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Meet a Roadrunner: Amateur boxer knows what it takes to be number one
(Jan. 15, 2014) -- Meet amateur boxer Cresencio Ramos Jr.. Late last year, Ramos, 19, traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to represent the U.S. national team in the SportAccord World Combat Games.
"It was all a very good learning experience to compete at that level," said the 132-pound lightweight boxer, who made it to the championship finals in his weight class. "I was very proud to represent my country."
Ramos started boxing at age seven in order to get in shape for other sports. But, from the moment he stepped into the ring and sized up his first opponent, Ramos knew that boxing would become his sport of choice.
"Once I stepped into the ring and the bell rang, I realized I could tell a lot about how the fights would go," said Ramos. "That feeling of precognition, of knowing, is the best feeling in the world to me."
Now, 12 years later, Ramos has 182 fights to his credit with more on the horizon as he prepares to go pro.
Currently, he is the number one ranked seed in the country and will be traveling this month to the 2014 USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash., to defend his ranking.
Ramos wants to continue boxing as a career, but that doesn't mean he will be giving up on his studies. The freshman has a whole gym full of kids looking up to him as an inspiration, and he wants to show them it is possible to succeed in both boxing and your studies.
"I want them to know that they can do as well as me," said Ramos. "I was them once. Leading a good example for them to follow is important to me."
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