When they have a fight scheduled, particularly an important one with significant career implications, boxers tend to discuss ad nauseum the importance of focusing on the task at hand.
It’s almost as if the mere thought of discussing any topic other than their upcoming opponent would doom them to failure.
Jose Ramirez, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team, has such a fight scheduled. He’ll make his pay-per-view debut in a super lightweight bout against Manny Perez on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas — the opener of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley show.
A Ramirez win would keep his dream alive of fighting for the world title by the end of the year.
Yet, the 23-year-old Ramirez, who became the first in his family to attend a four-year college and who has been an outspoken advocate for the migrant farm workers who toil in the fields in Central California where he grew up, can’t sit by idly.
It’s almost as if Ramirez has become the face of what promoter Bob Arum has taken to referring to as his “No Trump” undercard.
o Arum, it’s a marketing gimmick, taking a shot at the notoriety of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a transparent effort to lift the profile of an otherwise tepid promotion.
To Ramirez, though, it’s no gimmick. It’s about equality, fighting for the rights of the oppressed.
Ramirez has become a hero among those in California’s Central Valley for his tireless efforts for water rights. He hasn’t simply lent his name to the effort, but has got involved and led a protest at the governor’s office in Sacramento, California.
Ramirez is pained by Trump’s stance on immigration, his vow to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and his description of some immigrants as rapists and criminals.
By Kevin Iole for Sport.Yahoo.com
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