Fresno State alumnus Jose Ramirez defended his WBC Continental Americas title in grand fashion Saturday night with a second-round knockout of Michael Reed in the Fight for Water 7 at the Save Mart Center.
Ramirez came out of the gates firing against Reed, landing several big punches in the first round and had Reed on the ropes. But he was unable to finish him before the round ended.
Appearing to smell the blood, Ramirez started the second round even more aggressive than in the first, scoring a knockdown.
Ramirez pinned Reed against the ropes as the former Bulldog threw his fists back and forth like pistons firing. The referee stepped in to stop the fight before Reed hit the ground, awarding Ramirez the knockout.
The victory improves Ramirez’s professional record to 21-0 with 16 knockouts, while Reed suffered the first loss of his pro career.
The event featured several undercard fights, including two additional title fights.
Junior welterweight Alex Saucedo won the World Boxing Organization Latino Title and the North American Boxing Association title with a knockout of Gustavo Vittori in the third round.
Fernando Fuentes defeated Vislan Dalkhaev by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout.
Super lightweight Amir Imam knocked out Johnny Garcia in the fifth round, improving his record to 20-1 with 17 knockouts.
Evan Torres defeated Quilisto Madera in a split decision in a middleweight bout. Two judges had Torres winning, while the other had Madera.
Artur Beterbiev captured the vacant International Boxing Federation light heavyweight title against Enrico Koelling with a knockout in the 12th and final round.
In a lightweight match, Bryan Lua defeated Eric Rodriguez by unanimous decision.
Super lightweight Max Dadashev knocked out Clarence Booth in the fourth round.
Andy Vences defeated Jairo Ochoa by knockout in the second round of a super featherweight bout.
With the win, Ramirez is set to fight Imam in February.
Photos by: Daniel Avalos