Wonderful Pistachios sponsored Jose Ramirez in his championship boxing match versus Viktor Postol in the main event at “the bubble” inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The event took place on August 29.
As a hero of California’s Central Valley, which is also home to the orchards of Wonderful Pistachios, Jose Ramirez fought to defend his WBC and WBO junior welterweight titles. Following the fight, Ramirez’s Wonderful Pistachios-branded gear worn on his walk to the ring and during the fight, including his shorts, shoes, and mask displaying the words “Kings County,” were auctioned off to benefit agricultural workers in Kings County. Wonderful Pistachios will match the winning bid up to $25,000.
“Jose Ramirez has been a long-time partner of Wonderful Pistachios and we’re excited to sponsor him in the ring once again as he competes to defend his titles,” said Adam Cooper, senior vice president of marketing, The Wonderful Company. “California’s Central Valley is the heart of our operations, where our pistachios are grown and harvested, and we’re excited about this additional opportunity to support the local community.”
“We simply can’t do enough to support our agriculture workers right now,” said Ramirez, 2012 Olympian and Unified World Champion. “They’re truly the definition of essential workers. Anything will help.”
Wonderful Pistachios and Jose Ramirez have a long-standing relationship, as both call California’s Central Valley home and share a passion for supporting the region’s agricultural workers and communities. Ramirez was born and raised in Avenal, California, a short drive from the Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds Central Valley facility in Lost Hills.
“Jose’s support in the fight against COVID-19 is essential to Kings County, just like the farm workers he represents are essential to feeding the world,” said Doug Verboon, Kings County Board of Supervisors.
“The only thing stronger than Jose’s left hook is the love he has for his people. I’m proud to be in his corner in this fight against COVID,” said Richard Valle, Kings County Supervisor.
“These agriculture workers are the real champions right now, fighting against so many things in California to feed the world,” said Rick Mirigian, Ramirez’s agent and promoter.