(Jan. 15, 2014) -- Meet amateur boxer Cresencio Ramos Jr.. Late last year, Ramos, 19, traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to represent the U.S. national team in the SportAccord World Combat Games.
"It was all a very good learning experience to compete at that level," said the 132-pound lightweight boxer, who made it to the championship finals in his weight class. "I was very proud to represent my country."
Ramos started boxing at age seven in order to get in shape for other sports. But, from the moment he stepped into the ring and sized up his first opponent, Ramos knew that boxing would become his sport of choice.
"Once I stepped into the ring and the bell rang, I realized I could tell a lot about how the fights would go," said Ramos. "That feeling of precognition, of knowing, is the best feeling in the world to me."
Now, 12 years later, Ramos has 182 fights to his credit with more on the horizon as he prepares to go pro.
Currently, he is the number one ranked seed in the country and will be traveling this month to the 2014 USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash., to defend his ranking.
Ramos wants to continue boxing as a career, but that doesn't mean he will be giving up on his studies. The freshman has a whole gym full of kids looking up to him as an inspiration, and he wants to show them it is possible to succeed in both boxing and your studies.
"I want them to know that they can do as well as me," said Ramos. "I was them once. Leading a good example for them to follow is important to me."
Do you know someone in the UTSA community competing at a local, state or national level while completing their education? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we might consider your submission for our next installment of Meet a Roadrunner.
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Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA has a greater focus in 2018 to serve the local community. Learn the many opportunities you can get involved.
Student Union, 1st floor corridor, Main Campus
Come meet STEM recruiters in person from companies across the nation that have full-time, part-time and/or internship opportunities.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The summit is an opportunity to create an open forum for the community to share ideas and perspectives on civic engagement.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Meet recruiters in person from companies across the nation that have full-time and/or internship opportunities. Professional dress required.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
New exhibit of Latino and Latina artists is curated by Arturo Infante Almeida, art specialist and curator for the UTSA Art Collection. Opening Reception is Feb. 8; exhibit runs through June 10.
Centro de Artes Gallery, 102 S. Santa Rosa, San Antonio
The UTSA commnity is encouraged to get involved in this city-wide initiative to clean up the San Antonio area waterways. Roadsrunners will be cleaning up Maverick Creek on the west side of Main Campus.
Maverick Creek, Main Campus
Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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