Between Fights, This Mexican-American Pro Boxer Found Time to Earn an Economics Degree

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27-year-old junior lightweight Casey Ramos is not your average boxer. On top of being a world-class fighter inside the ring, Ramos branched out to very different paths outside of it. After coming second in last November’s Austin City Council District 2 race, Ramos has conquered his latest endeavor: economics. Last week, the Mexican-American boxer/aspiring politician received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Edward’s University in his hometown of Austin, Texas.

Ramos was impressively able to balance his training schedule and his class work; most boxers struggle simply with the rigors of their fight schedule. Speaking to ESPN, Ramos explained his double workload, stating that “studying economics was perfect, as we learned about laws, regulations, and ways I can help families. A lot of people–my family, my uncle, my friends–helped me while growing up and now it’s my turn to help others.”

Promoter Top Rank, who handles the training and guidance of the Texan’s boxing career, was pleased to see their young star expand his horizons with his new degree. “Casey has always given 100 percent in the ring and now, perhaps even more importantly, 100 percent in the classroom, where it will pay off even more so.” said Top Rank vice president, Carl Moretti.

As if his pursuit of a degree wasn’t enough, Ramos also ran for city council last November, which he said was something that he believed was a good usage of his limited time: “I have my personal goals too, like winning a world championship, establishing myself, owning a home. But at the same time, I want to help others get their lifelong dreams too,” Ramos explained.

As for the world championship, Ramos (24-1, 6 KOs) might soon be on his way: he won his last bout, a 10-round unanimous decision against Miguel Beltran Jr. on April 28, as his semester was winding down. Now, the question is: will Ramos make more of an impact on the boxing world, or in his community?