Less than a month after demolishing Yeuri Andujar in just 54 seconds, two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez will attempt to avenge his disastrous pro debut when he rematches Adan Gonzalez in ESPN’s July 2nd co-feature. Ramirez’s trainer, veteran Ismael Salas, broke the news to Tha Boxing Voice yesterday.
“When the people of Top Rank approached us with this proposal, we accepted it immediately. Gonzales is a thorn that still hurts Robeisy on the inside, and once we remove that thorn, it will allow us to look forward without stopping.”
Cuba’s Ramirez (3-1, 3 KO) stepped into the ring last year with a pedigree comparable to those of Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasiliy Lomachenko, plus the expectations to match. Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KO), however, refused to let him start his career on the right foot, dropping the uber-prospect in the first round en route to a shocking split decision win.
Salas is confident that it won’t happen again.
“Robeisy on that occasion kind of froze a little and in his corner they couldn’t get him out of the lethargy, they couldn’t keep him focused,” Salas added. “Everything will be very different now. The inner giant and the enormous talent inside of him has been awakened. On July 2nd, we’ll remove the thorn.”
Ramirez has certainly been working as intended since then, showing the skill and finishing ability we’d expected to see coming in. Despite this, Gonzales says he’s up for the challenge.
“I ain’t a little thorn. They better start talking about removing a tree stump, and that shit ain’t easy. ... I ain’t coming to play with this dude at all. I want what he has — I want it all. And I ain’t gonna stop until I get it. I don’t care how short of a notice this is. I’ve been in shape, so bring it. On July 2, I hope Ramirez is ready to feel some shit because he’s gonna get hit with some heat.”