Pro Boxer Jose Ramirez Joins The "Fight For Water" - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Pro Boxer Jose Ramirez Joins The "Fight For Water"

Posted:
Western Fresno County -

Valley farmers have a new ally in their "fight for water." Pro boxer Jose Ramirez is Valley born and raised.   He's currently undefeated after six pro fights.   His next fight will be on Valley soil at the West Hills College Campus in Lemoore.  

Farmers are already wearing shirts to promote the "fight for water. " Agriculture meant a lot to my family.   That's how my dad brought food to the table because of the jobs working as a field worker.   It's been a part of my life."

When it comes to water 2013 has been a trying year for Westside farmers.   Almond trees are a big investment on the Westside but they're one of the kings when it comes to making money.   

But Shawn Coburn says many growers who don't have enough water are yanking them out.  "A lot of guys are having to make tough decisions as far as what blocks of trees that they're gonna pull out based upon their water budgets for next year and the amount of water they can pump from their ground wells."

Many Westside farmers rely on federal water to keep their crops alive.  This year's allocation was 20 percent. Coburn's says next year's projection starts at zero.  "Unless we can restore some type of reliability to the water system itself yeah the Westside will be going thru theses ups and downs... zero allocation years in perpetuity."

Boxer Jose Ramirez can't believe what's happening.  "It's kind of devastating when you know over a hundred acres of land are gonna go to waste cause of a lack of water.   That 100 acres brings a lot of jobs to people so that was the motivation that got me to be a part of it."

The Latino Water Coalition is helping to promote the "fight for water." It's message to boxing fans and viewers is simple; food, jobs, hope... just add water.

The fight on November 9th in Lemoore will be nationally broadcast on Univision's sister network, Unimas.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Your Smartphone May Be Dirtier Than Your Toilet Seat

    Your Smartphone May Be Dirtier Than Your Toilet Seat

    One study reveals your smartphone could be dirtier than a toilet seat!More >>
    One study reveals your smartphone could be dirtier than a toilet seat!More >>
  • More Teens Using This Drug

    More Teens Using This Drug

    More and more teens are bulking up with synthetic human growth hormones. A new report released by the Partnership for Drug Free Kids shows the number of high school students who used the performance enhancing drug, without a prescription, more than doubled between 2012 and 2013. It was more common for boys than girls. Researchers also found in this study, that more of these boys and young men reported regular use of steroids.More >>
    More and more teens are bulking up with synthetic human growth hormones. A new report released by the Partnership for Drug Free Kids shows the number of high school students who used the performance enhancing drug, without a prescription, more than doubled between 2012 and 2013. It was more common for boys than girls. Researchers also found in this study, that more of these boys and young men reported regular use of steroids.More >>
  • Suspected Teen Burglar Escapes From Officer At Fresno Hospital

    Suspected Teen Burglar Escapes From Officer At Fresno Hospital

    17-year-old Raymond Robinson of Fresno is still on the run.Fresno police are searching for Robinson after he was arrested suspected of burglary.More >>
    17-year-old Raymond Robinson of Fresno is still on the run.Fresno police are searching for Robinson after he was arrested suspected of burglary.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.