Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez has finally achieved his dream of becoming a world champion. He won the vacant WBO featherweight title after defeating former champion Isaac Dogboe over twelve rounds in Tulsa on Saturday night.
Following his title win, Ramirez was approached with the possibility of making his first defense in Miami, which has a large Cuban community. Ramirez, who has gradually crept into the hearts of Cubans with his results and career, is excited about the prospect of fighting in front of a home crowd.
Ramirez is hoping the world title win will lead to major fights in the future, including a possible showdown with two-division champion Shakur Stevenson. The two boxers have already faced each other in the Olympics, with Ramirez coming out on top.
At the moment, the boxers are two divisions apart, with Stevenson making his lightweight debut this Saturday night. However, because of their mutual promoter in Top Rank, Ramirez and Stevenson have become very friendly. Their friendship won't prevent a future encounter if they ever find themselves in the same weight class.
“Shakur wants to face me, and that is a matter of someone wanting to remove a thorn from their side, but we have both grown a lot. He will continue to grow. For the cameras, for the show, to sell himself, he shows himself as he should: a bit arrogant. They like that in the American market, but personally he is a tremendous fighter," Ramirez said.
“We have a tremendous relationship. We talk a lot on Instagram. For the Valdez fight, he asked me if I knew of any sparring partners here in Las Vegas so he could work. He arrived that day, he started training. It seems that he is well focused. Afterwards, we had a chance to talk. We talk about our respective fights. I wanted to play ping pong, but we couldn't. They say if he doesn't win, he doesn't leave the gym. So, it is about much more than a publicity photo for him."
Overall, Ramirez's victory is a significant milestone in his career, and he is looking forward to future opportunities to prove himself as one of the best boxers in the world.