Robeisy Ramirez will need a new dance partner for his next assignment.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Jessie Magdaleno is no longer able to go through with his schedule featherweight crossroads bout with Cuba’s Ramirez. An undisclosed injury has forced the former junior featherweight titlist to withdraw from their October 29 ESPN co-feature battle from Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City.
The rest of the show remains intact, including the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jamaine Ortiz lightweight bout in the evening’s main event. Top Rank representatives were not in a position to comment as this goes to publish.
Opponents are being sought to replace Las Vegas’ Magdaleno (29-1, 18KOs), who was aiming for his fifth straight win following his title reign-ending, eleventh-round stoppage loss to Isaac Dogboe in April 2018. The 30-year-old southpaw moved up to featherweight following his lone career defeat, though has run into bad luck even having won his last four starts.
Magdaleno was in position to face Emanuel Navarrete for the vacant WBO featherweight title in 2020 but declined to move forward with the fight. Navarrete outpointed Ruben Villa in October 2020 and still holds the belt. Magdaleno has fought just once since then, an eight-round decision over Edy Valencia on May 21 in Las Vegas.
His next assignment is unknown, as he misses out on yet another golden opportunity to advance his career.
Ramirez (10-1, 6KOs) has rapidly emerged as a featherweight contender, having won ten in a row since shockingly losing his August 2019 pro debut. The two-time Olympic Gold medalist from Cienfuegos, Cuba—who now resides in Florida—dropped a four-round split decision to Adan Gonzales right out the gate but avenged the defeat in a six-round shutout in July 2020.
The last three wins posted by Ramirez are a strong reminder of why he was met with such lofty expectations upon turning pro.
The 28-year-old southpaw scored a ten-round win over then-unbeaten Orlando Gonzalez last October 9 in Las Vegas. It was followed by a sensational third round knockout of prospect Eric Donovan (no relation to this hack) on February 26 in Glasgow before posting his best win to date. Ramirez turned away a stiff challenge from unbeaten Abraham Nova, whom he knocked out in the fifth round of their regional title fight on June 18 at Hulu Theater.
A new opponent for Ramirez is expected to be secured in the coming days.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox