Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Robeisy Ramirez to Make Pro Debut with Top Rank

By Natalie Zamudio May 27, 2019
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robesiy Ramirez has signed a multi-year contract with Top Rank. The 25-year-old southpaw is expected to make his professional debut later this year.

Ramirez, who defected from Cuba last year, currently resides in Gulfport, Florida, and will train under Rob Mendez. Looking to compete as a featherweight, Ramirez is now on the same playing field and in the same promotion as Shakur Stevenson and Michael Conlan, boxers who Ramirez defeated during his gold-winning runs in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games.

"What a gift to sign a two-time Olympic gold medalist like Robeisy Ramirez," said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. "The last two-time gold medalist that we signed out of the amateurs, Vasiliy Lomachenko, has become a big star. We anticipate the same from Robesiy. He is truly a special talent, and he has what it takes to get to the top of the featherweight division in short order."

In addition to besting Conlan in the 2012 Olympic flyweight semifinals, and Stevenson in the 2016 bantamweight finals, Ramirez also owns five Cuban National Championships and a gold medal from the 2011 Pan Americans Games.

"I am thrilled to begin my professional career with Top Rank. This moment is the result of all the hard work, dedication and sacrifice I have made since my days as an amateur boxer in Cuba," Ramirez said. "I look forward to continuing the successes I had at the amateur level in the professional ranks, and my fighting style will keep the fans entertained. Thank you to Bob Arum and Top Rank for giving me this great opportunity."

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