Robeisy Ramirez Wipes Out Abraham Nova In Five!
In an exciting battle of Top Rank featherweight stablemates, Abraham “El Super” Nova (21-1, 15 KO’s) dueled Robeisy Ramirez (10-1, 6 KO’s). The two traded leather in the belly of the legendary Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the Beterbiev vs Smith Jr light heavyweight unification match.
Nova, 28, entered the match with the goal of preserving his unblemished record during his second bout of the year. The six-year pro has every intention of remaining busy this year. He was sidelined with an Achilles injury from June 2020 to August 2021. The setback was a real buzzkill for the gifted fighter who totes nearly 200 amateur fights. Since his return however, the blonde-hued bruiser has collected two wins over Richard Pumicpic (UD) and William Encarnacion (TKO). Ranked #4 (WBO) and #11 (WBC), it was well known that if victorious over Ramirez the match that Nova really craved was with Emanuel Navarrete.
While his record was not flawless, Ramirez certainly was aiming to maintain his current win streak. After dropping a surprise upset loss to Adan Gonzalez, the two-time Olympic gold medalist has won nine straight prizefights. Among those wins, Ramirez doubled-backed to get revenge over Gonzalez by way of unanimous decision. With amateur wins over Tugstsogt Nyambar, Michael Conlan and Shakur Stevenson, and currently being ranked #10 (WBA) and #12 (WBO), Ramirez has very high professional ambitions for himself.
THE CHANGING TIDES
The bout opened with Nova controlling the real estate while inching backwards under cover fire provided by his jab. Ramirez had a few bursts of action where he did land clean, thumping punches. Yet they were few and far in between and Nova ate them well. The second closely mirrored the first. In third however, at about the halfway mark, the two fighters engaged in roughly 30 seconds of nasty and intense inside fighting. The Cuban’s left hook roared to life and consistently tore at Nova’s ribs and face.
El Super Nova leveled the action out by slowing the pace, only to get roughed up in the closing seconds of the period. Ramirez also sank a bevy of hammering body shots into his evasive foe’s ribs. The momentum of the third carried over into the fourth and fifth. By now, Nova’s spunk and punching power appeared to visibly wane.
Everything came to a boiling point when the Cuban bushwhacked Nova with a single, thunderous straight left during a lull in action. After begin clobbered, the Puerto Rican locked up and tipped over like he was hit with a military grade stun gun. Once on the ground, referee Charlie Fitch recognized that he was in no condition to continue and brought the match to a close. With that action, Ramirez was awarded the victory by way of fifth round knockout.
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By: Bakari Simpson