No other prospect has risen from obscurity to stardom quicker than John “Scrappy” Ramirez. The 25-year-old from Los Angeles, California, handed in a career-best performance against the best opponent of his young career. A first-round knockout over a durable opponent and prospect Jan Salvatierra, on the undercard of Zurdo Ramirez VS Dominic Boesel, at nearby Ontario, California, at the Toyota Arena, just miles from where Scrappy grew up. Ramirez, a fan favorite, didn’t just score the first-round knockout but knocked his opponent out of the ring and was caught by a ringside photographer! Putting an exclamation point on the night and moving his record to 10-0 (8) takes home our Prospect of the Month award, picks up the vacant NABF Super Flyweight Title, and puts the entire 115-pound division, possibly the best division in the sport, on notice.
There has been a bit of wonder surrounding Ramirez, a likable upstart that had a late start and began rising to prominence out of nowhere. he put the boxing world on notice back in December of 2020 with a sensational KO. Put on a show on the Grounds of USC taking apart Roberto Pucheta. However, Pucheta was a fighter with a record of 10-20-3. Salvatierra was not, he was an 8-1 prospect with goals of his own. This was supposed to be a step up, it was supposed to be a test for Scrappy. It was not. Perfectly controlling the range and firing off his jab Ramirez asserted control from the opening bell. Looking like a ring veteran Ramirez set up what was coming next and what came next will put him in contention for the KO of the year to go along with his Prospect of the Month Award. With 50 ticks left on the clock in the opening round, Ramirez unleashed a right hand that stunned Salvatierra, another one put him down and through the ropes and out of the ring. That moved Ramirez’s record to 10- 0 (8). He promised something special “saying watch me, watch me” He delivered on that scoring a sensational KO for his hometown fans.
The 115-pound division is already loaded with not only young champions like Bam Rodriguez, and Josh Franco as well as the unbeaten Fernando Daniel Martinez. It’s also choked with legends and future hall of famers. Chocolatito, Cuadras, Sor Rungisai, Nietes, Ioka and Estrada. It has absolutely no shortage of premier, A-Level fighters. Ramirez is now knocking on the door. A few more wins and he will find himself in world title contention. Already ranked 14 in the WBA before the sensational KO, a belt held by Franco, and is now ranked 11. Fights with guys like Jason Maloney and Norbelto Jimenez are not too soon and he matches up very well with those fighters. A win over any name like that would put Scrappy in world title contention and in the top 10 of the division.