There are plenty of people in boxing who deserve success in 2009. But perhaps none more than Alex Ramos, the former middleweight contender who now runs the Retired Boxers Foundation.
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I met Ramos this past summer at the home of Mike Indri, an official with the RBF and a boxing promoter in New Jersey. During our conversation Alex told me, "I'm going to die a fighter but I'm going to die a fighter trying to do the right thing for boxing."
It was shortly after this meeting that Ramos suffered a seizure and nearly died ... a fighter... continually fighting for his brethren in the ring. Thankfully, Alex is OK.
Alex turned pro in 1980 and was one of the hottest prospects in the sport. He was a kid out of the Bronx who wore trunks designed in Yankee pinstripes. They called him "The Bronx Bomber" and George Steinbrenner took a liking to him. The Boss often invited him out to the stadium. ("I used to roadwork around the track across from Yankee Stadium, and that is where the new stadium is going to be," said Ramos. "I can't believe there is going to be a new Yankee Stadium.")
He won some tough fights and he beat Curtis Parker for the USBA middleweight title in 1984. Ramos fought sporadically until 1994 when he was stopped in a WBA middleweight title fight by Jorge Castro in Argentina.
Ramos, who turns 48 in a few weeks, is now engaged in the biggest fight of his career. And that is to assist fighters in need, which includes getting proper medical coverage and assisting them in the transition from the ring to the rest of their lives.
The RBF web site says its "The Undisputed Champions for Dignity." That is certainly a title befitting Ramos.
"There are a lot of fighters who are hurting," said Ramos.
Not only does Alex Ramos feel their pain, he shares it.