FORMER world featherweight champion Sugar Ramos, real name Ultiminio Ramos, has died at the age of 75 after a long fight from cancer.
One of the first victims of the professional boxing ban in Cuba, Ramos moved to Mexico – where he later became an idol – to escape the communist regime of Fidel Castro in 1961. Two years later he challenged Davey Moore for the WBA and WBC featherweight titles, and it is the tragic outcome of that bout that became Ramos’ unwanted claim to fame.
Moore – who had reportedly resisted defending his titles against Ramos such was his respect for the man – was stopped at the end of the 10th round at the Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium after his manager asked the referee, George Latika, to halt the contest. In the dressing room after the contest Moore was initially in good spirits. “I’ll take the rematch, you better believe it,” he told reporters. “You guys know that when I’m right nothing gets to me. Not nothing. I was off. That’s it, plain and simple.”