Undefeated super welterweight contenders Jesús Ramos and Joey Spencer will face each other in the co-feature bout to David Benavidez vs. Caleb Plant at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 25th, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The fight card will also include Chris Colbert and Jose Valenzuela in a lightweight bout plus unbeaten welterweight Cody Crowley facing Abel Ramos which opens the telecast on Showtime Pay Per View. TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing will promote this event.
“With such an intriguing fight in the main event, it was only right that the Benavidez vs. Plant pay per view undercard was also filled with evenly matched showdowns highlighted by future stars looking for signature victories,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Ramos-Spencer will help determine who might be the next star at 154-pounds, while two more young stars also square off on the pay-per-view as Chris Colbert and Jose Valenzuela go toe-to-toe. With Cody Crowley putting his unbeaten record on the line against the upset-minded Abel Ramos in the telecast opener, this card lines up to be a can’t-miss event on March 25th in Las Vegas.”
Jesus Ramos had victories over Vladimir Hernandez and Luke Santamaria in 2022 to climb up the ranks in the super welterweight division. Currently, he is rated number 10 in the WBO rankings and number 9 in the WBC rankings. With six of his last nine wins ending by knockout, Ramos is aiming for a quick bout against Spencer.
“I’ve been in the gym for months now getting ready for this opportunity and everything has been great,” Jesús Ramos said. “I’m expecting the best version of Joey Spencer on March 25th. I know I have what it takes to beat him because of the preparation we’ve been putting in, my dedication, my skills and my will to win.”
Spencer (16-0, 10 KOs) will try to get his second straight victory against an undefeated fighter, as he defeated Kevin Zambrano by unanimous decision last September. The 22 year old from Michigan will be in his toughest test in his career in likely the biggest stage that he has been on in almost two years. However, he feels that he is up to the challenge on March 25th.
“It’s not that often that fans get to see fights between two undefeated rising fighters like myself and Ramos and I’m thankful to be a part of it,” Spencer said. “This is the fight I asked for, and for it to take place on one of the biggest cards of the year is very special. I’m training to put the rest of the division on notice come fight night.”
Colbert vs. Valenzuela is an interesting fight in the lightweight division. Colbert (16-1, 6 KOs) has not been in action since his loss to Hector Luis Garcia last February. He was a rising contender in the super featherweight division up until that point but now will pursue glory at 135 as he seeks his first world title.
“I’m happy to be back,” Colbert said. “Training camp is going amazingly for this fight. Like I’ve said before, there’s no pressure on me. I bring the pressure. It’s ‘Primetime’ on SHOWTIME!”
Valenzuela (12-1, 8 KOs) trains in the same camp as David Benavidez and he is working hard to shake off the loss he suffered to Edwin De Los Santos last September. The 23 year old originally from Sinaloa, Mexico was a rising prospect in the division as he had five fights in 2021 and a win against former champion Francisco Vargas in April of 2022. He believes that he is ready for the bout against Colbert in Las Vegas as he has prepa
“I’m extremely motivated for this fight and have been training really hard,” Valenzuela stated. “The difference with this camp is that I was in shape when camp started, so it’s giving me a head start on my preparation. My strength and conditioning are at a whole new level and I can’t wait to show everyone what I’m capable of in this fight.”
Cody Crowley (21-0, 9 KOs) is a ranked contender in the WBC, IBF, and WBO at welterweight who has wins over Josesito Lopez and Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. The Canadian born fighter hopes to stay among the top contenders in the division by scoring a victory over Abel Ramos in Las Vegas. This will be his first bout since losing his father and he is dedicated to get a victory in his father’s memory.
“I’m thrilled to be fighting back on the big stage for this fight,” Crowley said. “I have succeeded in overcoming obstacles and adversity, and Abel Ramos will not be able to stop me from achieving my dream of becoming world champion. I’m dedicating this fight to my father’s memory and to all of those who have worked diligently to help me succeed against all odds.”
Abel Ramos (27-5-2, 21 KOs) is the uncle of Jesus Ramos and has wins over Bryant Perrella and Omar Figueroa Jr. He is looking to bounce back from defeat last February against Luke Santamaria and a win over Crowley puts him in the mix in the welterweight division.
“I’m having a great training camp and I can’t wait until it’s time to get into the ring,” said Ramos. “I’m prepared to take on Crowley and show off everything I’ve been working on in camp. I’m facing a strong opponent, but I believe that my experience in these big fights will get me the victory on March 25th.”
Cover photo by Sean Michael Ham