Professional boxer stabs his parents in Santa Maria

May 19, 2017

Jhordy Ramirez

A 21-year-old man who recently gave up a career as a professional boxer allegedly tried to stab both of his parents to death on a Santa Maria street last week. The parents suffered life-threatening stab wounds but survived. [KCOY]

The stabbing occurred on May 12, the Friday before Mothers’ Day. When officers arrived, there was a brief standoff before Jhordy Ramirez dropped what appeared to be a large kitchen knife, police said.

Ramirez was also wounded in the incident. The motive for the attack is unclear.

Zenon Balderas, the father of Olympic boxer Carlos Balderas, was Ramirez’s longtime boxing coach. Zenon Balderas said Ramirez fought a couple professional fights and was pursuing a career in boxing until a few months ago when he injured his left hand.

Following the injury, Ramirez decided to give up boxing and focus on school. Ramirez had long been a straight-A student, Balderas said.

But, one hour before last week’s stabbing, Ramirez called the police and said he needed help and that he may be sick, Balderas said.

The coach said Ramirez may be suffering from mental illness or may have been under the influence of drugs. Balderas said Ramirez is a tremendous kid and he hopes the former boxer receives a second chance and is sent to rehab instead of prison.

Ramirez is reportedly facing charges of attempted murder, resisting arrest and assault with a deadly weapon with a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury.

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This is tragic. Clearly, he was desperate and sought help. From the information given, this was not criminal with a history of life-threatening violence. Ramirez has a MEDICAL problem (regardless of its cause) that caused dire consequences. So while you’re all heartless and joking about this, this kid could be any of our children.

In the meantime, I’m reminded of the recent community effort to prevent a mental health facility in Templeton, because of NIMBY residents who are afraid of “crazies” haunting their neighborhood. Of course, a slew of internists, surgeons, pediatricians and the like are deemed acceptable because those medical problems are considered legitimate and mental health illness is not. So where and how are they to receive help when a stigma of ridicule is so strong?

Let’s keep in mind, too, that police officers are not experts with dealing with the mentally ill; they are only trained and equipped to keep order, according to the statutes of the law.

The cruel responses here only enable what is a giant problem in our society -mental illness – right where we live. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

By the grace of God go we, as well as our children.

They tried to ma

ke him go to rehab he said ” no, no, no.”

“Give up boxing and focus on school”

It’s the Common Core curriculum I tell you; it’s making the kids nuts!

He only tried to kill his parents but lets just send him to his room instead of prison. GEEZ!!! I can hear the stupidity in the words coming out of his coach.

If you’re such a good boxer, why not just punch them?

A sport that can get you conked in the head while knowing you are there to fight must have numerous consequences.

It’s what happens to the human brain when it is repeatedly struck with violent blows.