Weekly Boxing Results October 7 2015
Benavidez, Argentina: Cruiser: Victor E Ramirez (22-2-1) DREW 12 Ovill McKenzie (25-12-1). Despite a career best effort McKenzie has to settle for a draw and Ramirez retains the IBF title. It seems strange to be talking about the clever boxing on the back foot by McKenzie and his jab being a dominant punch but the British fighter fought the right fight and stuck to his game plan. The pattern of the fight rarely varied. Ramirez was rumbling forward trying to cut down the ring and work McKenzie over on the ropes. McKenzie was using his jab both to score points, set Ramirez up for counters and to unsettle him and take away the Argentinian’s jab and it worked well. When Ramirez did trap McKenzie on the ropes he scored with clubbing shots to the head and those shots sometimes had McKenzie scrambling along the ropes to escape. In mid ring McKenzie was the more accurate but it was Ramirez’s shots which were the more eye-catching. After shaking Ramirez with a right in the second McKenzie certainly seemed to have built a lead by the half way mark with Ramirez landing big shots in the fourth and sixth but being outworked by McKenzie in those rounds. Ramirez had his best period in the middle rounds with McKenzie seeming to tire in the eighth but more than matching Ramirez over the closing rounds. It could be that by constantly trying to walk McKenzie down together with his aggression and clubbing shots when he had McKenzie on the ropes impressed the judges and home advantage was a big plus for Ramirez. McKenzie looked to have done enough to win whilst Ramirez looked lucky to escape with a home draw. The 31-year-old Ramirez “El Tyson del Abasto” certainly did not have one of his better nights and fought well below the level he showed in beating Ola Afolabi for the interim title in April. He was to have fought Yoan Pablo Hernandez for the full title but when Hernandez could not make the date due to injury he vacated and Ramirez was made full champion and this was his first defence of the title. McKenzie’s performance was an eye-opener. “The Upsetter” is more known for his robust style and battering opponents down rather than out boxing them. The 35-year-old Jamaican-born three-time CBC champion had only 11 days notice for the fight and stayed in London the Friday before the fight to received the prestigious Dennie Mancini trophy from the BBBofC. Right now Ramirez has no mandatory challenger as the first two positions in the IBF cruiserweight ratings are vacant so there is nothing to prevent him granting McKenzie the return he deserves. Not bad for a guy who was 5-6 in his first 11 fights.