A clash to climb the super lightweight world rankings takes place this Saturday night at Save Mart Arena in Fresno, as former WBC and WBO boss, Jose Carlos Ramirez, takes on former lightweight world champion Richard Commey, over a scheduled twelve rounds.
ESPN televise Ramirez vs Commey live in the USA, while Sky Sports will broadcast the fight in the UK.
Ramirez (27-1, 17 KOs) won the WBC title in March 2018, outscoring Amir Imam, and made two defences before adding the WBO strap by stopping Maurice Hooker in six rounds in July 2019.
After a struggle against Viktor Postol, where the Californian took a majority decision, the 30-year-old went for the undisputed title against Josh Taylor in May 2021.
In the end, two trips to the canvas for Ramirez proved crucial, as the Scot took a razor-thin decision win.
‘Jaguar’ returned to action last March, and got past the respected Jose Pedraza on the cards after twelve rounds.
A shot at WBC champion, Regis Prograis appeared on the cards, but Ramirez passed up on the fight which was ordered by the WBC.
He now meets Commey (30-4-1, 27 KOs), a Ghanaian in patchy form.
The 36-year-old did serve as IBF lightweight champion, but after one defence, he was sparked in two rounds by Teofimo Lopez in December 2019.
Commey would contend at the top level again two years later, but was dropped and widely outpointed by Vasiliy Lomachenko, prompting a move to 140 pounds.
There, he debuted last August, but found common opponent Jose Pedraza tricky, and had to settle for a ten round draw.
Prediction: At 36, Commey is past his best, and I don’t expect him to put many dents in Ramirez, who can score a stoppage in the later rounds.
Estrada in unification clash
The undercard features world title action, and the impressive Seniesa Estrada (23-0, 9 KOs) can add the WBC minimumweight title of Tina Rupprecht (12-0-1, 3 KOs) to her WBA strap with a points win.
Unbeaten lightweight prospect, Raymond Muratalla (16-0, 13 KOs) also features, and the Californian should score a stoppage win against Humberto Galindo (14-2-1, 11 KOs).
In six rounders, Antonio Mireles (6-0, 6 KOs) can keep his knockout streak in tact with an early win at heavyweight against Patrick Mailata (6-1, 3 KOs), and unbeaten super lightweight, Ricardo Ruvalcaba (7-0-1, 6 KOs) can take a points win against Marco Cardenas (9-7-1, 4 KOs).
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Charlie Sheehy (5-0, 4 KOs) can win his lightweight contest against Angel Rebollar (6-1, 3 KOs) on the cards.
In four round action, Jessie Guerrero (3-0-1, 3 KOs) should take his flyweight affair against Eduardo Alvarez (0-2) on points, and Subaru Murata (3-0, 3 KOs) should take care of Jose Negrete (2-1, 2 KOs) inside schedule at super bantamweight.