Guillermo Rigondeaux blew past an unprepared Rico Ramos tonight in Las Vegas. (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)
Tonight's ShoBox main event lived down to expectations in terms of excitement, but it had a memorable finish at least, as Cuba's Guillermo Rigondeaux improved to 9-0 (7 KO) with a body shot knockout of Rico Ramos (20-1, 11 KO), capturing the WBA super bantamweight title.
Rigondeaux put Ramos down in the first round, and if Ramos were checked in mentally coming in, he checked out right there. Ramos did nothing for the rest of the fight, throwing a grand total of 114 punches, and landing a whopping 15 of them for an amazing 13% connect rate.
If you combine this with Ramos' fairly fluky win over Akifumi Shimoda last July, I think it's clear that Ramos is really not ready for prime time, and may never be. He has no offensive drive, and if you put those fights together, I cannot recall someone looking as nervous or fearful of fighting as a "top fighter."
Ramos could stand to take a serious step back in competition. He's 24 and there's no rush to keep him at this level. He's obviously not fit to be here. He got lucky against Shimoda, and didn't get lucky against Rigondeaux.
For Rigondeaux, this is his first world title and puts him up near the top of the division. He was clearly Ramos' superior and had no trouble whatsoever. After the fight, Rigondeaux challenged Nonito Donaire for his next fight. Donaire will fight for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title on February 4, facing Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.