25 year-old Jose Ramirez fulfilled a dream he had since he started boxing when he was 8 years-old by winning the vacant WBC world super lightweight (140 lbs) title on Saturday.
Ramirez survived the toughest test of his career beating Amir Imam (21-2, 18 KO's) at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. Ramirez picked up the win by unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 117-111, and 115-113.
It was a great win for Ramirez, who comes from the California farming community of Avenal and who boxed for Team USA in the 2012 Olympics.
Ramirez won the belt that was vacated by Terence Crawford, who recently moved up to welterweight (147 lbs) after unifying the four major titles in the super lightweight division.