Casey Ramos prepares for battle in and out of the ring
Casey Ramos has been preparing for two battles in recent weeks.
He squares off against Andy Vences in a match-up of unbeaten junior lightweights tonight at the Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas.
Four days later, Ramos hopes to win a seat on the Austin, Texas City Council.
The way the fight game is, along with politics, it would be interesting to see which of Ramos’ two opponents would keep his (or her) punches up.
Before Ramos fully focuses his attention on Tuesday’s election, he has to get by the taller and younger Vences in a scheduled 10-round bout that will air on UniMas, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/ PT.
Most “Solo Boxeo Tecate” bouts have been used as showcase fights for Top Rank Promotions’ prospects and contenders, so it is rare to see a clash of unbeaten fighters whom Top Rank promotes.
Ramos (23-0, 6 knockouts) survived a second round knockdown to eventually stop Hardy Paredes in round five of his most recent bout on July 16. It was Ramos’ first knockout win in over four-and-a-half years.
He will face a stern test in Vences (16-0, 10 KOs), who has won back-to-back eight-round decisions over modest opposition.
While he trains in the evening, Ramos has spent numerous hours campaigning to win a seat in District 2 of Austin’s city council. He has donated his time to coordinating events, such as back-to-school giveaways of school supplies and helping people register to vote.
Ramos is attempting to unseat incumbent Delia Ramos.
On top of the hectic schedule, Ramos is taking classes to earn his Bachelors of Arts degree in economics from St. Edwards University in Austin. He is scheduled to graduate in May of 2017.
While Austin has stood out as an eccentric yet creative city that embraces its awkwardness and uniqueness, Ramos is focused on helping Austin’s working class.
Tonight will mark the fourth time Ramos will headline a Solo Boxeo Tecate broadcast.
In the opening bout, scheduled for eight rounds, unbeaten welterweight Alex Saucedo (22-0, 14 KOs) will face Raymond Serrano (21-3, 9 KOs).
In an intriguing 10-round non-televised bout, unbeaten super middleweight Jesse Hart (20-0, 16 KOs) will square off against Andrew Hernandez (16-4-1, 7 KOs), who is riding a six-bout winning streak.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.
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