Robeisy Ramirez has gone from a potential bust to boxing’s most active titleholder all in a span of just over four years.
The double Olympic Gold medalist risks his WBO featherweight title versus Guadalajara’s Rafael Espinoza. Their scheduled twelve-round clash will mark his second title defense, which comes just eight months after Ramirez outpointed former 122-pound titlist Isaac Dogboe this past April.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with this schedule,” Ramirez told BoxingScene.com. “I am a boxer. This is how I make my living and I love to fight.”
Ramirez-Espinoza will headline a Top Rank-promoted ESPN doubleheader this Saturday from Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
The 29-year-old Cuban southpaw has enjoyed a steady stream of activity during every year in the pro ranks.
It’s quite the statement considering his disastrous August 2019 pro debut, when he was dropped in the opening round of a stunning split decision defeat to Adan Gonzales. Thirteen straight wins have followed, including a revenge-fueled six-round win over Gonzales in their July 2020 during the heart of the pandemic. That win was one of five on the year, at a time when most boxers were benched or lucky to get a fight or two.
“We’ve always been ready to go anytime they’ve told us they have a fight lined up,” noted Ramirez, who has never gone more than 5 ½ months between fights. “Look at what I did in 2020. I fought five times during a pandemic.”
Ramirez enjoyed a productive and active stretch beginning with his October 2021 points win over then-unbeaten Orlando ‘Capu’ Gonzalez. His three fights in 2022 saw knockout victories over Eric Donovan, unbeaten and highly touted Abraham Nova and former title challenger Jose Matias Romero to set up his terrific 2023 campaign.
“It means a lot that Top Rank keeps providing me with the opportunity to fight as often as possible,” said Ramirez, who comes off a fifth-round knockout of Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu on July 25 in Tokyo. “I feel sharper than ever and hope this can continue next year when I begin to unify this division.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. X (formerly Twitter): @JakeNDaBox