Jose Ramirez To Return In September After Latest Fight Got Canned

After Jose Ramirez’s planned July 7 fight against Danny O’Connor was called off, plans quickly shifted to have the 140-pound world champion fight on one of the biggest boxing weekends of the year.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said Ramirez will fight on September 14 on a Top Rank card with no venue announced against an opponent to be named later. September 14 is the day before Gennady Golovkin faces off against Canelo Alvarez on an HBO pay-per-view fight in Las Vegas.

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When we get hit, then we hit back stronger -- I was able to get September 14th ------------ on one of boxing biggest fight weekends for @jcramirez2012 set with Top Rank as Bob Arum announced last night, I hope to announce the location and venue this upcoming week and will work tirelessly to get this done and get Ramirez the stage he deserves and in his backyard and home to defend his World Title. We are going to do something very special as well for ALL those who came last night and supported the show, so save those ticket stubs as they are going to be very valuable. God didn't want Ramirez to fight this weekend, while tough and hard to deal with, the reason never shows itself at first. It's almost as God wants to see how bad you want it, how hard you will work to get it and waits till you find out what you truly are capable of handling and right when you feel you have gave every ounce of what you have, he nudges you just enough to cross the finish line. Nothing is easy at this level, there is no hand book for these things. In most settings you are learning with your fighter as he is with you on so many things. My lesson was the mental part of World Champion and World Class fighter at the moment his opponent falls off for weight the day before fight and can't fight period because he was not prepared and medically admitted to hospital. I learned that no matter what it was, money, opponent, the show that we both depend on, business or anything that he trained for that it was this fight he killed himself and came ready as a pro at all cost for and if he was not fighting who he was supposed to, that was it and no more was to be asked. His mental well being was as important as his physical one and that is what makes him who he is. So we dug deep, fought to keep it all together and get him back what he needed and we did. My guy is protected financially and no matter what was ok because IM VERY GOOD AT WHAT I DO --, but that was irrelevant at that moment because he has to perform in that ring or there is nothing. Just a few more steps for me to work through next week and then I can look up and tell God, "Ok, I get it now, thanks for the tough love"...

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Ramirez was supposed to defend his WBC junior welterweight title against O’Connor in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card in Fresno, California, but the fight got called off during weigh-ins the day before due to O’Connor being hospitalized earlier in the day. O’Connor was hospitalized after suffering severe dehydration as a result of his weight cut. The fight got scrapped, but the card remained with a new main event. The new main event saw Egidijus Kavaliauskas defeat Juan Carlos Abreu by unanimous decision to retain the NABF welterweight title.

The fight was going to be Ramirez’s first title defense since winning the belt back in March. Ramirez defeated Amir Imam at a Top Rank Boxing card at Madison Square Garden to win the title that was vacated by former undisputed champion Terence Crawford in his move up in weight.

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