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"Camaron" Ramirez: I am Ready

East L.A.'s featherweight prospect Julian "El Camarón" Ramirez (15-0, 8 KOs) will begin his 2016 campaign as he takes on the Christopher "S.D. Kid" Martin (28-6-3, 9 KOs) of San Diego for the vacant WBC silver youth featherweight title. Ramirez vs. Martin will be part of the LA Fight Club series from the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. We caught up with “El Camaraon” as he talked about his preparation and upcoming fight with Martin.

"This is another fight I am fighting Christopher Martin. I am ready," Ramirez told Southern California

Ramirez has been training in a home gym at his trainer’s Rafael Sarabia’s home in Pico Rivera, California, just a few miles southeast of Los Angeles.

"I have been sparring with different partners I am ready. I have been training in my trainer’s backyard," Ramirez said.

The 22 year old Ramirez is coming off a unanimous decision over Hugo Partida in his last fight in October.

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring I am ready,” Ramirez said.

El “Camaraon” Ramirez looks to have an active 2016 campaign. Having only fought twice in 2015 due to nagging injuries, Ramirez put in some work in going the distance ten rounds in both of his fights. Now he gets ready to headline LA Fight Club.

“I had some injuries that kept me from fighting but this is a new year,” Ramirez said.

"Unfortunately in the sport, like we all know injuries are pretty prevalent. He had some hand injuries that kept him out of the ring fighting in 2015," Ramirez’s manager Joel De La Hoya told Southern California

His opponent the seasoned Christopher Martin has been in the ring with former world title challengers Chris Avalos, Miguel Marriaga, and current WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. as this fight will be a slight step up for Ramirez.

"I have seen him fight against Avalos, Gary Russell, and other fighters. I sparred with him when I was 16, he probably doesn't remember me but he is a good fighter. I have nothing bad or negative to say about him it will be a good fight," Ramirez said about his opponent Martin.

A nephew of former world champion, the late Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez, Ramirez will look to have a breakout year fighting in the featherweight division. Managed by Joel De La Hoya, Ramirez is slowly working his way up as they expect a solid 2016.

"I want to get passed this fight. I don't want to plan ahead but they are saying, that if I win this fight, they will put me, "Jo Jo" (Joseph Diaz Jr.), and Diego (De La Hoya), on the same card," Ramirez said.

"He is really motivated for this opportunity to fight for a silver youth belt. This is just another step for him going up the ladder slowly progressing. Taking advantage of this opportunity it will definitely open up more doors for him," Joel De La Hoya said. "We talked to Golden Boy about keeping him busy this year with possibly putting on a show with all the local kids from L.A. they like the idea. I would like for them to do a possible HBO Latino, After Dark. Its time for a step up for these boys in their career," De La Hoya added.

Looking to add to his collection of amateur trophies and medals, Ramirez will be fighting for the WBC’s youth version of a title. This will be the first accolade in what could potentially be a championship career.

"It means a lot a chance to go up in the ranking. If I win this fight it puts me in the top 15. I am excited but trying to stay calm," Ramirez said.

"It’s a progression there is things we are still ironing out. I think he is moving accordingly, I like his progression we are right on track," De La Hoya said.

Ramirez vs. Martin will be a scheduled ten round bout headlining LA Fight Club and kicking off the 2016 Golden Boy Promotions year.

"I will be a smart fighter with pressure and try to break him down the night of the fight," Ramirez concluded.

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