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Julian Ramirez talks upcoming August 24th fight

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8CN’s David Hopper got a chance to speak with undefeated featherweight prospect Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (8-0, 5 KOs). The 20-year-old southpaw, who resides in East Los Angeles, will fight on the Abner Mares-Jhonny Gonzalez undercard August 24 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

DH: Talk about your performance in your last fight, a unanimous decision victory over Aaron Olivares.

JR: I did good in my last fight. I hurt the guy in the first round. He was cut and everything, but I hurt my hand. I hurt my left hand. After the first round I was just boxing him with my jab, and I won the fight like that. I think I did good. I wasn’t happy about it. My trainer and my manager said I did good because my hand was messed up and I still outboxed him.

DH: Would you say Olivares was maybe the best fighter you’ve fought so far at the professional level?

JR: He put a lot of pressure but I don’t know if he was the best one. He’s a good fighter.

DH: You will return to the ring later this month, right?

JR: Yeah on the 24th on the undercard of Mares-Gonzalez.

DH: Do you know who your opponent will be?

JR: I’m not sure yet. They gave me a name and I think I’m fighting someone else now. I will probably know the week of the fight.

DH: Where will the fight be held?

JR: In Carson, California at the Stub Hub Center.

DH: What do you feel you have learned about the pro game since making your debut in February 2012?

JR: I learned a couple things. I learned that the gloves are so small that if you have them real close to your face it’s still going to hurt you when they punch you. You’re still going to feel it because the gloves are so small. I’ve always had a pro style. I learned how to fight more like a pro than as an amateur since I was a little kid. I’ve never had an amateur style. I also learned just to be ready because they’ll tell you you’re going to fight this guy and then the guy drops and then you’ll fight another guy. At the end of the day you’ll end up fighting someone completely different. Just be ready for whoever. That’s pretty much it.

DH: So sometimes you end up facing a different fighter than you expected. To prepare for that do you try to spar with a lot of different opponents? I’m sure you have already seen a lot of different styles throughout the amateurs and pros, but do you try to pick a variety of sparring partners?

JR: Yeah, I just go to different gyms and spar with different people. I try to spar with heavier guys. I don’t spar with a lot of people my weight because I’m going to fight soon. I might not ever fight them but I might fight them so I spar with heavier guys. I spar with different styles all the time.

DH: Who are some of the well-known boxers you have sparred with?

JR: Miguel Vazquez, the lightweight champ now. He has a super weird style. Right now I’m actually sparring with Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson, the guy that beat [Jorge] Linares. I’m sparring with him. He’s heavier. He’s 130. There are a lot of guys out here. There are some Japanese champs that I’ve sparred with a lot. Over here in L.A. you get nothing but good sparring. I can’t name them all.

DH: So you don’t have to leave California? There are obviously several famous gyms there. Is it never hard to find good sparring partners?

JR: Yeah you show up to the gym at 10 o’clock Monday, Wednesday or Friday and there’s good sparring. It’s just random. It’s like the lottery. You just go and you don’t know who you’re going to spar with that day, but just be ready.

DH: You are signed with Golden Boy, right?

JR: Yes sir.

DH: Have you been signed with them from the start of your pro career?

JR: I haven’t been signed with them. I fought my first two fights with them, with Golden Boy, but they were talking with me before that. We signed with them after my second pro fight.

DH: How did that come about? Did one of Golden Boy’s scouts see you fight in the amateurs?

JR: Yeah, like that. I was doing pretty good. I don’t know how it happened. It all happened fast.

DH: How old were you when you first started boxing?

JR: 12

DH: What attracted you to boxing?

JR: My Grandpa took me to the gym, and I had some cousins that were already boxing and training. I liked watching but I didn’t really care for it. My cousins were boxing and one of them was like ‘I’ll beat you up’ now that I’m training and whatever. I sparred with him without knowing anything and my great Grandpa was telling me that I was a natural. A lot of people were telling me that I was a natural. It just went on from there. I kept training. I just saw it like as a sport because I played baseball, basketball, I played everything. I wanted to win at boxing so I just took boxing on from there.

DH: How would you describe your fighting style?

JR: I can box and I can brawl, like a puncher-boxer.

DH: What do you think is your best punch?

JR: Probably my straight left.

DH: Talk a little about your amateur career. Didn’t you have around 80 fights?

JR: Close to 80. I won almost all the tournaments. When I went open I didn’t really fight much. I fought like one time. I went open at 16. I fought in the U.S.A. Open and I lost in the finals. Then I stopped for like a year because I was trying to graduate from high school. After that I fought one more time for Mexico in the Mex Games, they have a tournament out here. I fought over here and I won so I went to Mexico for the Mexican Olympic Trials and I lost over there. I came back and my last fight in the trials I fought Gary Russell Jr. I won and then I lost the next day. It was supposed to be an easy fight. I don’t know what happened but I lost.

DH: As a professional do you feel comfortable at featherweight? Is your goal to stay at featherweight and win a title?

JR: Yeah, I’m going to try to stay at 122 as long as I can and try to win a bout there. Then I’ll move up to 26.

DH: You’ve had 8 fights in the year and a half since you turned pro. Do you feel like your career is progressing on schedule? Are you fighting at the rate you would like to?

JR: Yeah, I was fighting almost every month, but I hurt my left hand so I took three months off. I’m pretty sure it’s going to get busier if I keep doing good in my next fights.

DH: Anything you want to add or say to your fans in closing?

JR: I’ve been training hard. You’re going to see me the 24th. I’ll be strong and ready to give you a good fight. My Twitter and Instagram is El_Camaron23.

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