Robeisy Ramirez eyes a second straight defense of his WBO featherweight title this weekend. Opposite the ring will be Rafael Espinoza, an undefeated challenger out of Mexico. It all takes place on Saturday, December 9 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Of course, all eyes will be on Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis, but this fight features a battle of two underrated featherweights. In what’s been an epic year for the sport, this featherweight title bout will take center stage as the main event for Top Rank Boxing.
Ramirez (13-1, 8 KOs) is an electric quick southpaw out of Cuba who has won his last 13 fights after dropping his debut back in 2019. Before his professional career, Ramirez was a standout amateur winning 85% of his bouts, as well as Olympic gold in 2012 and 2016. At 5’5” he may seem undersized but his left hook and overall punches pack some serious power.
Espinoza (21-0, 18 KOs) comes in with an unbeaten record and despite his lack of real competition, has ousted all of his opponents. In his last five bouts, he has walked away with a knockout win—his most recent being a 2nd-round KO of Ally Mwerangi.
Ramirez is a -1200 betting favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Espinoza is the underdog at +650 odds.
Robeisy Ramirez-Rafael Espinoza WBO featherweight title prediction
On paper, Espinoza is listed at 6’1” and will have a real advantage in height. He likes to use his length to outscore and beat his opponents to the punch. However, in Ramirez’ last bout he took on the 5’11” Satoshi Shimizu and had no problems scoring on the taller fighter. He eventually ended things after the ref called the bout in the fifth.
While Espinoza comes in undefeated, I don’t think he’s faced anyone with the power and ability to close the show like Ramirez. Similar to Tank Davis, both men may seem undersized in the ring but are able to make up with a sudden punch or two that truly sting their opponents. In his last five he has won four by knockout and in his lone decision win, he scored a knockdown of Issac Dogboe.
I like the southpaw Ramirez to overwhelm and walk away with the win this Saturday. Look for him to unleash his signature string of left hooks after attacking the body of Espinoza. Ramirez ends the show in the 8th round in a highly entertaining fight.