By huck allen: Robeisy Ramirez is putting the finishing touches on his preparation for the first title defense of his WBO featherweight belt next week against #12 Satoshi Shimizu on Tuesday, July 25, in the Stephen Fulton vs. Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue card at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The card will be displayed live on ESPN+.
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Robeisy most recently won the WBO 126-pound belt last April, beating former super bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe by a 12-round unanimous decision. It was easy for Robeisy, beating a fighter whose only other losses in his career came against Emanuel Navarrete in grueling fights.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy (12-1, 7 KO) is likely to face Shimizu (11-1, 10 KO), 37, because the card is taking place in Japan because he would be better off defending against a higher ranked and more well known boxer that US boxing fans have heard about to help increase his popularity.
Fighting dark old men like Shimizu doesn’t get the attention of American boxing fans. Therefore, there are less than zero rumors about the Robeisy vs. Shimizu from the US fans with one week to go.
This fight has an early knockout scripted for Robeisy, as Shimizu was knocked out in the sixth round four years ago by Joe Noynay, and since then, he has beaten the following three record-breaking opponents:
- Landy Cris Leon (14-23-5, 6 KOs)
- Musashi Mori (14-1-1, 7 KOs)
- Kyohei Tonomoto (14-3-1, 7 KOs)
Given the mediocre opposition Shimizu has fought throughout his entire seven-year professional career and not just since his loss to Noynay (21-3-2, 9 KOs), Robeisy will blow him out of the water on July 25. The only way this fight goes to any round is if Robeisy purposely plays Shimizu to entertain fans at Ariake Arena in Tokyo.
Ideally, Robeisy should fight higher ranked opponents than Shimizu if she wants to advance her career. If Robeisy’s promoters at Top Rank can’t put together unification fights against any of the other featherweight champions, then they should pit him against these fighters:
– Joet Gonzalez
– Sergio Sanchez
– Ruben Villa
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn probably wouldn’t let his fighter Raymond Ford fight Robeisy because he doesn’t want the 24-year-old to get beaten.
Due to his long amateur career in Cuba, Robeisy, 29, has had a late start to his career, having turned professional in 2019, and he cannot afford to spend too much time focusing on fighting top-level fighters. lower. if he wants to try to become a star.
Robeisy’s problem is that the featherweight division doesn’t have big-name fighters, and the best there probably wouldn’t agree to fight him. The only name Robeisy and his promoters at Top Rank should be targeting is IBF champion Luis Lopez. He’s the best of a mediocre bunch at 126 right now, but it would be tough.
To get the bigger fights, Robeisy will need to move up to super featherweight, where he can take on the likes of Oscar Valdez, Emanuel Navarrete, O’Shaquie Foster, Hector Luis Garcia and Joe Cordina. The only question about Robeisy moving up to 130 is whether he’s big enough to compete in that division.
— Robeisy Ramírez (@RobeisyRamirez) July 18, 2023