Mando Ramos former WBC lightweight World champion SIGNED action shot 11" x 8" wirephoto from his 3rd fight against Pedro Carrasco, 28th June 1972, Sports Palace, Madrid, Comunidad De Madrid. Spain.
Ramos W split decision over 15 rounds
Mando Ramos of Los Angeles beat Pedro Carrasco of Spain on points to remain lightweight champion in their 3rd controversial WBC title fight. In this 3rd bout Ramos was declared the winner on a 15 round decision by a narrow margin of three points. Ramos was more aggressive than Carrasco and attacked with good combinations from beginning to the end of the fight. Carrasco went down twice, once in the 1st round and again in the 2nd round when Ramos sent terrific lefts and rights to the face and body of the Spaniard.
Carrasco had a cut on the left eyebrow from the 2nd round and bled steadily to the end of the bout which was one of the most exciting ever seen in Madrid. The estimated 12,000 fans at the Sports Palace booed the decision in the belief Carrasco had been the winner, but Spanish boxing writers agreed in saying, the result was just and Ramos was a deserving winner.
After drinking a bottle of soda in his dressing room after the bout, Ramos was given a post-fight urinalysis in which was found traces of Benzedrine. Unknowing if it was from the soda, WBC President Ramon Velasquez ordered a 4th bout between the two after Ramos' signed defence against Chango Carmona of Mexico.
Mando Ramos - Highlights
Armando Ramos (November 15, 1948 – July 6, 2008). He was born in Long Beach, California.
Armando "Mando" Ramos was one of the most popular and exciting fighters in Southern California during the 1960s.
Ramos was an outstanding amateur standout. He was somewhat slow-footed in the ring, but his punches packed knockout power.
Mando Ramos turned pro at age 17 using a forged birth certificate. Mando went on to fight the main event at the storied Olympic Auditorium by his 8th pro fight. At the age of 18 Mando destroyed the reigning Jr. Lightweight Champ, Japan's Yoshiro Kobayashi in a non-title bout. When offered a re-match for the title, the cocky Ramos refused to fight for a 'Junior' title. He demanded to fight dangerous Lightweight Champ Carlos Ortiz. Ortiz had dominated the division for over a decade. Negotiations were in place, but Ortiz was upset by 'Teo' Cruz and so Ramos took the fight to the new champ, narrowly losing in a decision. Ramos won the re-match via KO to become the youngest Lightweight Champion in history.
Mando was the first fighter to draw hordes of women to the fights. A Mando Ramos fight was an in Los Angeles. Movie stars such as John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, Liz Taylor and Connie Stevens, secretaries & women from all walks of life caught Mandomania. Hollywood loved 'The Wonder Boy'.
Trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jackie McCoy, Ramos fought ten World title fights, was a two-time champion and earned millions of dollars. Whilst Mickey Mantle and Joe Namath earned 100k per season, Ramos was earning 100k per night.
He was the World's highest paid teenager and his purses were larger than anyone but Cassius Clay's. McCoy stated Mando was the most naturally talented fighter he had ever seen in his life.
Tough fights however, had taken their toll, along with the high life. Eventually drugs and alcohol put the brakes on his career. By age 24 Ramos was out of boxing. With the aid of his wife, Sylvia Van Hecke, Ramos overcame his demons and has been clean and sober for over three decades. He founded a non-profit youth organization, B.A.A.D. (Boxing Against Alcohol and Drugs) and donated tens of thousands of his own personal hours to coaching, mentoring and training inner-city at-risk youths.
Mando Ramos died suddenly at his home in San Pedro, California on July 6, 2008.