It was the perfect way for a rookie to earn his stripes.
Avenal's José Ramírez opened his professional boxing career with a victory, and the 20-year-old did it with a first-round knockout over Denver's Corey Siegwarth (2-2, 1 KO) in one of the Márquez/Pacquiao undercard events.
Ramírez, the holder of 11 USA Boxing national titles, was part of the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team at the 2012 Olympics.
The win helps soothe a medal-less performance at the Olympics.
He managed to overtake Siegwarth early in the round, but it was a vicious left hook to Siegwarth's body that scored the knockdown.
Referee Vic Drakulich stopped the contest at 2 minutes, 5 seconds in the opening round.
In the corner was Freddie Roach, who worked as an assistant to Ramírez's longtime trainer Armando Mancinas. Mancinas has coached Ramírez since about 8 years old, when his father Carlos Ramírez delivered his oldest son to Kings Boxing Club in Avenal.
Ramírez no longer lives in Avenal, which is about a 45-minute commute south of Fresno, he remains a student at California State University, Fresno.
He's living in Fresno with his younger brother, Luis.
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