Ramirez KOs Nova in Beterbiev-Smith co-feature


Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a clash for the USBA and WBO Global featherweight titles, two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (10-1, 6 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round knockout over previously unbeaten Abraham Nova (21-1, 15 KOs) in the Beterbiev-Smith co-feature on Saturday night at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Southpaw Ramirez outclassed Nova and laid him out with a crushing straight left hand. Time was 2:20.

“It was all about the strategy,” said Ramirez afterward. “I’m blessed to work with Ismael Salas, who is a genius in my corner. It really was about setting up that shot. If you watch the fight, it was about working, tapping the body until that opening was created. I knew he was dangerous, so I had to be careful, but when I saw my opening, I took it and I finished the fight.”


Other Results:
Unbeaten featherweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington (4-0, 3 KOs) was victorious when Adrian Leyva (3-3-1, 1 KO) couldn’t come out for round six due to a cut. One-sided fight.

Unbeaten welterweight Jahi Tucker (8-0, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over D’Andre Smith (10-2, 5 KOs). Tucker almost got the stop several times before he finally finished Smith. Time was 2:27.

In a clash between unbeaten super bantamweights, Floyd Diaz (5-0, 1 KO) outscored Daniil Platonovschi (4-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55. Diaz bravely fought despite the death of his grandfather earlier in the day.

Unbeaten U.S. Olympian middleweight Troy Isley (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a sixth round KO against Donte Stubbs (6-6, 2 KOs). Isley dropped Stubbs in round four and floored Stubbs again with a big right hand in round six. Time was :38.

Super welterweight Wendy Toussaint (14-1, 6 KOs) outpointed Asinia Byfield (15-5-1, 7 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 79-73 3x.

Unbeaten welterweight Jahyae Brown (11-0, 8 KOs) outpointed Keane McMahon (7-3, 4 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 60-54, 58-56, 58-56.

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  • That 60-54 call for Brown was disgraceful. Where do they find such judges? The 58-56 calls were rational.

  • That was very impressive. To do that to a naturally bigger opponent coming down in weight who had never loss before. That was very impressive.

    • He was in the ninjaman contest, wasn’t prepared right, I guess the same happened here!!!

    • Guy named Adan Gonzales. Dropped Ramirez in the fight as well. Ramirez won the rematch a year later and Gonzales now hasn’t fought in 2 years and his record is 5-4-2.

  • Nova just didn’t maintain foot position discipline during the fight. H never got outside the southpaw’s lead leg, and had the habit of leaning to his right directly into the line of fire! Really shocking for a guy who was supposed to be 21-0 with 15 knockouts!

    • On the other side, Ramirez had his lead foot on the outside of Nova’s when he delivered the knockout shot. Excellent footwork made that punch a finisher.

  • Was this for the WBO Global Gold, Silver, Platinum, Copper, Tin or Tin Foil Interim Championship?

    • In slight defense of the WBO, they tend to award their secondary belts to fighters in the top 15-ish that are legitimately on track to challenge for the world title.

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