Eduardo Ramirez Wins Majority Decision in War with Luis Ramirez!
Mexican super featherweight fighter Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez (27-2-3, 12 KO’s) continued to show his professional promise in his latest in-ring contest. To do so, Ramirez edged Luis Melendez (17-2, 13 KO’s) by way of majority decision in a hard-fought victory. The win extended Zurdito’s current win streak to five. Conversely, the loss snapped a 15-fight, three and a half year win streak that Melendez had been enjoying.
In his last bout before facing Melendez, Ramirez displayed his dominance and separation in skill as he outpointed Miguel Marriaga en route to a unanimous decision. Prior to that, Zurdito felled Isaac Avelar, Miguel Flores and Leduan Barthelemy by way of knockout. This trail of vanquished opposition has earned the Mexican his #4 ranking with the WBC. It will be interesting to see what future match Ramirez can parley this victory into.
While this is a bitter pill for Team Melendez to swallow, it was far from a grand surprise. In his last prizefight, Melendez defeated Cleveland native Thomas Mattice by way of extremely narrow unanimous decision. Before his match with Mattice however, Melendez faced seven no-hopers with a combined record of 134-166-6. Clearly, it’s time for Team Melendez to seriously ponder on what the next move is going to be. Yet, this fight did show that he is better than his resume would suggest.
DOG FIGHT DAYS
The bout opened with a largely respectful feel out round, yet Zurdito did get stung with a hard hook and uppercut in the closing seconds. He ate the shots well. The second was as forgettable as the first. In the third period however, Melendez’s accuracy and utilization of short sharp shots roared to life. He sank a number quality counter uppercuts and hooks. Ramirez would pin Melendez to the ropes and get a bit of pay back.
The fourth was naked warfare as both threw and scored throughout. When standing toe-to-toe the match was fairly even, yet when Melendez moved on his feet he held a clear advantage. The fifth was very similar to the fourth, only here, Melendez was no longer using his feet and Ramirez was pushing him around more consistently.
The Puerto Rican got wise and used his feet to edge the six. Despite the see-saw nature of the first half of the match, Zurdito was able to sweep the final rounds with his superior pressure and accuracy. When the scorecards were read, Ramirez prevailed by way of majority decision to the tune of 95-95, 96-94 and 98-92.
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By: Bakari Simpson