Top Rank promoter Bob Arum today announced the signing of Méxican-American amateur sensation JOSE RAMÍREZ to an exclusive long-term promotional agreement. Ramírez will make his professional debut in a four-round lightweight bout on the undercard of the December 8 Manny Pacquiao–Juan Manuel Márquez 4 welterweight bout.
"I feel very blessed to have the team that I have around me and that Top Rank will make my team even stronger,” said Ramírez. “I feel I'm in great hands with Top Rank and they care about their fighters."
"We are ecstatic to sign Jose Ramírez to a promotional contract,” said Arum, Top Rank’s founder and CEO. “We considered Jose to be the leading prospect among the fighters comprising the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team."
Ramírez, 20, who began boxing when he was 8, is from Avenal, California. He surpassed Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Shane Mosley to become USA Boxing’s all-time lightweight record holder. The No. 1-rated amateur lightweight in the U.S., Ramírez’s resume boasts 145 victories and 11 National titles.
“Jose’s fan-friendly style of fighting – always on the attack and throwing lots of punches – is a perfect fit for Top Rank,” said Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler. “We have very high expectations for him.”
By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services