Jesus Ramos Jr. vs. Brian Mendoza: Date, time, how to watch, background

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JESUS RAMOS JR., THE 20-YEAR-OLD KNOCKOUT ARTIST, RETURNS TO THE RING AGAINST BRIAN MENDOZA SUNDAY ON FOX.

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JESUS RAMOS JR. (16-0, 14 KOs)
VS. BRIAN MENDOZA (191, 13 KOs)

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 5

  • Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (main event later in show)

  • Where: The Armory, Minneapolis

  • TV/Stream: Fox

  • Division: Junior middleweights

  • At stake: No titles

  • Pound-for-pound ranking: None

  • Odds: NA

  • Also on the card: Starling Castillo vs. Juan Carlos Burgos, lightweights; Armando Resendiz vs. Marcos Hernandez, middleweights

  • Prediction: Ramos KO 6

  • Background: Ramos, 20, is one of the brightest young stars in the sport. The Arizonan’s power is obvious but he reminded everyone in his last outing that he can also box well and go the distance, as he kept the pressure on veteran Javier Molina and won a wide unanimous decision on the Andy Ruiz Jr.-Chris Arreola card in May. Ramos had never gone past the sixth round in any fight. He’ll be fighting for the second time as a junior middleweight, at which he evidently will campaign going forward. He has said he hopes to win a world title before his 22nd birthday. Mendoza is coming off his biggest victory, a unanimous decision over Thomas Lamanna at 154 pounds in his first 10-rounder almost exactly a year ago. That followed his only loss, a split decision against Larry Gomez in an eight-round fight the previous November. Mendoza has demonstrated that he can punch but he hasn’t faced anyone near the level of Ramos.

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