News | Jul 08 2018

Robeisy Ramirez defects from Cuban boxing team

Where's Robeisy? One of the most exciting prospects in the world, Robeisy Ramirez could be making his way to the professional sport, writes John Dennen
Robeisy Ramirez
Boxing - Men's Bantam (56kg) Final Bout 268  |  Action Images/Peter Cziborra

ONE of the most exciting additions to professional boxing could be making his way to the sport. Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez has defected from his national team. The Cuban Sports Institute said that Ramirez had left the squad during a training camp in Mexico according to a Reuters report, “turning his back” on his teammates. “Attitudes like this are far from our values and the discipline that characterizes our sport,” it said.

Cuban boxers are not permitted to compete professionally, even though they do put a side into the quasi-pro league the World Series of Boxing, administered by AIBA.

Ramirez is one of the most gifted boxers in the amateur sport. He is a two-time, two-weight Olympic gold medallist. He dazzled at London 2012, winning gold when he was just 18 years old and along the way beating outstanding flyweights Andrew Selby and Michael Conlan.