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WBO featherweight champ Ramirez hopes to unify division’s titles after July 25 fight with Shimizu

Jul 18, 2023 17:47 pm

  World Boxing Organization featherweight champion Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba said on July 18 in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, he wants to unify all the featherweight titles after his title defense against 12th-ranked challenger Satoshi Shimizu of Ohashi Boxing Gym on July 25 at Tokyo’s Ariake Arena.

  Displaying a fine movement in his brief shadowboxing during his public workout at the gym, the left-handed Ramirez, 29, said through an interpreter, ‘’I want to face the remaining three (world champions) to unify the titles.’’ He was referring to World Boxing Association champion Leigh Wood of Britain, World Boxing Council champion Rey Vargas of Mexico and International Boxing Federation kingpin Luis Alberto Lopez of Mexico.

  Asked about the possibility of fighting with former undisputed world bantamweight champion Naoya ‘’the Monster’’ Inoue of the gym if Inoue moves up to featherweight, Ramirez responded, ‘’Of course I want to fight with him. That would influence me positively not only for my career but also for the good of fans.’’

  The scheduled 12-rounder with the 37-year-old Shimizu, also a southpaw, will serve as the chief supporting card for the WBC and WBO super bantamweight title match between champion Stephen Fulton of the United States and Shimizu’s stablemate and top-ranked challenger Inoue.

  Accompanied by the U.S. based Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, Ramirez brushed aside the difference in height between Shimizu who is some 15-cm taller than the 165-cm Ramirez as he said some 80 to 90 percent of his opponents so far have been taller than him. ‘’I want to show my good defense,’’ Ramirez said.

  In this connection, Salas said they worked out a plan to cope with that, although Shimizu is a little bit tricky in his movement. Ramirez had done 110 rounds of sparring in the U.S. for this particular fight.

  Hideyuki Ohashi, the head of the gym, said, ‘’True he has a high athletic ability. But that kind of seemingly perfect boxer would fall apart in case the unexpected occurs.

  Ramirez, who captured the vacant WBO featherweight title by decisioning Isaac Dogboe of Ghana on Apr. 1 and is making his first defense of the title, won the gold medal in the flyweight division in the 2012 London Olympics and also won the gold medal in the bantamweight division in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  Ramirez, who has been fighting out of the U.S. as he defected to the U.S. in 2018, has a professional record of 12 wins, including seven knockouts, against a loss. For his part, Shimizu, who won the bronze medal in the bantamweight division in the London Olympics, has an 11-1 win-loss tally with 10 KOs.

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