Former unified super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez and former two division Jose Pedraza champion will collide in a 12 round 140 pound battle at the Save Mart Centre on Feb 5 in Fresno, California.
The anticipated fight will be supported by a Heavyweight battle which will also be the long awaited professional boxing debut of former Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr.
“Jose Ramirez has always demanded the biggest challenges, and he’s back in there with a tough former champion in Jose Pedraza,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “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 region’s blue-collar work ethic. I am also delighted that the Central Valley’s next superstar, Richard Torrez Jr., will make his professional debut in front of a sold-out crowd.”
Ramirez (26-1, 17 KOs) will enter the ring for the first time since losing a decision to Josh Taylor in their undisputed 140 pound title fight. Ramirez was able to defend his WBC title four times and was able to unify the belt with a knockout win over Maurice Hooker.
“The new year will bring a big opportunity to battle against a former world champion like Jose Ramirez. This fight is very important for me because I know this will be the fight that will give me the opportunity to win a world title in a third weight division.
“There is no space for a loss. Not on my record, and much less in my mind. I know that Ramirez is a great fighter and always comes well prepared. He always comes in shape to give the fans a great fight.”
The event will be promoted by Top Rank and will be streamed live on ESPN+ . The Tickets for the fight will be $36 and sales begin on the 20th of December.