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Freitas TKO’s Ramirez in Possible Fight of the Year

March 15, 2003

By Tony Scott at ringside

Chicago, IL ( – It might have only lasted 9:18, but there was more than enough action in that little time to fill an action-packed 12 round fight.Freitas TKO’s Ramirez in Possible Fight of the Year

Acelino “Popo” Freitas (33-0, 30 KO) scored an exciting 4th round TKO over “El Ranchero” Juan Carlos Ramirez (29-5, 12 KO) Saturday night to retain his WBA and WBO Junior Lightweight titles. In front of a very excited crowd at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL and shown on SHOWTIME, Freitas and Ramirez stood toe-to-toe from the opening bell landing bomb after bomb, until Freitas finally got the better of it.Freitas TKO’s Ramirez in Possible Fight of the Year.

The 2nd round will also be a candidate for Round of the Year as both fighters went at it for the full three minutes with Freitas hurting Ramirez a couple times early. Then mid way through the round, Ramirez landed a punch to the Freitas’ chest and then scored a controversial knockdown, it looked as if Ramirez pushed Freitas, but nonetheless, the referee scored it a knockdown. Freitas got up easily and continued the action.

Freitas must have taken his frustration of the referee out on Ramirez in the 3rd round as he had Ramirez hurt the entire round sending him to the canvas twice. Ramirez must have been still hurt at the beginning of the 4th round, as with the first exchange of the round, Freitas landed a big three-punch combo ending with a huge overhand right, collapsing Ramirez to the canvas. Ramirez attempted to get up, but his legs were all rubber and the referee did not even begin the count and waved off the fight.

In the co-feature, Cruiserweight prospects “Famous” Michael Sims (12-0-1, 10 KO) and “Bad News” Felix Cora (10-0-1, 5 KO) fought to a 10-round uninspired draw. There were no knockdowns in the fight and very little overall action. Both fighters switched stances multiple times throughout the fight to try and gain an advantage, but that only led to more passive fighting. Cora started out fast, being the more active fighter, with Sims looking only to counter-punch. Then finally in the 6th round, Sims picked the pace up a bit and started pressing the action winning most of the last 5 rounds. The judge’s scorecards were 96-94 (Sims), 96-94 (Cora) and 95-95., at ringside, had it 96-95 for Cora.


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