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14 NOVEMBER 2018


Espinoza Boxing Club Prospects In Action

Luis Ramos
Luis Ramos

By Derek Bonnett: It’s almost too early to call Luis Ramos and Ronny Rios prospects, but that hasn’t prevented the Espinoza Boxing Club from avidly promoting these two young neophytes who just might be carrying the weight of EBC on their backs a few years down the road.

The California-based fighters will be fighting next on December 11 at the Marriott Hotel in Irvine, CA against opponents to be named. Ramos, 20, has built an 8-0 (5) record in just over a year as a professional. Rios, 18, was victorious by first round KO in his pro debut this past October. The Top Rank boxing card will also see action from Abraham Lopez, Carlos Molina, and Jesus Hernandez.

The EBC also handles boxing’s thrill-a-minute champion Israel Vazquez and contenders such as Alejandro Valdez and Miguel Angel Huerta.

Secondsout caught up with EBC’s own Frankie Espinoza Jr. this past weekend for a Q&A session and, as usual, Frankie was ecstatic to share the skinny on the two young apprentices of the sport.

Derek Bonnett - How did EBC come across Ramos and Rios? Describe their amateur pedigree and style.

Frankie Espinoza, Jr.- Well, we heard a lot of good things about Ramos and Rios when they were amateurs. We had several people come up to us and suggest we should keep an eye out for these kids. Fortunately for us, their trainer, Hector Lopez, approached us and the rest was history. Both Ramos and Rios had very successful amateurs careers. They each had over 100 fights and won plenty of awards in the amateurs. Both men have the style of boxer/punchers. They are exciting to watch because they come to fight and are technically sound at the same time. As far as weakness, they don’t have the experience yet, but are progressing in each fight and the gym.

DB- What is the strategy behind bringing these two fighters up? Will they remain at lightweight and super featherweight for the immediate future?

FE- I feel Luis Ramos will continue competing at lightweight. We feel that weight class suits him well. As for Rios, we feel he can compete at jr. featherweight, but he’s only 18 years old and will most likely move up in weigh at some point in his career.

DB- What is the greatest challenge in bringing a fighter up the rankings from the start?

FE- The greatest challenge in brining up a fighter up from the start is knowing when to test them. You don’t want to feed your fighters a bunch of tomato cans because at the end of the day you’re doing more harm than good for them. But at the same time, you can’t throw them in with the wolves too soon. You really have to know your fighter and have a good sense if they are ready for that next level.

DB- At this stage what do you try to get out of the selection process for an opponent?

FE- At this point of their careers we want someone who will test them, give them rounds, and bring out the best in them.

DB- What role do these men fill in the EBC stable? Have they benefitted from the senior fighters in anyway?

FE- These kids are the future of Espinoza Boxing! So, their role is very important. I do believe they have benefited from watching the senior fighters from our stable. It’s great because they see a fighter like Israel Vazquez fight on the big stage and win. And not only do they see that, but they want that.

DB- What types of boxing shows have they appeared on before? Are they getting the right attention and feedback?

FE- Ronny just turned pro, but Ramos has appeared in eight local shows in Southern California this year. He also fought on ESPN earlier this year. It’s great because they are building a nice fan base and the local media are starting to take notice. Within time, the world will see both Luis Ramos and Ronny Rios shine.

Hopefully, ESPN will have Ramos back on their Friday night show in the near future and also give Rios an opportunity once he grows in experience. The recently canceled Telefuture boxing show was an excellent medium for young Hispanic fighters to gain exposure, so the other networks will have to pick up their load and give the fans the necessary exposure to fighters like Ramos and Rios.

December 2, 2008
Ronny Rios
Ronny Rios

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