Tonight’s Live Boxing Results: Robeisy Vs. Espinoza

Tonight’s Live Boxing Results: Robeisy Vs. Espinoza

Former Shakur Stevenson conqueror Robeisy Ramirez defends his WBO super featherweight title against his obscure opponent, Rafael Espinoza, tonight on ESPN. The talented Cuban Robeisy (13-1, 8 KOs) could emerge as one of the biggest stars at 126 next year with big fights ahead of him if he’s victorious tonight.

Live boxing & undercard results will be shown below.

  • Unbeaten light welterweight Rohan Polanco (11-0, 7 KOs) defeated Keith Hunter (15-2, 9 KOs) by a sixth round knockout. Polanco hurt Hunter with a right hand in the sixth and then flurried on him until the referee stepped in and halted the contest. Hunter reacted in anger at the stoppage, shoving the referee. He was still fighting back at the time of the stoppage, but he looked hurt.
  • Light welterweight prospect Tiger Johnson (11-0, 5 KOs) edged Jimmer Espinosa (15-2, 14 KOs), winning an eight round split decision. The judges scored it 78-74, 79-73 for the U.S Olympian Tiger, and 77-75 for Espinoza.
  • Undefeated heavyweight Damian Knyba (13-0, 7 KOs) defeated Michael Coffie (13-5, 10 KOs) by an eight round unanimous decision. The scores were 79-73, 80-72, and 80-72.

Junior middleweight Xander Zayas (17-0, 11 KO) takes on Jorge Fortea (24-3-1, 9 KO) in a ten round contest in tonight’s co-feature bout.

Main card on ESPN & ESPN+ at 10:00 p.m. ET

Robeisy Ramirez vs. Rafael EspinozaXander Zayas (vs. Jorge Fortea

Preliminary card at 5:40 p.m. ET on ESPN+

Bruce Carrington vs. Jason SanchezRichard Torrez Jr vs. Curtis HarperJahi Tucker vs. Francisco Daniel VeronRohan Polanco vs. Keith HunterTiger Johnson vs. Jimmer EspinosaDamian Knyba vs. Michael Coffie

In the main event, two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy (13-1, 8 KOs) faces #11 WBO Espinoza (21-0, 18 KOs) at the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida.  The Robeisy vs. Espinoza event will be shown on ESPN and ESPN+ at 10 pm ET.

Robeisy captured his WBO 126-lb belt last April, beating former super bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe by a twelve round decision. In first title defense, Robeisy stopped Satoshi Shimizu in the fifth round last July.

This is a fight where Robeisy cannot afford to fight at half speed like he did in his loss to Adan Gonzales in his pro debut in 2019. The 6’1″ Espinoza will have a huge eight-inch height advantage over Robeisy tonight, and he’ll be trying to use his size to pound away against the champion.

Tonight’s fight will be Robeisy’s third in 2023, making him one of the rare champions in the sport that is fighting three times in a year.

The likely rationale for Top Rank in keeping Robeisy busy is they want to turn him into a star quickly, and they won’t be able to do that if he fights on an annual basis like many of the less ambitious champions.

Robeisy’s age is another reason he’s being kept busy. He’s 29 now, and that’s not young for the lower weight classes. He’s clearly lost hand & foot speed since his amateur days.

You can see the difference in speed from Robeisy’s performance against Shakur Stevenson in the 2016 Olympic final compared to now. He’s a lot slower now and looks nothing like the guy who schooled Shakur.

Robeisy had Shakur looking like he didn’t know if he was coming or going. He was confused & helpless against the talented Cuban in that fight, crying like crazy afterward.

If you took that version of Robeisy and threw him in with anyone from 126 to 140, he’d win. Unfortunately, he’s slowed down so much that he’d have massive problems against the killers at 130, 135 & 140.

That said, Robeisy is still highly technical and has a lot of tools in his arsenal that set him ahead of the other featherweights in the division, but he’s definitely got to stay busy. If he keeps losing speed at the same rate he’s been since 2016, he’ll be out of the sport soon.

Once Robeisy gets Espinoza out of the way, he’s got some big fights available to him in 2024 against Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue and a unification clash against IBF featherweight champion Luis Alberto Lopez.

Inoue is fighting Marlon Tapales next on December 26th for the super bantamweight undisputed championship, and then he’s expected to vacate and come up to 126 to challenge Robeisy for his WBO belt.

 

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