Rico Ramos vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux

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Rigondeaux throws a left at Ramos.

2012-01-20 : Rico Ramos 122 lbs lost to Guillermo Rigondeaux 120½ lbs by KO at 1:29 in round 6 of 12


  • Rico Ramos 20-0 (11 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux 8-0 (6 KOs)
  • Ramos, a 3¼ to 1 betting underdog, entered as the #2 junior featherweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Rigondeaux was ranked #6 by the same publication.
  • The bout was originally scheduled for December 31, 2011 in Anaheim, California. It was to be a co-feature to an IBF light heavyweight title bout between champion Tavoris Cloud and Zsolt Erdei, but it was rescheduled when Erdei withdrew due to a hand injury. [1]
  • Rigondeaux landed 35 of 143 punches (24%), while Ramos connected on 15 of 114 (13%).
  • Among those in attendance were Floyd Mayweather Jr., Antonio Tarver, Andre Ward and baseball's Pete Rose.

Associated Press Report

Two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux stopped Rico Ramos at 1:29 of the sixth round to take the WBA super bantamweight title Friday night at The Palms in just his ninth professional fight, a record for fewest bouts en route to a major world title.

"I wanted to make history," Rigondeaux said. "I'm very happy and this is a historic moment."

The undefeated Cuban defector floored the overmatched Ramos with a straight right in the first round, had control throughout and ended it with a left hook to the body.

"I never thought it would be easy," Rigondeaux said. "Everyone at this level is tough."

In the sixth, Rigondeaux landed three consecutive straight right hands that backed Ramos up into a corner, then landed the devastating left hook to the body that sent Ramos to the canvas in visible pain.

"Every time I let my hands go, I hurt him," Rigondeaux said. "I knew he wasn't getting up from that shot."