Robeisy Ramirez has a date and a site for his next fight.
Now all that the WBO featherweight champion needs is to secure an opponent. The Nevada State Athletic Commission approved a November 4 date for Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., Ramirez’s promoter, at its monthly meeting Tuesday morning in Las Vegas.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that the Cuban-born Ramirez (13-1, 8 KOs) will headline Top Rank’s show that night at Tahoe Blue Event Center in Stateline, Nevada. ESPN+ will stream Ramirez’s 126-pound title defense as its main event November 4.
Ramirez, 29, is free to make a voluntary defense of his championship because the WBO’s number one featherweight contender, Joet Gonzalez, lost a 12-round unanimous decision to IBF champ Luis Alberto Lopez on Friday night at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mexico’s Lopez told BoxingScene.com recently that he wants to meet Ramirez in what would be an intriguing 126-pound title unification fight. Lopez (29-2, 16 KOs) is not expected, however, to fight Ramirez just seven weeks after he went 12 rounds against Gonzalez (26-4, 15 KOs).
Ramirez, meanwhile, has emerged as one of the top featherweights in boxing.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist is 13-0 since he stunningly lost his pro debut to Denver’s Adan Gonzales by split decision in August 2019 at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Ramirez avenged that four-round defeat by beating Gonzalez unanimously in a six-round rematch that took place in July 2020 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Arum mentioned Ramirez as a potential opponent in 2024 for Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue (25-0, 22 KOs), who might move up to the featherweight division if he fully unifies boxing’s 122-pound championships in his next bout by beating the Philippines’ Marlon Tapales (37-3, 19 KOs). Ramirez stopped Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu (11-2, 10 KOs) in the fifth round of his last fight, which was part of the Inoue-Stephen Fulton undercard July 25 at Ariake Arena in Tokyo.
That victory marked Ramirez’s first defense of the WBO featherweight crown he won April 1, when Ramirez beat Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe by unanimous decision at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ramirez and Dogboe (24-3, 15 KOs) fought for the then-vacant WBO featherweight title that Emanuel Navarrette vacated to move up to the 130-pound division.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.