Robeisy Ramirez wants a featherweight title shot, and “El Tren” may get it soon. The second Olympic medalist steamrolled the late substitute Jose Matias Romero (26-3, 9 KOs) via nine-round TKO to retain his USBA belt.
Ramirez had his man in trouble in the first and seventh rounds, but the Argentine refused to concede.
In the ninth, Ramirez landed a left hand that woke Romero up and ended the one-way streak.
Ramirez outshot Romero, 129-32, including a 19-3 advantage in the ninth round. He is now targeting a shot at the featherweight title in early 2023.
“We know that Matias is a bad fighter, who knows how to survive in the ring, and this is his plan. I hurt him early, but we tried to get him out early.
“And then Isma’il Salas, who is my strategist. He is a chess teacher. He was moving the pieces in there, and in the end, we were able to do it properly and get him out of there,” Ramirez said.
“I think the results speak for themselves. I got suspended and sent a message.
“Finally, if [Emanuel] Navarrete is not the champion at 126 pounds, if he is fighting Oscar Valdez of the championship at 130 pounds, then I got the next one at 126, and I want that belt.”
Torrez and Ali Walsh
Heavy weight Richard Torrez Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) stopped Ahmed Hefny (13-3, 5 KOs) in three in the first round of the evening.
Torrez joined his fellow Olympians in the victory group.
After a second round stoppage and first round knockout to start his debut, Torrez saw the third round for the first time.
Hefny was knocked down with a left hand in the second, and the attack continued in the third until referee Arthur Mercante stepped in.
At average weight, Nico Ali Walsh (7-0, 5 KOs) won by decision over Billy Wagner (5-3, 1 KO).
At the end of six rounds, the red score is 58-56 2x and 59-55.
Ali Walsh found plenty of resistance from Montana native Wagner, who faced an early storm. He even appeared to stun the grandson of “The Greatest” at the end of the second round.
Wagner was unable to hold on to his early lead, while Ali Walsh pulled ahead in the final two laps to claim a lopsided victory.
Feather Weight: Duke Ragan (8-0, 1 KO) UD Luis Lebron (18-5-1, 11 KOs), scores: 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75.
US silver medalist Ragan did his best. He used his well-studied defenses to defeat his fierce enemy.
Lebron, the Puerto Rican power hitter, never made the cut, if he wasn’t effective.
The Garden crowd booed the decision, but Cincinnati’s Ragan did more than enough to seal the win on the judges’ scorecards.
Average weight: Troy Isley (8-0, 4 KOs) UD 8 Quincy Lavallais (14-4-1, 9 KOs), Score: 80-72 2x and 79-73.
Isley passed the first eight rounds with flying colors, nearly shutting out Lavallais, a six-year-old famous for iron chin.
Junior Welterweight: Tiger Johnson (6-0, 4 KOs) UD 6 Esteban Garcia (15-2, 7 KOs), Score: 60-54 3x.
Johnson’s shootout ended, but the 2020 Tokyo U.S. qualifier got the experience needed to go six rounds for the first time in his career.
Light Weight: Haven Brady Jr. (8-0, 4 KOs) UD 8 Eric Mondragon (7-1-1, 4 KOs), Score: 79-73 2x and 78-74.
In the undefeated fight, Brady recorded the biggest win of his career, picking apart the California-born Mondragon with a variety of jabs and uppercuts.
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