(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.
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
H-E-B University Center, Bexar Room (HUC 1.102), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a co-sponsor of the CARTA 19th Annual Conference. The group meets annually to exchange educational programs, ideas, and techniques and to network with other teachers of Russian. Registration required.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown San Antonio
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