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PREVIEW: Robeisy Ramirez vs Isaac Dogboe

After losing his highly-anticipated professional debut back in 2019, Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez has been on a mission to get things back on track. Now, after racking up 11 wins, he’s on the verge of capturing his first world title.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist will be fighting for the vacant WBO featherweight strap against former super bantamweight titleholder Isaac Dogboe on Saturday, April 1. Top Rank Boxing will be putting on the event, which will be shown on ESPN+ from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ramirez (11-1, 7 KO) is a product of Cuba's incredibly sophisticated amateur boxing system and won gold in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. So, much of the boxing public was shocked when he came up short in his professional debut. He’s rebounded well so far, but none of the names on his resume are on the level of Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe.

Dogboe (24-2, 15 KO) has also been on the comeback trail since losing two fights and his super bantamweight title to Emanuel Navarette in 2018 and 2019. The former titleholder won his next four fights, his last two coming over notable contenders Joet Gonzalez and Christopher Diaz.

The winner of Saturday’s matchup will be added into a group of beltholders that includes Rey Vargas (WBC), Mauricio Lara (WBA) and Luis Alberto Lopez (IBF)—all from Mexico incidentally. So, lucrative unification bouts could be waiting for either Ramirez or Dogboe.

Fighter’s Form (last 5 fights):

Robeisy Ramirez

Jose Matias Romero - WIN by UD (80-71, 80-71, 80-71) - 29/10/2022

Abraham Nova - WIN by KO 5 - 18/06/2022

Eric Donovan - WIN by TKO 3 - 26/02/2022

Orlando Gonzalez - WIN by UD (99-91, 99-91, 97-93) - 09/10/2021

Ryan Lee Allen - WIN by UD (60-53, 60-53, 59-54) - 10/02/2019

Isaac Dogboe

Joet Gonzalez - WIN by SD (96-94, 96-94, 94-96) - 23/07/2022

Christopher Diaz - WIN by MD (97-93, 96-94, 95-95) - 11/20/2021

Adam Lopez - WIN by MD (97-93, 96-94, 95-95) - 19/06/2021

Chris Avalos - WIN by TKO 8 - 21/07/2020

Emanuel Navarette - LOSS by TKO 12 - 11/05/2019

Event Information:

Date: April 1st, 2023

Time: 3 am (GMT), 7pm (PT), 10pm (ET)

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Channel: ESPN+

Elsewhere on the card

In the co-main event, former title challenger Joet Gonzalez (25-3, 15 KO) will meet Enrique Vivas (22-2, 11 KO) in a 10-round featherweight contest. Also featured in an 8-round bout will be junior middleweights Jahi Tucker (9-0, 5 KO) and Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (8-1, 6 KO).

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