Robeisy Ramirez will try it again.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba made his highly-anticipated pro debut on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia, and in front of a nationwide audience on ESPN+ was stunned by unheralded club fighter Adan Gonzales, losing a four round split decision.
Now, he’s set to return on the Nov. 9 Top Rank card from Fresno, California, which will be headlined by the 130-pound title fight between Jamel Herring and mandatory challenger Lamont Roach Jr, and is also expected to feature Kubrat Pulev against Mark De Mori.
Ramirez, 25, wasn’t just flukily knocked out in his pro debut or something like that, he was beaten over four rounds. He suffered a flash knockdown in the first round, and boxed with an overconfidence that betrayed him, as if he couldn’t lose. But he could and did, and the hope from here on is that it was a reality check.
ESPN reports that Top Rank tried to make a rematch between Ramirez and Gonzales, but Gonzales didn’t agree to terms.
From this point on, at least for a while, Ramirez is fighting to avoid becoming one of the great busts in boxing history. The talent is there. We’ll see if he adjusts and makes the most of it.