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John Steve Ramírez

Super Fly Weight



  • Los Angeles, California, USA

KO 8



L 0



D 0


5′ 4″
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With a brief encounter with the confident super flyweight who had already excelled in two countries, two languages, and two sports before boxing, you can’t help but notice his straightforward demeanor and unwavering self-belief.

Imagine packing the combative spirit of a heavyweight into a compact 5-foot-4 frame, and you’ll meet a guy as tenacious as they come, known as “Scrappy.”

At just 26 years old, Ramirez reflects, “I always knew I was athletically gifted from a young age. Growing up, I played with older kids in competitive games like soccer and football. Confidence was innate in me. But what boosted my confidence even more was being the underdog and proving to everyone that I was the best player on the team, earning their respect.”

Born in California, he later moved to Honduras with his father and showcased his soccer skills, aiming for a spot on the national team. However, he returned to Los Angeles, where he developed a passion for American football, excelling as a running back in high school and briefly at Los Angeles Valley College.

Eventually, Ramirez transitioned to boxing, stepping into Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym at the age of 20. He accumulated 25 amateur bouts before turning pro just before Christmas in 2020, winning his debut by first-round stoppage. In 2021, he put together an impressive run of seven victories, six by knockout, culminating in a transformative 2022 that included a first-round knockout of Jan Salvatierra, elevating his WBA world ranking to No. 2 at 115 pounds and earning the vacant North American title.

Ramirez aims to continue his success on February 23 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, facing Luis Padilla in a 10-round bout featured on a Golden Boy Fight Night card, live-streamed on DAZN.

Confidently, Ramirez states, “He’s a 22-year-old Mexican who stands in my way, so I must defeat him.”

Another victory could potentially lead to a title shot against WBA champion Joshua Franco by the end of the year.

As the fight date approaches, Ramirez remains unfazed. He emphasizes, “There’s no pressure; I chose this path. I’m motivated and hungry. I’ll stick to what I’ve been doing: staying focused, making statements, and honing my skills. No stress, no dwelling on the opponent. We have a game plan. It’s all about having fun.”

Despite weighing around 130 pounds outside the ring during his football days, Ramirez confidently makes the 115-pound limit for boxing. He’s at peace, even when cutting weight in the final weeks before a fight.

This will be Ramirez’s fourth fight under the Golden Boy banner, and the president of the promotion company, Eric Gomez, sees tremendous potential in him. Gomez praises Ramirez as a smart, aggressive, and talented fighter with charisma, describing him as a future superstar based on his work ethic and character.






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