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Jose Ramirez to be trained by Robert Garcia for first world title defense

Ramirez (left) and Amir Imam trade jabs. Photo courtesy of @TRboxing

Unbeaten junior welterweight Jose Ramirez will have a new trainer in his corner when he makes the first defense of his WBC world title.

The 25-year-old boxer-puncher, who will reportedly face Danny O’Connor at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, where he happens to have a huge following, will be trained by acclaimed coach and former world titleholder Robert Garcia.

The unbeaten Ramirez, who resides in the farming town of Avenal, California, has worked with Freddie Roach since making his professional debut in December 2012. In what turned out to be Roach’s last fight as his trainer, Ramirez won the vacant world title belt with a 12-round unanimous decision over Amir Imam in March.

Garcia told THE RING he has been working with Ramirez for the past couple of weeks.

“His manager (Rick Mirigian) reached out to after his last fight and asked me if I had any interest in working with him,” said Garcia. “I had followed Jose’s career since before he made his pro debut. Top Rank has done very well in building his career and Rick Mirigian has done an excellent job in Fresno to make Jose a star in that area.”

“One thing about Jose that I like a lot is his work ethic. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve seen. The fact that he won a world title and is still humble and trains hard is what I admire a lot about him.”

Ramirez had split time between California’s San Joaquin (Central) Valley and Hollywood, where Roach’s Wild Card Gym in located. According to Garcia, Ramirez is weighing up different living arrangements.

“Jose is actually looking for an apartment or a house to rent in Riverside (where Garcia’s gym is located).”

Ramirez is sure to get excellent sparring in Riverside. Garcia trains his younger brother Mikey Garcia, featherweight contender Abner Mares, welterweight contender Josesito Lopez and unbeaten lightweight prospect Lindolfo Delgado.

Garcia pointed to the many things both he and Ramirez have in common that will likely strengthen their relationship outside the ring.

“Jose is a very humble person,” said THE RING Trainer of the Year for 2011. “He loves to give back to his community and has spoken to politicians in Sacramento regarding the lack of water for farmers where he lives.

“His father works in the (agricultural) fields and my parents did the same thing in Oxnard. He has also spoken out in favor of these workers getting their (U.S.) citizenship.

“We both have a lot in common. I think our relationship will get stronger. I’m very excited to work with someone like him.”


Francisco A. Salazar can be reached by email at [email protected] on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.


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  • Ten Count Toronto

    Interesting decision. Other than personality or cultural reasons I can’t think of a rationale for making a change now. Maybe just the fear of Roach’s tendency to take on high-profile gigs at the expense of other fighters, maybe Ramirez caught a rumor that Roach was going to leave and work with Pacquiao after all?

    I can’t imagine Ramirez being dissatisfied with his results or anyone possibly getting more out of him than Roach has so far. The crafting and execution of strategy in the Imam bout was as good as one could possibly play that type of style matchup both in terms of tactics and the conditioning to see it through.

    • ceylon mooney

      well said.

      hmn. cant think of any other fighter comin off a signature win & switchin trainers. i wonder.

    • Ignacio Ortiz

      Ten Count Toronto apparently Ramirez wants to be the 1 priority in the gym and with Roach he wasn’t so he decided to leave and go with Garcia who said he would make him the 1 priority.

    • Alan

      And perhaps a lot of that came from Ramirez, himself? One of the best 20 boxers in the world, condescending arch-speak or not.

  • Ignacio Ortiz

    This is so bizarre that the guy who trained you from day one leads to a world title and then you decide to dump him??!! Doesn’t make any sense if it’s not broke why fix it? This move seems to be either ego or money based by Ramirez i mean Garcia isn’t that much better of trainer than Roach and i’m sure he got quality work at Wild Card so why leave and go with Garcia?? Something’s up and no one is telling the truth here.