Victor Ramirez Retires From Boxing, Won't Return After KO Loss

By Elisinio Castillo

With only a few days left in the year, two-time cruiserweight world champion Victor Emilio Ramirez of Argentina has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 32.

Known as the Tyson of Abasto, the boxer closed out his career with a record of 22 wins (with 17 knockouts), 3 losses and 1 draw. The reason for the retirement? Ramirez is physically and mentally burned out and no longer has the motivation to put in the long hours in the gym.

"I do not want to come back to the ring to fight. I got tired of training and having to lose weight. No more," Ramirez said.


Although he was not competing between 2009 and 2013 and then made a comeback, this time his departure from the sport seems definitive.

Ramirez began his professional career in 2006 and won the World Boxing Organization interim-cruiserweight title in 2009 with his Ukbek triumph against Alexander Alekseev in Germany.

In his next match, he took on Ukrainian Ali Ismailov in Luna Park and was left with the regular belt in a split fault.

However, in his first defense he was unseated by future division great Marco Huck and there began Ramirez's first move away from boxing, which included drug use.

After securing six consecutive wins in his return, he was given a new world title opportunity and scored a unanimous decision victory over Englishman Ola Afolabi to win the interim-IBF cruiserweight title. He then became the IBF's full beltholder when champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez retired from the sport due to health reasons.

In May of this year, Ramirez traveled over to Moscow and faced WBA champion Denis Lebedev in a unification. Things did not go as planned, with Lebedev blowing him out in two rounds. The loss now stands as the final fight of Ramirez's career.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 12-28-2016

His win over Afolabi wasn't in any way a hometown decision, but Ramirez was never anything more than an overachieving paper belt holder in an era of way too many belts.

Comment by SteveM on 12-27-2016

[QUOTE=Sadiqkingofko;17310369][B][U]he was a decent champ[/U][/B], that knockout loss to Lebedev clearly took a lot from him[/QUOTE] Why do you even say that?? What are your criteria? He got a gift hometown decision against Afolabi [who also is nowhere near elite]…

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 12-27-2016

he might come back....... at HW [IMG][/IMG]

Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 12-27-2016

he was a decent champ, that knockout loss to Lebedev clearly took a lot from him

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