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Victor Emilio Ramírez (born March 30, 1984) is an Argentine former professional boxer. He held the WBO cruiserweight title in 2009 and the IBF cruiserweight from 2015 to 2016. Ramírez announced his retirement in December 2016. He fought once at heavyweight in December 2017.

Victor Emilio Ramírez
Nickname(s)El Tyson del Abasto
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Born (1984-03-30) March 30, 1984 (age 35)
Ezeiza, Buenos Aires,
Boxing record
Total fights28
Wins by KO17
No contests1


Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Ramírez made his professional boxing debut at the age of 22 as a heavyweight on April 8, 2006, against 32-year-old Miguel Angel Pacheco at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ramírez won the fight via unanimous decision after four rounds. Ramírez then fought three times in the space of five months at the Club El Porvenir in San Miguel del Monte, Buenos Aires winning all fights inside the distance against Roberto Martinez, Jose Norberto Gomez and Mario Javier Moreno. Ramírez suffered his first defeat on his 7th fight in December 2006 against Sebastian Ignacio Ceballos via majority decision with judges scores of 56–59, 56–57 and 57½–57½.

Ramírez took six months out before returning in June 2007 against Claudio Carlos Roque Fernandez, who outweighed Ramírez by over 100 pounds. In a scheduled six round bout, the fight ended as no contest in round two as the ring crumbled by the weight of the boxers and the referee. Over the next year, Ramírez racked up a five fight win streak before winning his first title at cruiserweight against Mauro Adrian Ordiales (20–4, 19 KOs), retiring him after 11 rounds. Ramírez claimed the vacant South American cruiserweight title with the win. His next fight in December 2008, Ramírez retained the title and won the vacant WBO Latino cruiserweight title with a 2nd round knockout off Hector Ricardo Sotelo. Sotelo was down twice in the 1st round & once in the 2nd round.

WBO cruiserweight championEdit

Ramírez vs. AlekseyevEdit

Ramírez fought the undefeated Aleksandr Alekseyev (16–0, 15 KOs) at the Burg-Waechter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany, on January 17, 2009, for the vacant interim WBO world cruiserweight title. Alekseyev entered as the WBO # 2 cruiserweight contender, while Ramírez entered as the WBO # 7 cruiserweight contender. Alekseyev's corner threw in the towel after round 9, giving Ramírez his first world title.[1]

Ramírez vs. IsmailovEdit

Ramírez was promoted to full title holder and made his first defence against 35 year old Ali Ismailov in May 2009 in his native Argentina. In a fight were no knockdowns occurred, Ramírez retained his world title via split decision. Two judges scored it for Ramírez at 116–112 and 115–113 and one judge had it for Ismailov 115–113.[2]

Ramírez vs. HuckEdit

It was announced that Ramírez would make his second defence on August 29, 2009, against former IBF world title challenger Marco Huck (25–1, 20 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Germany.[3][4] Huck won the WBO cruiserweight title via a unanimous decision with two judges scoring it 116–111 and the third judge scoring it 115–112. Huck had a point deducted in round 12 following repeated low blows. Ramírez loudly disapproved of Huck claiming victory when the final bell sounded, and disagreed with the verdict. Huck went on to defend the title a record equalling 13 times.[5][6]

Comeback in 2013Edit

Ramírez returned to boxing at the age of 28 in December 2013 in Argentina against Thabiso Mogale (14–13–2, 9 KOs) in a scheduled four round fight, winning via first round knockout.[7]

IBF Latino cruiserweightEdit

In his next fight in January 2014, Ramírez won a 10 round unanimous decision (100–90, 100–90, 98–92) to win the vacant IBF Latino cruiserweight title.[8] Ramírez successfully defended the title four times in 2014, winning all the fights inside the distance. At the end of 2014, his record was 21 wins, 2 losses with 17 wins by way of knockout.

IBF cruiserweight championEdit

Ramírez vs. AfolabiEdit

With successive defences of the Latino title, Ramírez climbed the IBF rankings earning him a fight for the interim IBF cruiserweight title against Ola Afolabi (21–3–4, 10 KOs). The fight took place on April 10, 2015, at the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club in Benavídez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The winner would then go on to fight IBF champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez, who was nursing an elbow injury.[9][10] The went the full 12 round distance as Ramírez became a two time world champion with the judges scoring it 115–111, 115–111 and 116–111 in his favour. Afolabi appeared to win the seventh and ninth rounds, and perhaps the tenth, outworking Ramírez technically to some degree. After issuing Afolabi two warnings for low blows, referee Pete Podgorski penalized Afolabi two points in the eleventh round for a flagrant low blow. Without the two point deduction, Afolabi had to win one more round for the fight to end in a majority draw.[11]


In June 2015, it was finally announced that Ramírez would fight full IBF champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez in Argentina on July 25. The fight was postponed to a future date in September.[12][13] In September, Ramírez was made full titleholder after the IBF stripped Hernandez, declining him a chance to reschedule the fight for a second time. Hernandez hadn't defended the title in 13 months.[14][15]

Ramírez vs. McKenzieEdit

On September 22, it was confirmed that Ramírez would make his first defence of his IBF title against journeyman Ovill McKenzie (25–12, 13 KOs) on October 2 in Buenos Aires. McKenzie was on a four fight unbeaten run.[16] Ramírez retained his world title after the fight ended in a split decision draw after 12 rounds in a fight many thought McKenzie had done enough to win. Promoter Frank Warren said he believed McKenzie deserves an immediate rematch. In the post fight interviews, McKenzie said, "The only thing that's bruised on me is my hands and my faith in the IBF." One judge had the fight 114–114, while the other two had it 115–113 for either fighter.[17][18][19]

Ramírez vs. LebedevEdit

Following the draw against McKenzie, Ramírez quickly began pursuing a unification match against WBA champion Denis Lebedev. It was announced the fight would take place on April 20, 2016, in Moscow. The fight was later rescheduled for May 21 and supposed to be a co-feature with WBC heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin, until it was cancelled when Povetkin tested positive for drugs.[20][21] Ramírez was no match for Lebedev in losing in just two rounds. Lebedev put Ramírez down in the 2nd round after a fairly even first round. Lebedev finished Ramírez off with a flurry of shots that had him turning his back to Lebedev at one point before it was halted. The fight was stopped at 1:57 of the round by referee Steve Smoger.[22][23]

Temporary retirementEdit

On December 27, 2016, Ramírez announced his retirement from boxing. Citing that he no longer had motivation, "I do not want to come back to the ring to fight. I got tired of training and having to lose weight. No more."[24]


Ramírez fought at the China show in Beijing, China on December 18, 2018 against undefeated Chinese heavyweight contender Zhang Junlong (17-0, 17 KOs). Junlong's WBA Oceania title was at stake. Zhang put Ramírez down twice with vicious body shots. He was badly hurt and never get up. Referee Ferlin Marsh stopped the one-sided fight at 1:36 in the opening round. This was the sixth WBA Oceania heavyweight title defence for Zhang, who knocked out all the challengers in one or two rounds.[25]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
28 fights 22 wins 4 losses
By knockout 17 2
By decision 5 2
Draws 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
28 Loss 22–4–1 (1)   Zhang Junlong KO 1 (12), 1:36 2017-12-18   China Show, Beijing, China For WBA Oceania heavyweight title
27 Loss 22–3–1 (1)   Denis Lebedev TKO 2 (12), 1:57 2016-05-21   Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow Lost IBF cruiserweight title
For WBA Cruiserweight title
26 Draw 22–2–1 (1)   Ovill McKenzie SD 12 2015-10-02   Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavídez, Buenos Aires Retained IBF cruiserweight title
25 Win 22–2 (1)   Ola Afolabi UD 12 2015-04-10   Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavídez, Buenos Aires Won Interim IBF cruiserweight title
24 Win 21–2 (1)   Deon Elam KO 2 (10), 3:00 2014-10-31   Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo, San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina Retained IBF Latino cruiserweight title
23 Win 20–2 (1)   Cleiton Conceicao KO 4 (10), 1:17 2014-07-19   Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavídez, Buenos Aires Retained IBF Latino cruiserweight title
22 Win 19–2 (1)   Glendy Hernández TKO 4 (10), 0:37 2014-03-21   Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavídez, Buenos Aires Retained IBF Latino cruiserweight title
21 Win 18–2 (1)   Danny Santiago TKO 4 (10), 1:40 2014-01-31   Piso de los Deportes, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Retained IBF Latino cruiserweight title
20 Win 17–2 (1)   Mariano Rubén Díaz Strunz UD 10 2014-01-04   Piso de los Deportes, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Won vacant IBF Latino cruiserweight title
19 Win 16–2 (1)   Thabiso Mogale TKO 1 (4) 2013-12-21   Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavídez, Buenos Aires
18 Loss 15–2 (1)   Marco Huck UD 12 2009-08-29   Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, North Rhine-Westphalia Lost WBO cruiserweight title
17 Win 15–1 (1)   Ali Ismailov SD 12 2009-05-16   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires Retained WBO cruiserweight title
16 Win 14–1 (1)   Aleksandr Alekseyev RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2009-01-17   Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia Won interim WBO cruiserweight title
15 Win 13–1 (1)   Hector Ricardo Sotelo TKO 2 (12), 0:32 2008-12-04   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires WBO Latino/South America cruiserweight title
14 Win 12–1 (1)   Mauro Adrian Ordiales RTD 11 (12), 2:58 2008-08-30   CEDEM #2, Caseros, Buenos Aires Won vacant South America Cruiserweight Title
13 Win 11–1 (1)   Mauro Adrian Ordiales MD 6 2008-05-10   Club Huracan, Tres Arroyos, Buenos Aires
12 Win 10–1 (1)   Ivan Carlos Protti TKO 4 (6), 2:29 2008-02-23   Club Social y Deportivo Mar de Ajo, Mar de Ajo, Buenos Aires
11 Win 9–1 (1)   Adolfo Obando TKO 2 (6), 1:42 2007-12-14   Polideportivo Municipal Carlos Cerutti, Cordoba
10 Win 8–1 (1)   Cesar Dario Heredia TKO 1 (4), 2:30 2007-08-18   Club Tomas de Rocamora, Concepcion del Uruguay, Entre Rios
9 Win 7–1 (1)   Miguel Angel Morales RTD 2 (6), 3:00 2007-07-21   Club Estudiantes, Santa Rosa, La Pampa
8 NC 6–1 (1)   Claudio Carlos Roque Fernandez NC 2 (6) 2007-06-08   Escuela #6, Bolivar, Buenos Aires The ring gave way by the weight of the boxers and the referee
7 Loss 6–1   Sebastian Ignacio Ceballos MD 6 2006-12-22   Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires
6 Win 6–0   Fernando Sebastian Santander KO 1 (6) 2006-11-24   Club Tomas de Rocamora, Concepcion del Uruguay, Entre Rios
5 Win 5–0   Ivan Carlos Protti TKO 1 (4) 2006-10-14   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires
4 Win 4–0   Mario Javier Moreno TKO 1 (4) 2006-09-15   Club El Porvenir, Monte, Buenos Aires
3 Win 3–0   Jose Norberto Gomez TKO 2 (4), 2:51 2006-07-14   Club Social y Recreativo Curuzu, Curuzu Cuatia, Corrientes Province
2 Win 2–0   Roberto Martinez TKO 2 (4), 1:30 2006-05-19   Club El Porvenir, Monte, Buenos Aires
1 Win 1–0   Miguel Angel Pacheco UD 4 2006-04-08   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires


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Title last held by
Enzo Maccarinelli
WBO cruiserweight champion
Interim title

January 17, 2009 – February 2009
Title next held by
Ola Afolabi
Title last held by
David Haye
WBO cruiserweight champion
February 2009 – August 29, 2009
Succeeded by
Marco Huck
New title IBF cruiserweight champion
Interim title

April 12, 2015 – September 21, 2015
Preceded by
Yoan Pablo Hernández
IBF cruiserweight champion
September 21, 2015 – May 21, 2016
Succeeded by
Denis Lebedev