Jose Ramirez gears up for 'Fight for Water 2' boxing event

Jose Ramirez will fight in his second local bout in the past six months. His next battle headlines the 'Fight for Water 2' boxing event at Selland Arena on May 17.
May 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jose Ramirez will fight in his second local bout in the past six months. His next battle headlines the "Fight for Water 2" boxing event at Selland Arena on May 17.

Ramirez and three other local boxers held a public workout in North Fresno on Friday. The Avenal native is a perfect 8-0 in his young career with 6 KOs. He'll take on Jesus "Chino" Selig who's from Mexico and has a record of 16-2 including 10 Knockouts. His promoter says more than 6,000 tickets have already been sold.

The Olympian continues to be a champion in and out of the ring. Not only is he worrying about his boxing career, he's also managing his time to fight for more water -- especially on the west side of the Valley. Ramirez is on the board of the Latino Water Coalition, so I asked him why he's choosing to put such a burden on himself -- so early in his career.

"Because fighting for the water is also fighting for my family and for the future, for the people that I know, the people that I love. Coming out of Avenal, it's a small community where there's a lot of immigrants and first generation kids, like myself. Living in Avenal, so that means a lot to me to support them and not leave them behind," said Ramirez.


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