John Ramirez sent his opponent flying from the ring in a devastating knockout that put the super featherweight division on alert.
Undefeated Los Angeles prospect John Ramirez is nicknamed ‘Scrappy,’ but there was nothing rudimentary about his devastating win over Jan Salvatierra to claim the NABA super featherweight title.
Ramirez sent Salvatierra falling out of the ring headfirst with a disgusting first-round knockout, a straight right hand that caught the young Mexican on the chin.
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Things could have been a lot worse if a ringside photographer hadn’t caught Salvatierra before the fighter landed on his head.
Salvatierra somehow managed to recover and climb back into the ring, but he seemed shaken and was unable to continue.
The 22-year-old drops to an 8-2 record, while the 25-year-old Ramirez went to 10-0 with his eighth knockout, with today’s win by far the most memorable.
“He made a mistake and he had to pay,” Ramirez said in the post-fight interview. “He was not at my level.”
He immediately called out WBC super featherweight champion Jesse Rodriguez, saying, “I want to fight the best out there. I don’t mind. How can you be your best if you’re not up against the best there is?
Former WBA and WBC super lightweight (interim) world champion Regis Prograis was stunned by the knockout, tweeting: “He will be champion.”
Originally published as ‘He had to pay’: Boxer flies out of the ring in epic knockout of the year