By Allan Fox: Former gentle welterweight champion Jose Ramirez hopes to make a “assertion” on this necessary 12-round combat in opposition to former light-weight champion Richard Commey this Saturday night time on March twenty fifth of their headliner on a Prime Rank-promoted present on the Save Mart Heart in Fresno, California. The cardboard will probably be proven li reside on ESPN & ESPN+ starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 pm. ET.
Ramirez (27-1, 17 KOs) made a questionable profession transfer by turning down a title shot in opposition to WBC 140-lb champion Regis Prograis as a result of the cash wasn’t to his liking, solely to take the lesser combat in opposition to Commey (30-4-1, 27 KOs) with no titles on the road, going up in opposition to a man that’s seemingly on a steep draw back of his profession.
It’s laborious for followers to not see Ramirez’s rejection of a combat in opposition to Prograis as not a duck transfer on his half.
Folks don’t perceive how Ramirez may flip down a combat in opposition to Prograis that will have put him again on the high of the division to tackle the 36-year-old Commey, who has a 1-2-1 document in his final 4 fights.
Within the chief help bout this Saturday night time, feminine WBA minimumweight champion Seniesa Estrada (23-0, 9 KOs) fights WBC champion Tina Rupprecht (12-0-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled 10 spherical combat.
Ramirez needs to make an announcement in opposition to Commey
“Hastily after one loss, individuals began to stroll away from that,” mentioned Ramirez. “I really feel like I’m prepared to point out that lion that all of us noticed earlier than I began getting distracted with among the stuff that comes with being on the high. Now it’s time for me to work.”
“Folks suppose I take a whole lot of punishment, however in addition to the combat with [Josh] Taylor, I’ve by no means been harm. I’ve by no means taken punishment,” mentioned Ramirez to Fighthype.
“I’ve taken a punch right here and there, however I’ve at all times been very agile so a whole lot of these punches are glancing over me. They’re not touchdown stable. When somebody lands a punch, individuals’s pleasure make it appear larger than what it’s.
“Because the pandemic, I haven’t been very lively, and I believe that’s what’s harm me probably the most. After Hooker, individuals thought I used to be on the high of the world at 140. I believe I want to point out extra exercise so individuals can see the place I’m at. I want to point out individuals the place I’m at relatively than the hypothesis.
“In his combat with Pedraza, there was a whole lot of motion. He threw a whole lot of punches,” mentioned Ramirez about Commey. “Pedraza strikes loads. In his combat in opposition to Lomachenko at 135, we don’t know the place Commey was mentally in making the 135-lb restrict.
“I can’t go off these fights as a result of there are days the place we don’t have our greatest performances, after which there are days that we’re like machines,” mentioned Ramirez about Commey.
“I’m simply excited to get again within the ring and present what I can do myself and present individuals what I can convey to the desk. The objective for me is to point out that I’m on a distinct degree. I hope to make an announcement with this combat.”
Jose needs world title shot subsequent
“That’s my objective for the combat to not go the space,” mentioned Ramirez. “That’s the goal for me,” mentioned Ramirez about eager to combat the winner of the Josh Taylor vs. Teofimo Lopez combat. “Moreover the truth that it’s an in-house [Top Rank] combat, it’ll really feel good to get again within the ring with Taylor to get that revenge for certain.
“Who is aware of? Perhaps Prime Rank will work with PBC and get among the different guys too. The objective is to remain lively, and that’s what I wish to do. My objective after this combat is to go after all of them.
“Towards [Subriel] Matias can be an excellent combat. If I used to be to beat Matias, as a result of he comes ahead and takes a whole lot of punishment when he stands there like this.
“If I used to be to beat Matis in a trend the place individuals would say, ‘Wow, I didn’t suppose he would try this.’ Even with that one belt [IBF], impulsively, it will make me the boogeyman once more within the division. These fights would encourage me,” mentioned Ramirez.
“I’m at all times excited to get again within the ring. That is what I do. It’s going to be an attention-grabbing combat,” mentioned Commey. “I actually wish to turn into a two-time world champion, so I’m coming robust this Saturday.”