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  • By Miguel Maravilla Photos by Tom Hogan Golden Boy

Julian Ramirez vs Abraham Lopez A Flashback of the Old LA Boxing Days

Undefeated Southern California featherweights Julian "Camaron" Ramirez (16-0, 8 KO's) of East Los Angeles and La Puente's Abraham 'Chamaco" Lopez (20-0-1, 15 KO's) will square off this Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California in the co feature bout on HBO Boxing After Dark. With the crossroads bout just two days away we caught up with both fighters as they talked about the upcoming fight.

"I am ready I put in all the work. I didn't know I would fight Abraham Lopez so soon. They offered me two other guys they said no, so Abraham Lopez was next. I said yeah, he said yeah, I heard HBO it's a big opportunity for me," Julian Ramirez told Southern California "I am fighting an undefeated fighter the stage is big and ready for me," Ramirez added.

"I feel great, its a great venue and I know my opponent is well prepared and I come in 100 percent ready to give the fans a great fight," Abraham Lopez told Southern California

Both fighters wrapped up their camps as Lopez trained in his hometown and Ramirez trained in Santa Monica working with former world champion Wayne McCollough for their first fight.

"Camp has been solid at the gym with my new trainer Wayne McCollough," Ramirez said. "He is smart and has lots of experience and knowledge. He trained with Eddie Futch and he is just passing it. I have learned a lot, we have worked harder from the beginning he liked my fundamentals and we clicked," Ramirez added.

"Camp was great with a nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach, boxing. I am ready, I feel great especially with my breathing exercises I learned in school," Lopez said.

Ramirez is coming off a unanimous decision win over San Diego's Christopher Martin in January in kicking off the 2016 LA Fight Club season. For Lopez he comes into this fight off a unanimous decision win over Carlos Valcarcel on the same card as they will be making their HBO Boxing debut.

"I am super excited to be fighting on HBO its a dream come true. I am fighting on the Vargas Salido undercard as the co main event," Ramirez said.

"I am excited to be fighting on HBO but for me it's another day in the office, I cant let it get to my head but I am ready to put on a show for the fans," Lopez said.

The 23 year old Ramirez nicknamed the shrimp, is the nephew of former world champion Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez as he looks to keep the family tradition going but first must get pass his undefeated counterpart. Lopez nicknamed '"El Chamaco," trains in his own gym at his house and is also a licensed respiratory therapist will look to bring his A game against Ramirez.

"He is a strong fighter and likes to box and brawl. We are going to have to fill him out," Ramirez said.

"Julian is very technical he is a great fighter he comes from a generation of fighters. I know he is going to try everything to win but I am more prepared to give him his first loss," Lopez said.

With both fighters from Southern California, Ramirez and Lopez will be fighting in their hometown under the lights at the Stub Hub Center which has witnessed and hosted many great fights. Ramirez vs Lopez will definitely warm things up and lighten the mood as it will serve as the co feature bout to what is already being anticipated a fight of the year candidate between Mexican warriors WBC champion Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido.

There is a lot at stake for both Lopez and Ramirez both undefeated and competing at the featherweight division the winner here more likely will get another big fight and possibly a world title shot later down the line.

"I hear they want to make a fight with Lee Selby that he wants to fight me but I just want to get pass this fight. Really though my dream is to fight in England," Ramirez said.

"My focus is Ramirez then we will see where we go,"

Ramirez vs. Lopez will be a scheduled ten round bout for the vacant NABF featherweight title opening the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.

"I am ready to go, I trained hard to go ten solid rounds," Ramirez said.

"It's great two Mexican American fighters fighting on an amazing main event with two Mexican warriors, it will be a great night for the fans," Lopez said. "I don't like to talk and predict but I will get that W,"

"This is a fight that is difficult. I have seen both develop this fight will warm up the ring. Julian Ramirez and Abraham Lopez you don't want to miss," Matchmaker Robert Diaz said

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