Jose Ramirez defeats Ghana’s Richard Commey with huge body shot KO

Ghanaian boxer Richard Commey suffered defeat in his junior welterweight eliminator against American Jose Ramirez at Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California.

Coomey, the former lightweight world champion succumbed to an 11th-round knockout from the one-time unified champion who returned to the ring after a one-year lay-off.

From the first round, Ramirez tried to overwhelm Commey with constant offence and the 30-year-old pushed Commey to the ropes in every round to throw straight right hands, hooks and uppercuts. He eventually prevailed in the 11th when Commey was counted out after two knockdowns in the round. Ramirez whipped a left hand that made Commey wince. He had sort of a delayed reaction to the punch. Commey took three steps to his left before he took a knee, wincing in pain.

Referee Jack Reiss counted to 10 and Ramirez had the win in front of 11,201 home fans.

“It’s always hard after a lay-off, but mentally, I had to go back to being my old self and start strong,” the California native said after the fight.

“There came a point in my career where I got too comfortable. But this time, I started with that rhythm of being active with my punches throughout the round. And I went back to my old self.

“I hurt him in the first round. But he’s a tough guy. Big shout out to Commey and his team. He’s a good warrior. He took some good shots.

“And he picked it up in the middle of the fight, too. I heard his team motivating him, but I wanted to make a statement and show that I’m the stronger guy in there.” 

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