John “Scrappy” Ramirez and Fernando Diaz have very different accounts of how their only sparring session went.

They’ll surely have different opinions of the outcome of their 10-round, 115-pound fight Saturday night as well. Ramirez remained unbeaten, but the crowd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California booed loudly when he was announced as the winner of their very competitive bout by split decision on the Alexis Rocha-Anthony Young undercard.

The 27-year-old Ramirez (13-0, 8 KOs), a super flyweight prospect from Los Angeles, won by the same score, 96-94, on the scorecards of judges Jerry Cantu and Jonathan Davis. Judge Edward Hernandez Sr. scored their fight 96-94 for Diaz.

The 23-year-old Diaz (12-4-1, 4 KOs), of Bloomington, California, pressured Ramirez for most of their fight and landed his fair share of flush punches, only to be denied what would’ve been the most noteworthy win of his five-year professional career.

Ramirez’s trainer told him before the 10th round began that he was down on the scorecards and needed to at least drop Diaz in the final round.

Diaz and Ramirez traded left hooks with about 30 seconds on the clock in their fight.

Ramirez and Diaz traded hard shots with just over a minute remaining in the 10th and final round. Diaz responded to Ramirez’s right uppercut with a five-punch combination barely 30 seconds into the 10th round.

Diaz landed a left hand and unloaded punches as Ramirez backed into the ropes with 1:15 to go in the ninth round.

Diaz’s right hand landed with about a minute on the clock in the eighth round. A left hook by Ramirez landed flush with about 50 seconds to go in the eighth round.

Diaz did good body work in the seventh round, but Ramirez’s left hook clipped him with just under 30 seconds to go in it. A hard right from Diaz got Ramirez’s attention with just under two minutes on the clock in the seventh round.

Diaz and Ramirez exchanged hard left hooks within the first 10 seconds of the sixth round and again toward the end of a very competitive sixth round.

Diaz nailed Ramirez with a left hand as Ramirez attempted to move away from him with a little less than a minute remaining in the fifth round.

Diaz drilled Ramirez with a right hand when there were about 20 seconds to go in the fourth round.

Diaz’s jab connected 45 seconds into the fourth round. He continued to land jabs, but Ramirez came back several times with right hands after absorbing those punches.

Ramirez’s right landed to the side of Diaz’s head with just under 30 seconds on the clock in the third round. Ramirez landed a right hand about a minute into the third round.

Ramirez made Diaz miss with many of his jabs and right hands in the first two minutes of the second round. Diaz then landed two hard jabs and a left hook.

Ramirez pumped his jab throughout the first round and tried to remain out of Diaz’s punching range.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.