José Ramírez will defend WBC crown in February
WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez, the pride of the Central Valley of California, returns to fight at home with a couple of missions in mind.
Primarily, he aims to achieve the second successful defense of his world title when he collides with contender Jose “Chon” Zepeda on Sunday, February 10 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. He also hopes, along with the community of the Central Valley, to continue the fight against cancer.
This special Top Rank card will be televised LIVE by ESPN and ESPN Deportes starting at 7 p.m. ET
A percentage of each ticket sold will benefit the Community Cancer Institute in Clovis, California.
The title clash Ramírez vs. Zepeda will lead a special Top Rank show on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. ET. Ramirez will auction off his uniform, gloves, and shoes that he will use in the fight, and all proceeds will benefit the Community Cancer Institute in Clovis, California.
“José Ramírez is a great young champion and he’s an even better person,” said legendary promoter Bob Arum. “We are proud to participate in an event that will increase awareness of cancer research. Zepeda is a really tough fighter who will give Jose an excellent fight. Fans in the Central Valley have supported José from the first day, and I look forward to have another fantastic crowd at the Save Mart Center. ”
“I feel blessed to be able to defend my title for the second time at home against a great opponent and also support a problem that affects everyone,” said Ramírez. “Let’s all join ‘KO Cancer’ and remember that every moment counts.”
“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity since my first world title opportunity against Terry Flanagan,” Zepeda said. “I’m training very hard, better than ever. I am very grateful to my team and to José Ramírez for giving me this opportunity. I’m not going to waste it, and that’s why I’m working so hard. “