Junior featherweight prospect Rico Ramos remained undefeated by outpointing former title challenger Alejandro Valdez over 10 rounds in the main event of a ShoBox card from Atlantic City on Friday.
It wasn’t an easy fight for Ramos (19-0, 10 knockouts), who won by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 97-93. The 23-year-old Los Angeles native had some trouble with Valdez’s height and reach and he was visibly bothered by the frequent unintentional headbutts throughout the Showtime-televised bout.
“It was tough. I didn’t think it would be this tough,” said Ramos. “There were a lot of headbutts and (holding) but I’ve got no complaints.”
However, Ramos, who appeared to land the harder single blows during the fight, dealt with the game and experienced southpaw by boxing and moving more than usual.
Valdez (24-5-2, 18 KOs) fought well, pressing Ramos in spots during the fight. That was to be expected. The Mexican veteran has only lost twice in the last 5½ years, to Nehomar Cermeno (KO 11) and Hozumi Hasegawa (TKO 2) in title bouts. Between those fights, Valdez gave Fernando Montiel fits during a 3-round technical draw in 2009.
He simply wasn’t able to cut the ring off enough against Ramos or handle the young up-and-comer’s speed.
Ramos is the WBA’s No. 1 ranked junior featherweight but given his less-than-stellar performance against Valdez it’s probably a good idea for him to get more experience before facing the sanctioning body’s titleholders (Akifumi Shimoda and interim beltholder Guillermo Rigondeaux).
“I exposed that [Ramos] is still very green and protected,” Valdez said after the bout.
In the co-featured bout of the ShoBox broadcast, super middleweight prospect Don George (21-1-1, 18 KOs) dropped previously undefeated Cornelius White three times en route to a first-round stoppage.
White (16-1, 15 KOs), a 29-year-old Houston native who had stopped his last 13 opponents, began the scheduled 10 rounder jabbing George from a distance.
George, who has faced the far better opposition, calmly countered White with a right hand that dropped the rangy puncher midway through the opening round. White beat the count from referee Randy Neumann but did so on wobbly legs and George jumped on his wounded pray with a smothering non-stop attack that produced two more knockdowns.
Neumann stopped the bout at 2:02 of the first round.
The victory was a career-saving rebound for George, who had suffered a brutal beating losing a seven-round technical decision to Francisco Sierra in his last bout last July.
The 26-year-old Chicago native not only recaptured his aggressive form in stopping White, he appeared to rekindle his confidence.
Also, heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) outpointed Derric Rossy (25-3, 14 KOs) in a 12-round bout.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME.