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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Homecoming for Olympian Ramirez

By Dan Rafael

Junior welterweight Jose Ramirez, the talented 2012 U.S. Olympian, will have his first professional hometown fight when he headlines a card at Golden Eagle Arena on the West Hills College campus in Lemoore, Calif., on Nov. 9 (UniMas).

The 21-year-old Ramirez (5-0, 4 KOs), who is from Avenal, Calif., about 10 minutes from Lemoore, will be in a six-rounder against an opponent to be determined, but the homecoming is more than just a boxing match.

The card has been dubbed “The Fight for Water,” because Ramirez wants to help make a difference in farm-related employment and with farm workers' families, who have lost jobs when water supplies have been reduced. Ramirez recently joined the Latino Water Coalition, which aims to help resolve California’s water crisis and to promote economic growth in the area he grew up in.

As for fighting at home, Ramirez said, “I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be a big fight and every aspect of the fight is big. I'm very excited to be a part of this and be able to do this for my fans and do this for my family and for the people that live here and all the sponsors that have helped my career."

Said Rick Mirigian, Ramirez's agent, “Jose and his family struggled firsthand when the water didn't flow, and times got even harder for his family, who relied on the field work and farming industry. It’s important that the public and his fans know that no matter how big a fight he has or will ever have, that the biggest fight that could be won is 'The Fight for Water.'”