GEORGE TAKATA: before heading to southern california to train for his next bout which is october 25th in fresno - selland arena for fight for water 3 - valley olympian boxer jose ramirez is stopping by children's hospital later today to meet with patients and their families - here to talk about "sparring" with patients and give us a preview of his upcoming bout is jose himself - here he is - thanks for coming out.
JOSE RAMIREZ: thanks for having me.
GEORGE TAKATA: really appreciate it - you're 11-0 - light welterweight - things are going really well for your career - we'll talk to you about that in a little bit but talk about the kids and going to the hospital today and what that's going to be like.
JOSE RAMIREZ: i'm actually very excited - i'm very excited to go and visit the kids there - I know they're going through tough times - as a kid growing up nothing was smooth - we had to work hard - had to continue staying motivated - my goal today is to go in and try and inspire and try to motivate them and besides that to go out and have a fun day - have a great day with the kids, sign autographs, give pictures - i'm also going to be giving away tickets for this upcoming fight - the kids can come see me fight october 25th so i'll be giving them free tickets.
GEORGE TAKATA: you'll be there from noon to 1:30 - you say you want to try and inspire the kids - but these kids are fighting for their lives - how much are they an inspiration to you?
JOSE RAMIREZ: exactly - a lot - it's going to be very motivating for myself - i'm going to be motivated just by seeing them - seeing the way they're fighting through life - it's really going to inspire me and it's really going to make me a person who appreciates life more - can't take nothing for granted so they're going to continue to motivate me to stay hungry.
GEORGE TAKATA: that's awesome - you are 11-0 now - a far cry from where you were in that starbucks in kettleman city - fight for water 3 october 25th - to raise awareness for the need for water in the valley - how important is that for you to fight here for where you're from here in the valley and to raise awareness for what we need so much?
JOSE RAMIREZ: well I grew up in avenal california - a very small town - it's a farming community - my parents worked in the fields - there's still a lot of my friends who work in the fields as part time jobs to pay for their cars and college - it
's a big meaning because I lived it - that was my life - my dad works in agriculture still so i still know what it means to have those jobs and with a lack of water - the farmers, everyone - they're not able to provide those jobs - and it also affects everyone economically - the economy is affected in a negative way so it's very important to fight for this water - it's like fighting for our people - you've got to be the voice of those who don't have that confidence to be able to speak even though they might not be ok with it - they feel like they just get satisfied with something - that's why they have people like us - those who fight and those who help them be that voice - it's going to be great - it's going to be good for the valley - it's good entertainment - top rank is the biggest in the business in boxing - they're going to be there and i'm going to be co-promoting with them - there's probably going to be celebrities there too so it's going to be a great event.
GEORGE TAKATA: jose ramirez - thanks for coming in, man - thanks for all you do with the kids, raising awareness for water good luck - hopefully you'll be 12-0 - we'll be right back.
JOSE RAMIREZ: thank you.