RICO RAMOS TAKES ANOTHER BIG STEP TOWARD BEING THE BEST 122-POUNDER

Six Questions with the NABO Youth Super Bantamweight Champion Who Defends Against Cecilio Santos This Week in the Co-Feature on “ESPN’s Friday Night Fights”(10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA

Los Angeles, CA (March 4, 2010) – Coming off an impressive win over once-beaten Alejandro Perez back in late November at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA, NABO Youth Super Bantamweight champion Rico “Suavecito” Ramos returns to take another step up when he takes on four-time world title challenger Cecilio Santos in the scheduled eight-round co-feature of the March 5th telecast of ESPN “FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS” live on ESPN2 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

We go “Inside the Mind” of Rico Ramos in the final, prefight days with “Six Questions” for the NABO Youth champ.

QUESTION #1: In your last fight in November you had an exciting win at Pechanga on Showtime over your toughest opponent to date in Alejandro Perez.  How pleased were you with your performance that night?

RAMOS: “I was very pleased with that win.  It was a tough fight but people took notice.  I had to watch the punches I threw because he was real tough and we knew how tough both of us were once the bell rang.  I just wanted to limit my mistakes and keep control, which I did.  It was a tough fight.”

QUESTION #2: You will be fighting for the fourth time at Pechanga on March 5th and have developed quite a following.  How do you like boxing there?

RAMOS: “I like Pechanga.  I have a lot more fans there and they bring great energy.  And I like it as far as staying and eating there too.  I like the people there and it’s a fun place.”

QUESTION #3: Your March 5th opponent is Mexican veteran Cecilio Santos.  He has a big edge in experience, as he fought in four world title bouts.  How have you prepared for him and how will you overcome his experience advantage?

RAMOS: “I’ve watched a lot of his fights and I’ve seen the mistakes he makes.  He’s tough, though.  He reaches when he punches, so when he misses it’s going to be my turn to take over.  Don’t blink, though.  It might be a first-round knockout.”

QUESTION #4: What would a victory over an experienced former world title contender like Cecilio Santos mean for your career going forward?

RAMOS: “It would mean a lot.  I would like to get a world title soon.  Even Alejandro (Perez) was a big step for me.  And a win here will be an even bigger one.  When I get this win I it will be another step closer to the top.  Whoever Dan Goossen and Al Haymon have for me I’m gonna fight.”

QUESTION #5: What can the fans at Pechanga and those watching on ESPN2 expect to see from Rico Ramos on March 5th?

RAMOS: “They’re going to see an exciting fight; however long it lasts.  They’re going to see me give a really good fight.  It’s gonna be awesome and I promise not to let my fans down!”

QUESTION #6: What are your goals for 2010?

RAMOS: “I want to try and become a world champion and the best boxer at 122 pounds.  Hopefully, if my plans go right, it will happen this year.”

Tickets priced at $70 Premium Ringside (Rows 1-3), $60 (Ringside Rows 4-7), $45 (VIP rows 8-11) and $30 General Admission (Rows 12 and beyond) are available at the Pechanga Box Office from 10am to 10pm or by calling 1-877-2WIN and press 2.  Doors open at 5:00 PM.  First Bout is at 6:00 PM.

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