Cuban two-time Olympic gold medalist Robisse “El Train” Ramirez will cross the pond to battle veteran Irishman Eric Donovan in a 10-round featherweight fight on Saturday, February 26 at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ramirez Donovan shines the spotlight on a loaded bottom card ahead of the highly anticipated junior welterweight showdown between Scotland’s undisputed world champion Josh “Tartan Tornado” Taylor and WBO’s number one undefeated contender Jack “El Gato” Caterall.
The entire Taylor-Catterall ticket will be broadcast live and exclusively in the US on ESPN+.
“Since that shocking loss to his professional debut, Rubizzi Ramirez has shown why he is one of the best fighters at the 2016 Rio Olympics,” said Bob Arum, President of Top Rank. “Robeisy has fought all over the world during his career, and we are delighted that he will be able to showcase his skills to Scottish fans.”
Ramirez (8-1, 4 KOs) is no stranger to fighting on British soil. At the 2012 London Olympics, he stunned the flyweight field as a 16-1 loser to win the gold medal. Ramirez won his second gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and defected from Cuba in July 2018.
After defeating a split decision by Adan Gonzales on his August 2019 debut, Ramirez won eight straight fights, including the decision to lock down Gonzales in the 2020 rematch. Ramirez starred on Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder 3 card last October, as he dominated Orlando Gonzalez, who was unbeaten over 10 rounds. Donovan (14-1, 8 KOs), a one-time Irish amateur star from Athey, has won two fights since losing a TKO in August 2020 to Zelva Barrett.
Ramirez said: “Since I won my first Olympic gold in London, I’ve wanted to fight again in this part of the world. Scottish fans are incredibly excited, and I can’t wait to put in a great show for them in front of an out-of-stock arena. My opponent is strong Irish, I will be at my best to emerge victorious.”
In other bottom card actions on ESPN+:
- Nick ‘The Glasgow Warrior’ Campbell (4-0, 4 KO’s) and Jay ‘The Ghost’ McFarlane (12-5, 5 KO’s) will clash in a highly anticipated showdown for the vacant Scottish heavyweight title.
- A pair of top-rated leads will make their professional debut in six rounds. Featherweight Kurt Walker won bronze at the 2017 European Championships, silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and gold at the 2018 European Championships and 2019 European Games. Walker, who represented Ireland last summer at the Tokyo Olympics, lost to teammate Duke Ragan in a bout Quarter-finals are very competitive. Kieran Molloy, junior middleweight, of Galway Ireland, won 11 amateur national titles and took a bronze medal at the 2018 European Championships in Valladolid, Spain.
- First-tier signed welterweight Buddy “The Real Deal” Donovan (7-0, 5 KOs), of Limerick, Ireland, is back on the court by six laps. Donovan was eliminated by a first-round knockout last August over Jose Luis Castillo.
- BOXXER Junior welterweight winner Corey Gibbs (16-0, 3 KOs) will start his new promotional deal in an eight-round game.
Rising star Ebony Jones (1-0) fights her second professional fight against Effie Kathupoli over the course of six rounds at junior featherweight. Portsmouth’s Jones, a former senior GB amateur and HGV driver in the British Army, made her debut last October with a points victory over Vaida Masiokaite.
- Scott Forrest, an Ice Cruiser of Edinburgh, sets off on his professional journey when he makes his debut in a six-round competition. Born in South Africa, Forrest moved to Forth, Scotland, when he was five years old. Take part in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and compete with the former heavyweight champion