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Scorecard: Ramirez thrills home fans with impressive victory

From ESPN - November 13, 2017

A roundup of the past week's notable boxing results from around the world:

Saturday at Fresno, Calif.

Jose Ramirez TKO2 Mike Reed -- Full recap
Junior welterweight
Records: Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs); Reed (23-1, 12 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: What else is there to say about Ramirez's performance except that it was spectacular? The 2012 U.S. Olympian thrilled a wild home region crowd of 13,838 -- a Save Mart Center record crowd for boxing -- as Ramirez, from Avenal, California, surprisingly smoked Reed, a 24-year-old southpaw from Waldorf, Maryland. They were both stepping up in competition and the ESPN Top Rank main event was expected to be highly competitive. But it was not as Ramirez, 25, applied pressure from the outset. He hurt Reed with left hooks to the body and right hands in the second round to drop him. As he continued to blitz Reed, referee Jack Reiss stepped in to save the defenseless Reed at 1 minute, 43 seconds. Now it's on to a vacant-world-title shot, likely Feb. 16, against Amir Imam (21-1, 18 KOs), who stopped Johnny Garcia (19-6-1, 11 KOs) in the fourth round on the undercard.

Artur Beterbiev TKO12 Enrico Koelling -- Full recap
Wins a vacant light heavyweight title
Records: Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs); Koelling (23-2, 6 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: Beterbiev, 32, a two-time Russian Olympian, who fights out of Montreal, dominated the unwilling Koelling, 27, of Germany, in a terrible fight caused by Koelling's absolute unwillingness to engage. He came to survive and he did until the final round, because Beterbiev, who won every round, never stopped throwing punches, hard right hands, jabs and body shots trying to get him out of there. He finally broke through when he knocked Koelling, a 2012 Olympian, down due to an accumulation of punishment in the 12th round. When he dropped him again with a clean right hand, referee Lou Moret stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 33 seconds to keep Beterbiev's perfect KO streak intact and give him one of the world titles vacated by the retiring Andre Ward in September.

Saturday at Uniondale, N.Y.

Daniel Jacobs W12 Luis Arias -- Full recap
Middleweight
Scores: 120-107, 119-108, 118-109
Records: Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs); Arias (18-1, 9 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: In Jacobs' first fight of a new HBO contract and first fight since signing with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, the 30-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, fought for the first time since dropping a close decision to unified champion Gennady Golovkin in March. Arias, 27, of Milwaukee, trash talked the mild-mannered Jacobs throughout the promotion but did nothing to back up his words as Jacobs toyed with him. He tagged Arias with right hands, jabs and uppercuts to control the entire fight. He also played with him by turning southpaw at times. Jacobs was credited with an 11th-round knockdown when Arias touched his right glove down after Jacobs cuffed him with a left behind the head. It should not have been ruled a knockdown but had no impact on the outcome. Jacobs is expected back in April and hopes for a shot against the winner of the Dec. 16 bout between titlist Billy Joe Saunders and ex-titlist David Lemieux, though his ultimate goal is to face the winner of the expected Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez rematch.

Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller TKO9 Mariusz Wach -- Full recap
Middleweight
Heavyweight
Records: Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs); Wach (33-3, 17 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: The 6-foot-4, 284-pound Miller, 29, of Brooklyn, New York, methodically broke down the plodding 6-8, 268-pound Wach, 37, of Poland, in a one-sided fight that was essentially Miller's audition for a possible shot at titleholder Anthony Joshua. Miller probably passed the audition because he easily beat Wach, who had given Joshua good sparring work, but did not look so threatening to the point where Joshua's team would think twice about matching him with Miller. Wach was badly hampered after injuring his right hand in the fifth round. After the eighth, former world-title challenger Wach asked the referee and doctor for one more round, but when Wach was taking shots and unable to throw his right referee David Fields stopped it at 1 minute, 9 seconds of the ninth round.

Cletus Seldin TKO3 Roberto Ortiz -- Full recap
Junior welterweight
Records: Seldin (21-0, 17 KOs); Ortiz (35-2-2, 26 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: Seldin, 31, of Brooklyn, New York, came at Ortiz, 31, of Mexico, like a man possessed and lived up his nickname of "The Hebrew Hammer." He landed a big overhand right to the temple 15 seconds into the fight for a knockdown and never let up. He dropped him later in the round with a flurry. A right hand opened a bad cut over Ortiz's left eye in the second round and, in the third round, Ortiz walked into Seldin's elbow and went down. His face and nose were a bloody mess and referee Shada Murdaigh waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 43 seconds.

Also on the card, British welterweight prospect Conor Benn (10-0, 8 KOs), 21, son of former two-division world titleholder Nigel Benn, made his American debut and blew through Brandon Sanudo (7-7, 4 KOs), 28, of Mexico, knocking him out with a left hook to the liver at 1 minute of the second round.

Saturday at Newcastle, England

Liam Smith W12 Liam Williams -- Full recap
Junior middleweight - Title eliminator
Scores: 117-111, 116-112, 114-114
Records: Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs); Williams (16-2-1, 11 KOs)

Saturday at Edinburgh, Scotland

Saturday at Belem, Brazil

Friday at Cleveland

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