Rafael Espinoza Dethrones Robeisy Ramirez in FOTY – Fight Results

12/11/2023 - No comments

At the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Mexican fighter Rafael Espinoza finally grabbed his long-awaited world title opportunity with both hands.

Espinoza (24-0, 20 KOs) clinched the WBO featherweight world title through a majority decision victory against Cuban boxing wizard Robeisy Ramirez (13-2, 8 KOs). Using his height and reach to his advantage, Espinoza initially kept Ramirez at a distance. However, Ramirez shook things up by dropping Espinoza with a right hook at the end of round five.

Despite Ramirez appearing to claw back control, Espinoza roared back in round nine, regaining momentum with vigorous combinations. Pushing for a dramatic finish, Espinoza dropped an exhausted Ramirez before the final bell. The judges scored the fight 113-113, 114-112, and 115-111 in Espinoza’s favor.

Espinoza, reflecting on his victory, said, “I just thought about winning… I knew I had to drop him to win. I put my heart into it. I think I’ve had a broken foot since the second round. But my family, all of Mexico watching, kept me going.”

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Ramirez, on his part, commented, “We did what we always do… He got his second wind. I tried to catch mine. He got the knockdown. I thought the fight was won. But that’s what the judges decided.”

In the co-feature, Puerto Rican prodigy Xander Zayas (18-0, 12 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a fifth-round TKO against Spanish veteran Jorge Fortea (24-4-1, 9 KOs). Zayas dominated Fortea with relentless pressure and precise body shots, leading to a decisive body blow in the fifth round.

In other bouts, featherweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington (9-0, 6 KOs) made a statement in the featherweight division with a second-round knockout of Jason Sanchez (16-5, 9 KOs). Heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr. (8-0, 8 KOs) preserved his perfect KO ratio by stopping Curtis Harper (14-11, 9 KOs) in the eighth round. Jahi Tucker (10-1-1, 5 KOs) and Francisco Daniel Veron (13-0-1, 10 KOs) fought to a majority draw in a junior middleweight clash. Dominican Olympian Rohan Polanco (11-0, 7 KOs) earned a sixth-round TKO over Keith Hunter (15-2, 9 KOs) in a junior welterweight fight. U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (11-0, 5 KOs) secured a split decision against Jimmer Espinosa (15-2, 14 KOs) in another junior welterweight contest. Lastly, Polish heavyweight Damian “Polish Hussar” Knyba (13-0, 7 KOs) triumphed over Michael Coffie (13-5, 10 KOs) in an eight-round unanimous decision.

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