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The bout with Barrera will be Ramirez’ first under the Golden Boy Promotions banner since signing with the Oscar De La Hoya-led company in February after a long run with Top Rank and a brief stint fighting under his own promotional outfit, Zurdo Promotions. The way he sees it, the fit is perfect for him at this point of his career.
Also on hand were the co-feature fighters Joseph Diaz Jr. (31-1-1, 15 KOs) and Javier Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs) who collide for the WBC interim lightweight title.
Joseph Diaz Jr: “I am going to let my actions do the talking. I know that this opportunity is for a reason. I plan on taking the tough challenges. Everyone has been ducking Javier Fortuna and I will go out there and show what I am about.”
Javier Fortuna: “I am motivated for this fight. I am focused for this fight and I have had a good preparation. I like to fight. It’s easy to call out the devil but it’s another matter to come face to face.”
"I wish Ryan Garcia nothing but the best because I know and I've dealt with mental health and mental issues before, and I still do to this day, man, and I'm working on it like how a lot of people are recovering. And I wish him nothing but the best but I just saw that as an opening.”
Diaz acknowledged that while Fortuna is an opportunity to impress again, he is a tough opponent in his own right.
“First of all, he (De La Hoya) was so flexible with me and what I wanted, and he has good ideas for me,” said Ramirez. “I think it's great for me because I used to watch Oscar De La Hoya many, many times and he's my idol and I want to be there with him too.”
“I’m ready to face the most difficult challenge of my career in Hector Tanajara Jr.,” said William Zepeda. “I have worked all my life to be able to fight on big stages such as the Zurdo vs. Barrera event. I know that Tanajara Jr. very elusive fighter, but I will do everything in my power to make him stand in the center of the ring and give a real show to all the fans.”
Diego De La Hoya (22-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico will face Bryan Chevalier (15-1-1, 12 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a 10-round featherweight fight.
In a historic bout for women’s boxing, Naoka Fujioka (18-2-1, 8 KOs), Japan’s only five-division world champion, will defend her WBA Flyweight World Championship against Mexican standout Sulem Urbina (12-1, 2 KOs).
Former world title challenger Lamont Roach Jr. (20-1-1, 8 KOs) of Washington, D.C. will participate in a 10-round super featherweight battle.
Explosive Armenian contender Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (19-3, 16 KOs) will return in a 10-round super bantamweight fight.
Heavyweight standout Mihai Nistor (2-0, 2 KOs) of Bucharest, Romania will fight in an eight-round bout against Colby Madison (9-2-2, 6 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland.
But will he help with sparring for De La Hoya’s September bout with former UFC champion Vitor Belfort?