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Ultiminio Ramos (December 2, 1941 – September 3, 2017) was a Cuban-Mexican boxer who was better known as Sugar Ramos. Ramos fought out of Mexico where he was adopted as a national hero. He was a World Featherweight champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Sugar Ramos
Real nameUltiminio Ramos Zaqueira
Height5′ 4½″ / 164cm
Reach64½″ / 164cm
NationalityCuba Cuban
Mexico Mexican
Born(1941-12-02)2 December 1941
Matanzas, Cuba
Died3 September 2017(2017-09-03) (aged 75)
Mexico City, Mexico
Boxing record
Total fights66
Wins by KO40
No contests0



Ramos won the Cuban Featherweight championship belt in 1960 and then fled to Mexico City when Fidel Castro came into power.

Famous boutsEdit

In Mexico, Ultiminio "Sugar" Ramos built his historical career. On March 21, 1963, Ramos had a bout scheduled at Dodger Stadium. On that day, Ramos severely beat Davey Moore. In the 10th round, Moore was knocked down. Four days later, Moore died from injuries sustained to his brain stem.

This was similar to Ramos' twelfth professional fight in which Jose Blanco died from injuries sustained in the fight.

Retirement and deathEdit

Ramos lost his title in 1964 to Vicente Saldivar and never won a title again, losing two title challenges to Carlos Ortiz at lightweight.[1] He continued boxing until 1972. He died at the age of 75 on September 3, 2017.[2][3]


His record was 55 wins (40 KO's) 7 losses, and 4 Draws.

  • He was elected into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992 as both "Ultiminio Ramos" and "Sugar Ramos"—apparently as two different boxers.

See alsoEdit

Cultural referencesEdit

Bob Dylan wrote a song about the event where Davey Moore succumbed to death while posing the question of public responsibility. It is titled "Who Killed Davey Moore?" and was also sung by Pete Seeger. Phil Ochs wrote a song titled "Davey Moore" [1] which told the story of Davey Moore's death and placed the guilt on the managers and the boxing "money men" as well as boxing fans.
A tribute to Davey Moore is also made by the New Zealander and French writer and singer Graeme Allwright Wikipedia via his song Qui a tué Davy Moore (see Graeme_Allwright site)

Preceded by
Davey Moore
WBA Featherweight Champion
March 21, 1963 – September 26, 1964
Succeeded by
Vicente Saldivar
Inaugural Champion WBC Featherweight Champion
March 21, 1963 – September 26, 1964
Succeeded by
Vicente Saldivar
Preceded by
Davey Moore
Lineal Featherweight Champion
March 21, 1963 – September 26, 1964
Succeeded by
Vicente Saldivar


  1. ^ "Boxrec".
  2. ^ "Cuban-Mexican Legend Sugar Ramos passes away aged 75 - The Boxing Hype". Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  3. ^ Fallece leyenda del box, Ultiminio Ramos, a los 75 años Archived 2017-09-04 at the Wayback Machine‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)

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