Robeisy Ramirez Expresses No Interest in a Pro Bout Against Shakur Stevenson
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (10-1, 6KOs) show much promise prior to his professional debut. However, losing his premier bout, against Adan Gonzales back in August 2019, Ramirez was suddenly viewed in a different light. People were dumbfounded at how a decorated amateur could lose his professional debut. As skilled and successful as he was as an amateur, he didn’t immediately acclimate to the pro game.
However, since that loss, he’s reeled off ten consecutive victories, including a unanimous decision win over Gonzales. His most recent victory was significant as he dominated a bigger, undefeated fighter in world title contender Abraham Nova (21-1, 15KOs), stopping him in five rounds.
Now with the Nova win under his belt, bigger fights await him. At some point this year, two world title opportunities could be in play for the talented Cuban. A possible showdown against two-division world champion Emanuel Navarrete (35-1, 29KOs) is one possibility.
RAMIREZ V STEVENSON?
Then there’s an even more intriguing fight for Ramirez. He could elect to move up a division and face a former amateur foe, unified 130-pound champion “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (19-0, 8KOs). These two men have history stemming from their 2016 Olympic final match that saw Ramirez defeat the American two-division world champion to claim the gold medal in the bantamweight division. The loss left Stevenson in tears and forced to settle for the silver medal.
RAMIREZ DECLINES A PRO REMATCH WITH STEVENSON!
While it would be interesting to see both fighters rekindle their past, Ramirez seems to have no interest in doing so. He told Fight Hype the following regarding possibly facing Stevenson as a pro:
“Yeah, I mean I wish Shakur the best. We have a great relationship. I don’t see that fight happening. He’s at his weight class right now, and I think he’s going to keep moving up. I wish him nothing but the best.
I’m very comfortable at 126. That’s my division. I’m going to clear that division, then we’ll see in the future. But it’s not something that’s on the top of my mind for me. “
Obviously those aren’t the comments you’d like to hear from Ramirez. However, it’s clear that both fighters at this moment are on different trajectories in their careers. While Ramirez categorizes his relationship with Stevenson as great, Stevenson would probably jump at the opportunity to face Ramirez again.
This is boxing, where fighters say things and change their minds all the time. If the offer made financial sense, Ramirez and his team would have to seriously consider moving up for the opportunity to fight a unified champion for two belts.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher