Eduardo Ramirez continues to enjoy a power surge.
The streaking featherweight collects his third straight knockout victory, stopping Isaac Avelar in the third round of their WBA interim title fight between Mexican southpaws.
Ramirez dropped Avelar shortly before producing the stoppage win at 1:16 of round three in their Fox-televised opener Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Ramirez landed the heavier blows early in the bout, though Avelar nearly went punch-for-punch with his hard-hitting countryman. Avelar nearly paid the price in the opening round, as Ramirez connected with a right hook to drive back the 23-year-old southpaw.
Both boxers pressed the action in round two, with Ramirez remaining a step ahead though forced to work. That changed in a dramatic way in round three, as Ramirez closed the show in style. A right hook sent Avelar to the canvas for the bout’s lone knockdown, barely beating the count though looking worse for the wear.
Ramirez immediately went on the attack once action resumed. A half-hook, half-uppercut left Avelar near defenseless along the ropes. Ramirez landed one more shot before referee Gerald White moved in to stop the contest.
The win is the third straight for Ramirez (25-2-3, 12KOs), who picks up the interim version of the WBA featherweight title in the process. Ramirez racks up the highlight reel stoppage on the heels of an emphatic 5th round knockout of Miguel Flores on the undercard of a Fox Sports Pay-Per-View event last December at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Avelar falls to 17-3 (10KOs), with all three career defeats coming in his last four starts.
The bout aired as part of a Fox-televised doubleheader preceding the Fox Sports Pay-Per-View telecast. Headlining the Fox portion, Erislandy Lara and Thomas ‘Cornflake’ Lamanna meet in a 12-round middleweight bout. Former unified heavyweight titlist Andy Ruiz (33-2, 22KOs) faces three-time title challenger Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 33KOs) in a scheduled 12-round contest to headline the Fox Sports PPV event.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox