What was supposed to be a formality turned into the stunning upset as featherweight Adan Gonzales spoiled the pro debut of Robeisy Ramirez. The shocker of the past weekend took place at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia and is a reminder that in boxing, records mean nothing.
Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) can into the contest an underdog to the two-time Cuban Gold medalist, but the Denver native wasn’t a complete unknown. He has been on several televised cards from Top Rank before the one that aired on ESPN+ last night just not recently.
The tape on him you may come across is from back to back super bantamweight contests against Jose “Chocolatito” Gonzalez that took place in 2017 and 2018. The first match ended in a majority draw in December, while Chocolatito won the second match by majority decision. It’s not new tape and maybe on VHS, but the only other fight he had before last night was a busy card at the Jeffco Fairgrounds in Colorado six weeks ago.
The broadcast had spotlighted Ramirez and how he defected from Cuba. They also mentioned how he made history at the 2012 London Olympics when, at the age of 18, he became the youngest men’s Olympic boxing champion in 32 years.
This debut for Ramrez would be his rude awakening into the professional ranks.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) August 11, 2019
Once the bell rang on this four-rounder, Gonzales was in control of this fight not only to the confusion of Ramirez but also the ESPN+ broadcast. Gonzales was able to knock Ramirez down with a left in the first 30 seconds of the fight. After the battle, Ramirez stated that it was a slip and was confused by the count he was given. Everyone watching the match will tell that he slipped into a get off me left that started referee Gary Rosato’s count. From there, it seemed like Ramirez was not ready for what Gonzales had to offer in the ring.
After four rounds, the judges despite their best efforts, got the victor right, and that was for Adan Gonzales by a split decision. One judge scored it 38-37 for Ramirez, which is why boxing fans and media will continue to give judges such a hard time with scoring like that. Gonzales echoed this in the ring after the fight.
“When they announced a split decision, I knew I better have won that fight, or something would have seriously been wrong,” Gonzales said after the fight.
Nothing wrong here, just an ordinary upset of a heralded sought after prospect and Two-time Gold medalist. Let us all welcome back on television, Adan Gonzales.