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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Ramos, Gonzalez hope to get untracked

By Bernardo Pilatti

It's rare for two fighters coming off a loss to get an opportunity to battle in a main event on national television, but Rico Ramos and Oscar Gonzalez will get just such an opportunity in this week's edition of "Friday Night Fights" from Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Wash.

Ramos (21-2, 11 KOs), 25, a former junior featherweight titlist, will try to begin his climb back up the ladder after losing two of his past three fights. He was stopped in his first defense by current 122 pound titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux in January 2012, rebounded last June with a majority decision over friend Efraín Esquivias, but slipped again this past January when he was outpointed by undefeated Ronny Rios.

"I have to start showing everyone that I am the best," Ramos said. "I need to come back to my old boxing style and find the path to victory again. I know I have the ability, the talent and the determination to put my career in focus and win the world championship again."

Gonzalez (20-2, 14 KOs), 32, of Mexico, is coming off a tough defeat of his own -- last July's 10-round unanimous decision against Raul Hirales -- and will be facing a significantly younger fighter. But his aggresive style and power in both hands (he has five KOs in his past six wins) make him a worthy opponent.

"Ramos is a talented former champion, but I don't think he'd be capable of withstanding my punches," said Gonzalez, who is predicting a knockout victory and believes he's on the verge of a title opportunity.

In the co-main event, super middleweight Farah Ennis (20-1, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, will face Mexico's Francisco Sierra (25-7-1, 22 KOs) in an eight-round battle. Most eyes will be on Ennis, who scored a unanimous decision win over Richard Pierson last July and is seeking an opportunity against one of the big names in the division.