Jesus Ramos: “I want be a world champion.”
By Gary Kittilsen
20-year-old, 154-pound contender, Jesus “El Mono” Ramos has had a rapid rise from relative unknown to blue-chip prospect and may very well be the Prospect of the Year for 2021. Ramos also appears to be on the verge of a world title shot. A title shot would be the culmination of his life’s work so far.
Boxing is the family business, his uncle is former world title challenger Abel Ramos, and that got the youngest Ramos to an early start in boxing.
“It all started with my uncles they were all amateur boxers… they would come and train in my garage with my father I would come outside and watch them train and I always wanted to be like them. I would wake up with them to go run when I was young I was about six.
“It was tough though training with no fight because you had to be eight to start competing. When I turned eight I told my dad I am ready and he told me to give him one year with non-stop training, and I did, I didn’t miss a day and he let me fight and I haven’t stopped since.”
It has been that instant love for the sport that pushes Ramos. Having a star in the family is a positive force Ramos told FightPost:
“It makes it easier, of course, my uncle, he, paved the way early in his career he had to fight guys like Regis Prograis, Ivan Baranchyk, he had to fight the tough guys… The only pressure I feel is I have to be as good as him,” Ramos stated.
That doesn’t seem to be an issue for the undefeated 20-year-old. Ramos has emerged from under his uncle’s shadow and has become one of the premier prospects in the entire sport.
Perhaps his big breakthrough came when got to fight on the same card as his uncle last year. Which, was a dream come true for the youngster. “El Mono” scored a second-round knockout over Esteban Garcia at Microsoft Theatre while Uncle Abel dropped a very close split decision to Yordenis Ugas for the WBA welterweight title. An event he describes as “Great!
“I got to fight on his undercard when he fought for a world title against Ugas. We were in camp together and that’s what matters the most. We pushed each other before the fight and cutting weight and all those things. We did it together, the stuff I had to go through by myself, having him was like support.”
At that time he was simply known as the nephew of Abel, however, what he has done since then has forged his own path. Since his breakthrough performance on his uncle’s card, he has run off four consecutive wins two by stoppage. He has secured wins over legitimate names such as Naim Nelson, Javier Molina, Brian Mendoza, and is now in serious conversation for fighting for a world title when Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano fight for all the belts in February. A card that he may find himself on, as PBC may want to showcase the current 154-pound world champion with the inevitable future world champion.
“Right now with Charlo and Castano looking to fight, I am up in the air. I’m either on the undercard of my uncle [January 29th] or I’m on the undercard of Charlo/Castano.”
When asked who he thought won the first fight and who will likely win the rematch Ramos was not shy:
“I thought Castano did just enough to pull it off, he outworked Charlo. I thought he did pull it off… I feel like in the rematch, it’s going to be Castano. He has what it takes to beat a Jermell Charlo”
The undefeated prospect is fully aware of how close he is to fulfilling his life’s dream and fighting for a world title. He is also aware of his spot in boxing and said he does compare himself to the other elite-level prospects who haven’t got a world title just yet, like Vergil Ortiz, Jaron Ennis, and others:
“I am a boxer, and it’s in my nature to compete… I see these guys and I want be a world champion younger than them and I want to be like [David] Benavidez and be a world champion at 20.”