Ronny Rios Vs Rico Ramos – 11th January (3am UK time approx)

Location – Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

NABF Featherweight Title 

Ronny Rios makes the step up against former super bantamweight world champion Rico Ramos, this is a really intriguing fight because you have one fighter moving down in weight (Rios) and one fighter moving up in weight (Ramos) to make this bout and Rios is favourite to take this fight by many.

A year ago Ramos lost the WBA title he gained via a 7 round knockout of Akifumi Shimoda to super talented Guillermo Rigondeaux, most believe Ramos was lucky to win the world title anyway as he was clearly losing his fight to Shimoda until he found a peach of a shot to end it there and then in the 7th, it depends how you see it, is there such a thing as a lucky punch in boxing? Maybe. 

Both fighters come from excellent amateur pedigree and won notable national titles, both men are relatively young despite being involved in over 40 professional fights between them to date, Rios is the younger man at 22, whilst Ramos is 25.

I know Rios has been sparring with Miguel Garcia who is one of the top top featherweights in the world for this bout, so should be will prepped but sparring is one thing and come fight night another. Ramos looked well conditioned for this fight and the move up in weight may suit however he will need to be weary of the fact he will not be the naturally bigger man in there.

Rios hasn’t really fought anyone of real note but has done a good enough job he looks to be durable and has a decent chin, however I don’t see him as that great defensively and he looks open to big shots and combinations. 

Ramos for me has a superior edge on speed and reflexes and if he uses these tools correctly he could and actually should win this fight, Ramos needs to start off from the basics and not disregard his Jab, everything needs to work of it as at times he does tend to fly in raw.

I see this as potentially being a very exciting fight in were big shots get through and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a stoppage despite neither of them being big big punchers and its interesting to see odds of 7/4 for this fight to go under 9.5 rounds which could be worth a nibble. 

However I like Ramos at 13/8 I think that’s a decent price in a bout I would rate him as a 60/40 chancer for me, Rios is talented there is no question but this is a step up and Ramos has certain attributes in his style that if used correctly could nullify Rios’s threat. 

ATR’s Bet – £80 on Ramos any method 13/8 BET365