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Robeisy Ramirez calls for unification bout following first title defence

Robeisy Ramirez. Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda

WBO featherweight champion Robeisy Ramirez 13-1 (8) made a successful first title defence against Satoshi Shimizu 11-1 (10) at Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday night.

The fight was the main support bout to the blockbuster WBC and WBO super bantamweight clash between champion Stephen Fulton and Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue.

Ramirez won the belt with a unanimous decision victory over former WBO super bantamweight Isaac Dogboe in April and made it two from two in world title fight.

Ramirez had an awkward opponent in front of him in Japan’s Shimizu, an elongated southpaw who, despite no being quick, slung punches from unconventional angles.

In the end it didn’t matter for Ramirez, who timed his opponent well with a left uppercut that floored Shimizu in the fifth. The local fighter should be applauded for beating the count, but the bout did not last much longer as Ramirez swarmed his opponent to force the stoppage at the 1:08 mark.

The 29-year-old Cuban southpaw has been pushed up the rankings quickly thanks to his amateur pedigree that includes Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016.

Now he says he is ready to target other world champions.

“This was a tremendous experience,” Ramirez said. “It is a blessing to be able to demonstrate my talent in a stadium full of people and in this part of the World. I am grateful and happy. The job is done.”

“Now I set my sights on a world title unification clash. I am ready to go to Japan, Scotland, England, Mexico, wherever we have to fight. I will always be available to do my job.”

ESPN’s Tim Bradley is a believer in Ramirez.

“[His punches are] lethal, they’re precise and they’re so accurate, and it was just too much for Shimizu,” enthused Bradley during the broadcast.

“He plays peek-a-boo with his opponents. He’s a jack-in-the-box. He pops up, puts that high guard up, takes some shots on his arms and when he’s ready to attack, he explodes.

“The combinations that he throws, the explosiveness, the accuracy, it’s scary, it’s death-dealing, it’s no joke. He goes down to the body, he goes down to the head, and he changes levels. He can box off his back foot, but he’s become more of a lethal puncher, sitting down on his shots.”

Ahead of the fight Ramirez admitted he did not know a lot about Shimizu, other than his stance and that he was in the WBO rankings.

“No defence is easy. Every opponent has its complications,” Ramirez said to The Ring before the fight.

“I take my fights with a lot of responsibility and I put a lot of attention to every opponent. What I know is that he’s a lefty, (but) as far as him being my rival I don’t know much about him.

“I believe he was chosen for his record and for being Japanese and fighting at home. He’s a boxer who receives a lot of respect there, he’s well-ranked, so it was a good fit for us.”