Robisse Ramirez’s career should escalate quickly after the two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist scored a resounding one-punch knockout from the previously undefeated Abraham Nova.
The 28-year-old Ramirez (10-1, 6 KOs) has been in recovery mode since stumbling on the blocks in a loss to start his pro career in 2019.
It’s been a smooth sailing south for Pau Ramirez ever since, however, as evidenced by his recent foray against the respectable Nova.
After the prolific knockout, there was a lot of talk that Ramirez is ready for the world title opportunity.
The featherweight division features champions such as Emmanuel Navarrete, Josh Warrington, Leo Santa Cruz, Mark Magcio and Lee Wood.
The clearest path for Ramirez to earn a title is to fight Navarrete, his fellow No. 1 and WBO Champion.
“I’ll fight anyone,” Ramirez told FightHype when asked if he wanted the next Navarrete fight. “It depends on my company and my team and I want to fight better and keep rolling. If he’s around and available, of course, I’ll fight him.”
Another world title opportunity may come against WBC and WBO super featherweight champion Shakur Stephenson. But Ramirez, who beat Stephenson in the 2016 Olympics finals, has no intention of a professional rematch after forcing the New Jersey native to win a silver medal.
“I wish Shakur the best. We have a great relationship. I don’t see the fight happening. He’s in his weight class [of 130 pounds] Now, I think it will continue to progress. I wish him nothing but the best. I’m very comfortable at 126. This is my split. I’m going to erase this partition and then see what’s next. Ramirez said.
“Undisputed for sure, liquidating the division at 126 is the goal. At most [I will fight at is]135 in five, six or seven years, but I don’t count on that. Obviously I’m not growing anymore. I’m comfortable with my weight.”
Ramirez also wants to make sure he changes the narrative trajectory of his career after suffering and losing the four-round split decision to little-known Adan Gonzalez in August 2019.
Ramirez avenged his loss to Gonzalez the following summer.
“I think it’s time for people to stop talking about that professional start. It was obviously a bad start, but that’s definitely in the past. But what I think I’ve accomplished so far on my resume after that fight is a testament there,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez’s performance against Nova distanced himself from the only flaw in his nearly three-year career.
“Yeah, we definitely expected to get the knockout blow [against Nova]. The work we did [in training camp] It was in the direction of the knockout. “That was the preparation all along, and we said all the time that there would be no fight going on until the 10th round,” Ramirez said.
“No, I definitely wasn’t hurt or banged at any time. I guessed the point when I started cultivating myself, realizing he couldn’t hurt me with his punches. It’s when he realized it wasn’t going to be an easy fight for him. I knew I controlled the fight.”
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