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Jose Ramirez Returns to Ring at Save Mart Center in February

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Jose Ramirez, left, suffered his only pro defeat against Josh Taylor in May in a fight for the undisputed 140-pound title. (TopRank/Mikey Williams
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Valley native and former unified junior welterweight world champion Jose Ramirez (26-1, 17 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring on Feb. 5 at the Save Mart Center against former two-time world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (29-3) on ESPN+.

Ramirez returns for the first time since suffering his lone defeat to Josh Taylor in May. The local star lost his WBC and WBO belts in an attempt to become the undisputed champion against Taylor, who held the IBF and WBA titles, in Las Vegas.

Jose Ramirez Walkout

Jose Ramirez walks to the ring in front of a record 14,034 fans at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. Photo: TopRank/ Mikey Williams

Working his way back into title contention, Ramirez remains a major draw in Fresno, setting an attendance record at the Save Mart center for boxing in February 2019 with 14,034 fans.

“I am motivated to become world champion once again, and it begins with a tough fight against Pedraza.” Ramirez said “There are no better fans than the ones who pack the Save Mart Center every time I fight. The Central Valley is my home, and it is always an honor to perform for my people.”

Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum said “There are few more exciting atmospheres in boxing than when Jose fights in the Central Valley. The fans there love Jose, and he embodies the regions blue-collar work ethic.”

Richard Torrez Jr. Turns Professional

The special co-main event will feature the professional debut of Olympic super heavyweight silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. from Tulare in a six-round bout.

Torrez was the first American to medal in the super heavyweight division since Riddick Bowe in 1988.

“I can think of no better place to turn pro than in front of my Central Valley friends and family” said Torrez.

Tickets for the event go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. PST.

Richard Torrez

Richard Torrez won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. (AP File)

 

 

A retired 23 year Army Veteran, Albert Baker graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles with a Bachelor's in Film and Media. Beginning his filming career in Los Angeles, Albert has done cinematography and editing work in professional and college sports with projects featured on NBC Sports, ESPN, DAZN, and The Rose Bowl.