Ramirez defends WBC super lightweight belt without Roach in corner

first_imgJose Ramirez punches Amir Imam (black trunks) during their WBC junior welterweight fight at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on March 17, 2018 in New York City. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPIconic trainer Freddie Roach guided Jose Ramirez to the World Boxing Council super lightweight world title, but it will be Robert Garcia in the champion’s corner as Ramirez takes on Danny O’Connor on Saturday.Ramirez signed with Roach after representing the United States at the 2012 London Olympics in a partnership that produced 22 straight professional wins — 16 knockouts — and a world title with his defeat of fellow American Amir Imam in New York on March 17.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Garcia said fans will see little change in Ramirez.“This is our first fight working together and I don’t want Jose to change much,” Garcia said. “This fight will be similar to what people have seen. I think the fans will start to notice the adjustments we have worked on after our second training camp together. We will have more time to work.“We have to put pressure on O’Connor and we have to go to the body. Those are two things that Jose has been very good at during his whole career.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins ‘Stay strong’: Football stars rally round Thai cave boys Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West After that fight however, Ramirez joined forces with Garcia, believing he wasn’t a high enough priority with the high-profile Roach.Despite the upheaval, he goes in as an overwhelming favorite in front of home fans in Fresno, California, against a challenger who brings a record of 30-3 with 11 knockouts to his first world title fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I feel like I have a responsibility as a world champion, so that responsibility helps me stay focused and grounded,” Ramirez said, adding that he hopes it’s a springboard to bigger things in the 140-pound division.“This fight will only lead to bigger fights. It’s another step to fighting the big fights. I want to fight all of the champions, but I have to take care of business July 7 against Danny O’Connor first. I am excited to come home and defend my title.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img

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