Luis Ramos Jr beats Beltran, Omar Figueroa Jr crushes Michael Perez

7 Jan

On The Beak – Admin

During a weekend when Showtime is available in more than 60 million homes as a part of the network’s ‘Free Preview Weekend’, a pair of lightweights took full advantage by capturing minor titles with impressive, entertaining performances from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. In the main event, Luis Ramos Jr won a close, ten-round unanimous decision over veteran Raymundo Beltran to claim the the WBA Fedelatin lightweight title.

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In the opening bout of ShoBox: The New Generation, Omar Figueroa Jr. scored a knockout at the end of six to win the WBO Intercontinental Youth lightweight title when Michael Perez told the doctor that he couldn’t continue before the start of the seventh.

Heading into the evening – after being on the losing side of many tight distance fights – Beltran declared: “The judges are my enemies.” Coming out of this evening’s fight, it’s doubtful that his position has changed.

Ramos (21-0-0, 9ko), of Santa Ana, Calif. and Beltran (25-6-0, 17ko), of North Hollywood, Calif. engaged in a crowd-pleasing, ten-round rumble that exemplified aggression and fortitude. The fight included swings in momentum where both fighters landed solid power shots – and demonstrated equally solid chins. But, as the scores were announced, Beltran listened with disgust as Fritz Werner awarded the bout to Ramos 96-94 while James Jen Kin and Daniel Sandoval scored the contest 97-93 to make the decision unanimous.

“I was a little nervous about the decision because I knew it was a tough fight,” said Ramos. “[Beltran] was a tough fighter with a great record but I proved that I could hang in there and take punches.”

Nevertheless, the victory was an important step and promising glimpse into Ramos’ future. The 23-year-old showed his mettle and maintained his composure against the rugged Beltran. Ramos sustained a cut above his right eye after a clash of heads in the third session. The younger Ramos fought through adversity, even seeming to fight with more fervour and urgency following the cut.

Said Ramos: “He got me with a few head butts, but the blood didn’t really bother me.”

The two men engaged in many exchanges full of hooks and headshots with Beltran staying busier but Ramos punching more accurately. The Sho Stats compiled by CompuBox listed Beltran as landing 156 of 522 punches to Ramos’ 190 of 418.

As Showtime boxing analyst Steve Farhood said of the fight: “If I had to pick one word: intensity.”

In the night’s opening bout, the first punches thrown on Showtime in 2012 arrived quickly as Perez (15-1-1, 9ko), of Newark, N.J. and Figueroa (14-0-1, 11ko), of Weslaco, Texas came out swinging at a quick pace. What seemed to be a competitive action fight for the first two rounds turned into a dominant performance for Figueroa as Perez struggled to deal with his constant pressure.

“It was my legs,” said Perez. “I had no power since round two. I’m disappointed.”

Figueroa moved forward throughout the bout, landing combinations and winging power shots to the body. In the end, body blows proved to be the difference as Figueroa outlanded Perez 78 to 48. Before the bell in round six, Figueroa sent a worn Perez back to his corner after connecting with a shot to the midsection that doubled over the Garden State native. Perez stayed on his feet but never made it back out of his corner.

“I was a little disappointed. I hit him with all my best shots but he didn’t go down,” said Figueroa. “But I was confident. I never thought I was going to lose. I’ve been asking for tough opponents. I wanted to fight the best and I proved I can deal with this and much more.

“[Perez] was a tough opponent but that’s what I’ve been asking for.”

ShoBox returns with a championship edition on Friday, January 20 at 11 p.m. on Showtime when Rico Ramos (20-0-0, 11ko) makes the first defense of his WBA super bantamweight world title against former amateur standout Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0-0, 6ko).

Showtime Championship Boxing kicks off 2012 with the most anticipated rematch of the year. On Saturday, Febuary 11 former world champions “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22ko), of Ventura, Calif., and Andre Berto (28-1-0, 22ko), of Winter Haven, Fla., will slug it out one more time after their 2011 bout earned Fight of the Year honors from USA Today and The Ring Magazine.

Announced in tonight’s telecast, Paul “The Punisher” Williams will take on Nobuhiro Ishida on Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday, February 18.

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