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[Final Presser Recap] Ramirez Predicts Entertaining First Defense with Orozco’s Pressure Style

Final press conference quotes for the Ramirez-Orozco card airing on ESPN September 14.


FRESNO — At yesterday’s final press conference, newly crowned WBC 140 pound title-holder Jose Ramirez promised an entertaining scrap when he faces fellow pressure fighter Antonio Orozco this Friday (September 13) on ESPN.

Ramirez is making a hometown first-defense of the title he won in March by outpointing Amir Imam. Orozco, who is also undefeated, is looking to regain the momentum he lost in recent years due to weight struggles.

The co-feature pits Jamel Herring against John Vincent Moralde. Herring, who spent several frustrating years under Premier Boxing Champions, is seeking to get back into contention with a statement win and show he was underutilized by his former promoter.

The fighters had this to say about their upcoming bouts.



Jose Ramirez

“It’s definitely a dream come true to come home as a world champion, to be able to deliver world championship fights and be part of world championship fights here in Central California. I’m very happy to be able to bring this type of entertainment to this area, to the fans that deserve it.”

On new trainer Robert Garcia

“It’s been great. I’ve known Robert since my amateur career. He’s followed my career since the amateurs. He’s seen a lot of good things in me, a lot of positive things in me since the amateurs. Now that I’m able to train with him, he’s very excited and motivated to train me. I hope to continue to impress a world class trainer like Robert Garcia, to push ourselves to the limits.”

“Antonio is a very active fighter in the ring. He’s a pressure fighter like myself, and I’m more than excited to be facing fighters like him. I consider Antonio to be one of the very best in the division.”

Antonio Orozco

“I’m ready. That’s as clean as it can get. This is the opportunity that every fighter wants to get to, and mine came at the right moment. Things happen for a reason. I’m here in Fresno in front of a great champion. I’m ready. That’s all I can tell you.”

“Fresno is great. It’s hot. And I think it’s going to get hotter inside the ring. The person in front of me is going to be Jose Ramirez, and he’s the only objective at the moment.”

Jamel Herring

“It’s an honor to be out here in Fresno. Rick {Mirigian} and Top Rank have done a great job. We all know I’m from Long Island, New York, but my presence here makes me feel like I’m back home, especially with my Marine Corps family that I got to see yesterday. It was a great honor.”

“I’m just ready to go. I’m excited. I’ve had a great training camp. I’m in there with ‘Bud’ Crawford, one of the best fighters in the world. We’ve actually done a lot of sparring together.”

“Being a Marine, I feel like I have a lot to prove. I carry myself as a Marine, even though I haven’t been active duty since 2012. Once a Marine, always a Marine. ESPN and the people of Fresno are going to get a great show.”

John Vincent Moralde

“I would like to invite all Filipinos here in Fresno to come and watch and support the fight.”

9-0 prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. continues his development in the opener against Roger Gutierrez. The 18-year-old is just in his second year as a pro and excited to be making his ESPN debut.
Gabriel Flores Jr.

“I’m not a fully grown man, but I’m fighting fully grown men. I gotta look the part. Fighting on ESPN is going to be great, my first time. I’m going to make the best of the opportunity. There’s going to be a lot of kids back home watching me and seeing me on the big stage back in Stockton, California. I’m from Stockton. I had the odds against me, and now I’m here. They now know they can do something with their lives, just like I did with mine.”

“I expect hundreds of people {from Stockton} to come. It’s the big talk around town. I show up to local events back home. They talk to me, take pictures, and I appreciate the love they give me. Why should they tune in? They should tune in because, like they said, I’m the future. I’m going to do great Friday night. I feel good.”


The ESPN card begins at 10 p.m. ET. Those subscribed to ESPN+ can view the extended undercard beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET and showcasing the following bouts:

Bryan Vasquez. vs. Carlos Cardenas, 10/8 rounds, lightweight

Alexander Besputin. vs. Alan Sanchez, 10 rounds, vacant USBA welterweight title

Hiroki Okada vs. Cristian Coria, 10 rounds, super lightweight

Isidro Ochoa vs. Elio De Jesus, 6 rounds, featherweight

Santos Ortega vs. Sebastian Baltazar, 4 rounds, super bantamweight


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