What Does Bob Arum Think About Robeisy Ramirez?
When it comes to securing the future of boxing, Bob Arum has been at the forefront of it. He has done so with the likes of Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Lopez. Now, another young star is looking to make an impact with Top Rank, and Arum is extremely interested in seeing his progress.
This past Thursday, Robeisy Ramirez beat Adan Gonzales via unanimous decision. It was a revenge bout for Ramirez (4-1), as Gonzalez beat him in his professional debut in August 2019.
“The biggest difference was getting dropped in the first round in that first fight, which threw off my game plan,” Ramirez told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna after the fight. “I was able to throw every punch I wanted to tonight, which was the biggest difference in my performance.”
Avenging his defeat after underestimating his opponent, a huge weight has been lifted off of Ramirez’s shoulders. Arum sees a bright future for Ramirez.
“I think he’s gonna be a major star,” Arum stated to Boxing Scene. “Do I know for sure? No. But now that we’ve seen him a few times, he seems like a spectacular fighter. And he’s training right, and all of that stuff. He has a good trainer now, so we’re very optimistic.”
The 26-year-old Ramirez is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a Pan American Games winner. Born in Cuba, Ramirez had a 111-20 amateur record before being signed by Top Rank. One of those wins came against WBO Featherweight Champion and silver Olympic medalist Shakur Stevenson.
Following his loss in August, Ramirez rebounded with three wins in a row via knockout. It also helped that he changed trainers, working with Ismael Salas. He beat Fernando Ibarra De Anda in November, Rafeal Morales in February, and Yeuri Andujar in June. A quick bout last time out (round one), Ramirez was able to showcase his skills just a few weeks later inside the MGM Grand Conference Center.
Before his fight, Arum stated he was ready to see the fighter Top Rank was interested in signing not that long ago.
“When we signed Ramirez, we knew we were signing a blue-chipper because you have to be a blue-chipper to have beaten Shakur Stevenson in the amateurs to win a gold medal,” Arum went on to say. “We were very disappointed with his first fight, but it was understandable because he was on the lamb for a year, escaping the Cubans, traveling all over. Now he’s in [Las Vegas], dedicated. He’s a tremendous talent… We believed when we signed him that it was a major talent that we were signing. He’s come through in a few fights, and we believe that he’ll go on to stardom.”
The sky is the limit for Ramirez, who will look to continue his progression in the featherweight division.