Julian Ramirez shuts out Raul Hidalgo in ‘LA Fight Club’ main event
LOS ANGELES, California – Early in his professional career, featherweight prospect Julian Ramirez would end fights early due to his punching power. Ramirez is now demonstrating he can outbox his opponents, too.
Ramirez was in control throughout his 10 round “LA Fight Club” main event, winning a shutout unanimous decision over Raul Hidalgo before a sold-out Belasco Theatre. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Ramirez.
Ramirez improves to 14-0, 8 KOs, while Hidalgo drops to 23-13, 17 KOs.
Ramirez, who resides in nearby East Los Angeles, was fighting in his first scheduled 10 round bout after having fought eight rounds on two occasions. In his last bout on Nov. 13, Ramirez stopped Pedro Melo after the fourth round.
From the opening bell, the southpaw Ramirez worked from the center of the ring, looking to set up his punches as Hidalgo attempted to get on the inside. Ramirez worked behind a consistent jab, but was able to land a lead left to the head or the body of Hidalgo.
The veteran Hidalgo was able to land an occasional right to the head of Ramirez, but any rally the shorter Hidalgo attempted to build on was thwarted by a combination by Ramirez.
The pace of the fight slowed down in the middle rounds, save for a few exchanges between the two fighters. It was during this time that Hidalgo began bleeding from the nose.
By the seventh round, Hidalgo, who has fought a number of unbeaten fighters and prospects, looked as though he was in survival mode. He kept his distance, only fighting back whenever Ramirez would get in close.
Ramirez looked as though he was trying to get the knockout in the final two rounds. He pressed the action, attacking Hidalgo aggressive with hard punches to the head and body. Hidalgo was able to hold on or moved around the ring to avoid Ramirez’s punches until the final bell sounded.
Falcao decisions Tucker
Middleweight prospect Yamaguchi Falcao won a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over late sub Deartie Tucker.
With the win, Falcao improves to 5-0, 1 NC, 2 KOs, while Tucker drops to 2-1, 2 KOs
The pedigree between the two fighters was evident early on as the more polished Falcao controlled the tempo of the fight. The southpaw Falcao landed the more telling blows, mostly lead left crosses or counter to the head, stopping Tucker in his tracks.
To his credit, Tucker showed a lot of heart by fighting back, catching Falcao with an occasional counter right to the head during these exchanges early on in the fight.
Towards the end of the third round, referee Wayne Hedgpeth deducted a point from Falcao for landing a punch below Tucker’s belt line.
Tucker’s punch output dropped considerably in the second half of the fight, allowing Falcao to control the action. Falcao would have likely stopped Tucker had he sat down more on his punches as opposed to throwing winging shots that did find their mark, but had little effect on them.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Falcao, 59-54 59-54 and 58-55.
“I’m happy about the win, but the fight surprised me,” said Falcao after the fight. “I couldn’t find my rhythm. I need to go back to the gym so the fans could see the real Yamaguchi.”
Lopes KOs Seyam in 1
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, junior welterweight Everton Lopes knocked out Robert Seyam with one punch in the opening stanza.
Lopes improves to 2-0, 1 KO, while Seyam drops to 2-3, 2 KOs.
The Brazilian fighter fought from a distance while Seyam tried to get on the inside. After over a minute passed by, Lopes landed a left hand to the body, dropping Seyam to one knee. Seyam remained on the canvas while referee Dr. Lou Moret counted him out at 1:24.
In other bouts:
– In a swing bout, featherweight Joet Gonzalez (9-0, 4 KOs) knocked out Ali Gonzalez in the second round. A left hook to the body dropped Ali Gonzalez (6-6-1, 1 KO), where referee Wayne Hedgpeth counted him out at 2:55.
– In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, welterweight Melsik Baghdasaryan stopped Mario Angeles (1-7-2) at 2:10 of the third round. Baghdasaryan was making his professional debut.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing