Jose Ramirez faces Kinda after Bracero drops out
Unbeaten junior welterweight Jose Ramirez (18-0, 13 knockouts) will face Issouf Kinda (18-3, 7 KOs) after his prior opponent, Gabriel Bracero pulled out of a Dec. 2 ‘Solo Boxeo’ card at Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California, it was announced by promoter Top Rank on Monday.
Bracero wasn’t available for the fight after issues in training, according to promoter Lou DiBella. “Redemption is a wonderful story when it’s real until that person loses sight of their own way,” DiBella said in a phone interview of a fighter who has run afoul of the law in his career.
Ramirez, a highly touted former 2012 U.S. Olympian, stopped Tomas Mendez in the fourth round on July 9 and will be making his second appearance as the headliner at Save Mart Center after he won a decision against Johnny Garcia on Dec. 5 in front of a sellout of 13,100.
“I didn’t know things like this happened in the pros,” Ramirez said in a press release of the late opponent switch. “I saw it in the amateurs but not in the pros. But I have been working really hard, and I’m ready for whoever it’s in the opposite side of the ring.”
Kinda won a majority decision against Zach Ramsey on May 13 after he was stopped in the sixth round by Ismael Barroso in March of 2015. He has lost three of his last five. Bracero (24-3, 5 KOs) won a decision against former two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi on July 30 at Barclays Center after he wrecked Danny O’Connor in the first round in October of 2015.
But he has been plagued by out-of-the-ring issues throughout his career. He was reportedly charged with assault of a NYPD officer, as well as criminal possession of a weapon, obstructing government administration and resisting arrest from a February incident, and he has 12 previous arrests, according to the NY Post.