Ramirez, in what many said was the toughest test of his young pro boxing career, scored a fifth-round KO of Denver’s Rob Frankel.
• The 22-year-old is now pointed toward a July fight in China that would be televised by HBO.
• A seven-bout card drew a crowd of 8,640 to Selland Arena.
Jose Ramirez stared boxing’s memorial service in the face, humbled yet another foe, blew the roof off Selland Arena before a sellout crowd and remained unbeaten Saturday night.The 22-year-old Olympian from Avenal not only opposed a fighter 12 years his senior, Denver’s Rob Frankel, he opposed a foe with 36 more professional fights.And yet Ramirez, in the “toughest test he has faced,” according to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum — who was present in the 49-year-old downtown house on Ventura Avenue,undeniably validating the bout and the rising star — rocked Frankel with a left hook midway through the first round, launching a continuous battering and chase that ended with the southpaw’s signature hook into the ribs 2 minutes, 18 seconds into the fifth round while improving to 14-0.(To read more)