Boxer of the week 5 – Robeisy Ramirez (Cuba Domadores)

As London 2012 Olympic Champion and WSB Season IV Team Champion, there is no doubt as to the pedigree of Cuba Domadores’ Robeisy Ramirez in the ring. During Week 5 of Season VI, his display against China Dragons’ Wang Long once again showcased all that is great about this unique team event, emphatically putting the Cubans into a commanding 2-0 lead away from home and earning himself the WSB Boxer of the Week award.

Born in Cienfuegos in 1993, Ramirez, like many Cubans, started boxing from a young age. First donning the gloves at just ten years old, six years later in his first international event, the American Confederation Junior Championships in Ecuador, he won the gold medal and set off on a path that has taken him to the very top of the sport.

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In 2010, Ramirez twice defeated India’s Shiva Thapa to win both the 2010 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Baku and then the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore. Two years later he was again representing his country, this time at the elite Olympic level at London 2012, and after powering past home favourite Andrew Selby and Ireland’s Michael Conlan, the 17 year-old Ramirez went all the way to win a remarkable gold medal.

Moving up to the bantamweight class, the young Cuban won the 2013 AMBC American Confederation Boxing Championships in Santiago de Chile and helped the Domadores WSB Franchise win a superb Team title in their first year in the competition. Similarly dominant in Season V when the Domadores were the losing finalists, Ramirez has begun Season VI with the same intensity, landing inescapable double jabs against Wang Long during Week 5 and helping his team complete a comprehensive 5-0 whitewash in China.

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