The two time Olympic gold medalist can now say that he is a world champion.
Robeisy Ramirez used accurate punching and great defense to score a clear unanimous decision victory over Isaac Dogboe to win the vacant WBO featherweight title at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The scores were 119-108, 118-109, 117-110 in favor of the Cuban who now resides in Gulfport, Florida. This gives Ramirez his 12th consecutive win since losing his debut, while Dogboe falls to 24-3.
The level of skill was visible early in the bout as Ramirez used distance and scored with multiple left hands and right hooks. Dogboe wasn’t able to do much in response as many of the punches thrown were out of range. He was able to have some success when Ramirez had his back to the ropes, but those opportunities were rare over the course of twelve rounds. According to CompuBox statistics, Dogboe landed 12 jabs over the course of the fight, and had a total connect percentage of 18 percent. Ramirez was able to connect on 32 percent of his punches.
In multiple spots during the fight Ramirez avoided the right hand of Dogboe and was able to counter with the left hand. Ramirez stunned Dogboe in the seventh round with a left, and by the tenth round Ramirez landed a combination that halted the momentum of the former super bantamweight champion. In the twelfth round, Ramirez landed an uppercut while Dogboe was off balance that scored the only knockdown of the fight.
After getting the victory and the WBO featherweight title, Ramirez made it known that this is a new chapter in his pro career.
“I’m living a new stage in my life. This is a new history that I’m writing, and I did everything I had to do,” he said. “As an Olympian, I won two Olympic gold medals, and now I can call myself a champion.”
The new champion also reflected on his pro debut, and how that sparked him to be at the level that he is.
“If it wasn’t for that loss in my pro debut, I would have never ended up with Ismael Salas. Yordenis Ugas never would’ve told me, ‘You have to move to Vegas, you have to change your life,’ and I never would have gotten this team together to be where I am today.”
For Dogboe, it was a good effort but he fell short on becoming a two division champion. That did not deter him from stating that he would like another shot at Ramirez.
“Let’s have a rematch,” Dogboe said. “He’s a great fighter. Let’s run it back. That’s all I have to say.”
Cover photo by Mikey Williams of Top Rank