Avenal native Jose Ramirez wins first match

USA's Jose Ramirez makes his way to a fight against France's Rachid Azzedine before a lightweight 60-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky)

July 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Avenal native and lightweight boxing medal contender Jose Ramirez overcame some early nerves to win his Olympic debut on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Ramirez won a close decision over 29-year-old Rachid Azzedine of France. 21-20 was the final point score, though Ramirez said after the match the score was closer than the fight.

Ramirez moves on to the round of 16 where he will fight Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan.