Jose Ramirez: Fighting forward

Growing up in California’s Central Valley there is an understanding of certain principles, a common ground that is shared by every family from every background. Nearly every Central Valley resident understands the concept of a strong work ethic.

For many families work ethic is a core principal that has been instilled by families from one generation to the next. It is a core principal that makes the agriculture capitol of the world a great place to live.

A resident of Avenal, California Jose Ramirez took notice the work ethic his family displayed on a daily basis. For someone with the drive and determination like Ramirez, that work ethic is all he needed. He would make a deal with himself to never take a step back in anything he would do in life, especially boxing.

“I grew up with humble beginnings with a Mexican family that came to the united states to work and to give us a better future,” Ramirez recalls of his life growing up, “My parents have gone so far so for me and to take a step back is not fair to them so I have always wanted to continue to fight forward because they did so much i don’t want to be unappreciative; my work ethic has been there from the beginning because of my parents.”

With the support of his parents he gravitated toward the sport of boxing where his skills rapidly developed. From time-to-time he would secure small sponsorships to pay for boxing shoes and trips to compete in various boxing events. But it was his parents that would do what they could to earn extra income to support Ramirez in developing as a boxer. As a result he amassed an impressive amateur pedigree which earned him a spot on the 2012 Olympic team. It was during that time he met hall of fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach.

“I like people with good work ethic,” said Roach, “he was the only guy on the olympic team that would want to sneak back to the gym to get a work out in.” As a result of the extra workouts Roach was asked to leave the 2012 Olympic team. During that Olympic appearance no U.S. boxer returned home with a gold medal. The last U.S. Gold Medalist was Andre Ward who earned gold in the 2004 games. Now back together Ramirez is developing his trademark left hook at the world famous Wild Card Gym.

Through the early part of his professional career he made an impact on the boxing scene and in the community. His fights were billed as, Fight for Water which is a cause he created with the Latino Water Coalition as he noticed the severe repercussions from water restrictions and impact the drought had in his hometown and other central valley communities.

His fights would set attendance records and generate high ratings as part of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo series which airs on Univision. Locally, he fought on the campus of Lemoore Jr. College, Tachi Palace, Selland Arena and the Save Mart Center. To date that event at the Save Mart Center was the pinnacle of his career and gave fight fans a glimpse to his potential as boxing star. His hard work shows in the gym and on fight night.

He is steadily progressing from prospect to contender and a title shot is a matter of time. When that time comes he will certainly have the support of the valley.