Ray Mancini
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David Martinez
private collection

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

During the early 1980’s it was said that Youngstown’s Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was a media manufactured prospect 다운로드. He was a great story line. A young son trying to win a title that evaded his talented father Lenny “Boom Boom” Mancini. Was he the real deal or was he hype 윤미래 다운로드?

That was the question when he entered the ring at the Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio on July 19, 1981 to meet Mexico’s Jose Luis Ramirez 퍼스트 어벤져스 다운로드. Ray’s NABF lightweight title he had won just a month before would be on the line. What was really on the line was his reputation. Was he a future champion or a public relations creation 다운로드? Ramirez was no joke. He would enter the ring with a 71-3 record. On November 14, 1980 he had floored the great Alexis Arguello and ended up losing a very controversial decision 세움터 도면 다운로드. Ramirez was a bonafide contender and was considered a very stern test for the young Mancini.

What transpired the day was not a Warren war…It was a romp of Ramirez. Ray Mancini won a convincing decision over a man who was among the lightweight elite. A man who would later win a piece of the title. A fighter who you could make a case for being Hall of Fame status.

In my humble opinion this fight was Ray’s shining moment. Not his formidable but losing stand later to the legendary Arguello. Not his title victory over Arturo Frias or his “KO” of Bobby Chacon. THIS fight against Ramirez showed the national stage that indeed, this young man could FIGHT !!!