Ordinarily, there’s no place where Jesus Ramos would rather be than in a boxing ring.
That feeling doesn’t necessarily go away this weekend, though he can’t help but wonder what he would be doing if not once again fighting live on Fox in primetime.
“I can’t lie, it’s a little tougher this time; Christmas is my favorite holiday,” Ramos told BoxingScene.com ahead of his scheduled 10-round junior welterweight clash with Naim Nelson this Saturday. “We’re a big family, and we’re always together on weekends and especially during the holidays. It will be hard being away from all of them, but it’s going to be worth it in the ring.”
Ramos’ bout with Nelson comes as part of Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox-televised tripleheader, live from Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California.
The bout is the second straight in primetime for the 19-year old southpaw from Casa Grande, Arizona and his first scheduled 10-rounder. His debut on Fox prime was a family affair, appearing on the same pre-Labor Day show with his uncle Abel Ramos, who dropped a 12-round decision to Yordenis Ugas in their secondary welterweight title fight.
The younger Ramos (13-0, 12KOs) fared far better, scoring a 2nd round knockout of unbeaten Esteban Garcia in the opening bout of the Sept. 6 telecast.
“It was a great experience, even though it didn’t end the way we both liked,” Ramos recalls. “We fought on a couple of cards before in Mexico, but nothing like this. We had a nine-week training camp together, out in Omaha. Everything was just united. It was a bittersweet night, but we took a lot from it and I was happy to have been part of my uncle’s undercard like that.”
Ramos remains one of the hottest prospects in the sport, though always remaining true to his roots—in large part to his strong family ties. His eagerness to advance his career no matter the personal sacrifice leads to a third televised fight in an emotional 2020 where many boxers were fortunate to get in the ring just once.
“My family has always looked out for my best interests, and so does everyone at PBC,” notes Ramos, who has stopped his last three opponents and has yet to fight past the 6th round. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities PBC continues to give me. I just fought in September. We stayed ready, we stayed in the gym. The opportunity came and we took it.”
Christmas dinner won’t be in the cards this weekend, although a big win in the ring could begin a new tradition for the rising prospect.
“It will be awkward being stuck in the (PBC bubble) instead of being at home,” admits Ramos. “Normally, I’d be home doing last-minute Christmas shopping and then eating tamales and all my favorite foods that comes with this time of year.
“On the bright side, I’m the first fight of the night on the Fox show. If we end it early enough, we can race home and still celebrate the rest of the weekend.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox