Ramirez vs Orozco

Jose Ramirez Antonio Orozco

Ramirez Orozco

Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California

On air @ 2.30am

14

Sep

The WBC World Super-Lightweight Title

Jose Ramirez returns to BoxNation on September 14th when he makes the first defence of his WBC Super-Lightweight crown against unbeaten Antonio Orozco, the number three challenger for his belt.

Ramirez, 26, won the prestigious green and gold belt in March when he outpointed Amir Imam at Madison Square Garden.

Now he will have home advantage in Fresno, California, where he is a hero because of his boxing and tireless community work. This will be the first time working with new trainer Robert Garcia in his corner.

"We have an undefeated fighter in front of us, and I will get myself prepared to put on a great show," said Ramirez, who has won all 22 fights, 16 inside the distance.

"We're going to make this show bigger and better. The fans of Fresno and the Central Valley have supported me my entire career, and I am honoured to return home to defend the WBC World Championship."

San Diego’s Orozco, 30, turned professional in June 2008 and has won all 27 fights with 17 of those wins coming early.

His best win came on October 2015 when he outpointed former World Champion Humberto Soto - the Mexican’s only loss in more than six years.

Since then he has waited patiently for a big fight and fought just once this year. That was in March when he outpointed old rival Martin Honorio.

My time is now," predicted Orozco. "The time for me to become World Champion is here, and I will do everything possible to take that World Title away from Ramirez.

"I know that Ramirez is a tough fighter and that I'll be fighting on enemy turf. But I'm not worried about that. I have all the experience and the skills to score a great victory and leave the ring with the world title around my waist."

Ramirez had been due to face Danny O’Connor in July, but was dramatically called off at the 11th hour when his rival was rushed to hospital after suffering from dehydration.

He added: "It's an honour to fight in Fresno, and we owe it to the fans after what happened last time."