There isn’t much that Robeisy Ramirez hasn’t experienced through his incredible amateur career that resulted in two Olympic Gold medals and a pro journey that’s already led to his first major title.
That rare exception comes this weekend, when he puts his WBO featherweight title on the line versus a 6’1” challenger in Guadalajara’s Rafael Espinoza.
A seven-inch height disadvantage is presented to the 5’6” Cuban southpaw, though he sees a common theme when breaking down the part that matters the most—the fighting style he will see in the ring.
“We know he’s a Mexican fighter. Even though he’s very tall for the fight, he fights like a true Mexican,” Ramirez told BoxingScene.com. “He is going to try to physically challenge me and we are prepared for everything he is going to bring.”
Ramirez-Espinoza will headline a Top-Rank promoted doubleheader on ESPN this Saturday from Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
The bout will mark the second title defense for Ramirez (13-1, 8KOs), who won the belt just eight months ago in an April 1 decision victory over Isaac Dogboe. His most recent win came versus Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu, a 5’11” southpaw whom he knocked out in the fifth round of their July 29 title fight at Ariake Arena in Tokyo.
Ramirez extended his current 13-fight win streak with the feat amidst a four-year pro career that has largely come versus more experienced opposition. He overcame a four-round defeat to Adan Gonzales in his disastrous August 2019 pro debut to avenge the defeat and conquer a variety of challenges to emerge as arguably the best featherweight in the world.
It’s those intangibles he plans to bring into the ring versus the 29-year-old Espinoza (21-0, 18KOs), an abnormally tall featherweight riding a five-fight knockout streak ahead of his first major title fight.
“We don’t underestimate any opponent, any challenge,” insisted Ramirez. “We are going to be ready for him.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. X (formerly Twitter): @JakeNDaBox