Jesus Ramos Shows He’s The Goods In a Dominating Performance Over Brian Mendoza
At the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, fast-rising 20-year-old prospect Jesus “Mono” Ramos Jr takes on the hard-hitting Brian “La Bala” Mendoza in a ten-round junior middleweight contest.
Ramos is viewed as one of the best young prospects in the sport. Trained by his father, Jesus Sr, he was born into the sport. What makes him an elite prospect is his combination of punching power and skill development. The product of Casa Grande, Arizona seems to have a boxing IQ well beyond his years.
However, he’s in for what looks to be the toughest test of his career against Mendoza. Like his opponent, the 27-year-old from Albuquerque, New Mexico carries plenty of pop in his punch.
He’s been waiting for this kind of main event/showcase opportunity. He thought that would be against former unified junior middleweight champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams in June of 2021. Unfortunately, Williams dropped out of that fight. So best believe that Mendoza is ready and will attempt to take his younger opponent to school.
WORTH THE HYPE?
It’s easy to understand why Ramos (17-0, 14 KOs) is highly regarded. The southpaw showcased his high-level skills, using the jab to set up body punches. Normally a fighter who likes to come forward, Mendoza (19-2, 13 KOs) fought primarily on the backfoot as he attempted to counter.
The older fighter was attempting to play it slick by moving Ramos into punches. Here’s the thing. Ramos is well-schooled and patient for a young man. He was the one who adjusted his footwork to get home with hard shots. It was more of a thinking man’s fight than a pier-six brawl.
As the fight went from the middle to the late rounds, the power and strength of Ramos started to surface. He was able to get closer, walk down and tee-off with vicious shots on the inside followed by straight lefts to the head. By the end, Mendoza was being dominated and overwhelmed.
Ramos’ hard work was rewarded with a unanimous decision victory with the score of 98-92 on all three scorecards. It was his first fight at junior middleweight. Given his youth and growing frame, it seems to be a wise move on the part of his handlers. He is someone who has future world champion written all over him.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.