Abel Ramos (24-3-2, 18 KOs) has had a career of being on the cusp of a title shot, but unable to reach the qualification to be a contender.
Determined to show he was no gatekeeper, Ramos approached the co-main of the Shawn Porter vs. Yordenis Ugas PBC on Fox card looking to impress against Welterweight contender Francisco “Chia” Santana (25-7-1, 12 KOs), and that is just what he did.
Ramos opened the fight strong, dancing around his opponent as Santana attempted to smother him against the ropes. The second round saw a hiccup in Ramos’ plans however, as Santana scored a flash knockdown, dropping Ramos with a short left hook.
“He caught me on a flash knockdown in the second round,” said Ramos. “I didn’t see the punch coming and he caught me a little bit off balance. As soon as I got up, I was good.”
Ramos shook off the knockdown and returned to his game plan, outboxing the slower Santana and dazzling the crowd with impressive head movement and counterpunching. The fruit of his counterpunches began to show in Round 5, as Santana began to retreat into a defensive shell, clearly bothered by Ramos’ straight right.
As the bout drew on, Ramos began to utilize his left hook and found constant success to the head of Santana, hurting Chia and unloading on him against the ropes in Round 7.
From that moment on, Ramos dominated the fight, playing a more aggressive role and landing at will to the face and body of Santana with the left hook.
“I thought I won the fight. I landed more punches,” said Ramos. “I felt like I was landing all night and I was doing good clean work throughout the fight.”
Ultimately, Ramos’ work did pay off as he earned a unanimous decision victory. Ramos now finds himself moving up in competition after the impressive victory, and will surely expect to see fights with bigger names soon.