Boxer Jose Ramirez, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, takes a bus to Sacramento, Calif., to lobby legislators. (Courtesy p …
But Ramirez proved Thursday that he is a man of action outside of it, as well.
The 2012 U.S. Olympian hopped on a bus Thursday and traveled to Sacramento, Calif., to attend a water bond rally designed with members of the California Latino Water Coalition to have desperately needed water released to residents of the drought stricken San Joaquin Valley.
Ramirez, 21, of Avenal, Calif., headlined a benefit fight card called "The Fight for Water" in Lemoore, Calif., in November in a bid to help raise awareness for the need for water. The valley has been plagued by a drought, which has devastated its farm-based economy.
"I'll never forget where I come from, and my family was born and raised in Avenal," Ramirez told Yahoo Sports. "My family comes from field workers. The people in this area have supported me so well over the years and I wouldn't have what I have today were it not for my family and the support of the people here. I'll never forget them.
"The area has been devastated by this drought. This is a crisis situation and we need to take action now."
Ramirez and Kings County supervisor Richard Valle headed a contingent of about 100 people who descended upon the Capitol on Thursday with the hope of getting water released to the Central California farmers.
Valle praised Ramirez's leadership role in trying to find a solution to the crisis.
"We so greatly appreciate the efforts of Jose Ramirez," Valle told Yahoo Sports. "Not only is he out there fighting for the pride of the San Joaquin Valley, he's also out there fighting for water and the people he cares about back home. He's giving back through his civic duties.
"He takes this water issue very seriously, and in Kings County, we appreciate him and his efforts very much."
Ramirez, who was 1-1 in the London Olympics, is 7-0 with five knockouts as a pro. He fights Javier Perez on Feb. 1 in Laredo, Texas.
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