fight week that maybe I'd get better, but I didn't. I was having trouble breathing throughout the fight. But through all of my past experiences, I've learned to think positively and never give up on yourself. I kept telling myself 'You've just got to land that one punch to change the fight,'" said Ramos, a winner of eight straight fights, seven by stoppage.
"Finally, in the 10th round, it came. That was an amazing feeling to get that victory right at the end. Now I want all the welterweights. I feel as if I can hang with any of the top welterweights and give them a good fight, so that's what I want. I'm 100 percent into boxing, not doubting myself, and I really want to test myself. I’d like to have another big TV fight and go out there and prove that to the world."