By Allan Fox: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez and former WBO super bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno have reportedly agreed to fight in the co-main event on the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jamaine Ortiz in October on ESPN.
The talented 28-year-old Cuban Robeisy (10-1, 6 KOs) is stepping up in the competition by taking on the up-and-coming Magdaleno (29-1, 18 KOs), but he seems capable of passing the test.
Robeisy is coming off a fifth round knockout over the tough Abraham Nova last June at the Hula Theater in New York. That was a fight in which Robeisy showed his power by stopping the previously undefeated Nova (21-1, 15 KOs).
Robeisy’s win was the 10th in a row since his shocking fourth-round split decision loss to Adan Gonzales in his pro debut in August 2019. Robeisy would later avenge that loss by beating Gonzales by a six-round unanimous decision in 2o20. .
Magdaleno, 30, has won four fights in a row since losing his WBO 122-pound title to Isaac Dogboe via 11th-round knockout in April 2018. That was a fight Magdaleno was initially winning, but he ran out of gas after the fifth round and was eventually stopped by the tough Dogboe.
“The main support fight is scheduled to be a featherweight showdown between Robeisy Ramirez and Jessie Magdaleno, sources said, after the sides agreed to a deal,” said Mike Coppinger.
— Robeisy Ramirez (@RobeisyRamirez) August 17, 2022
Let’s see if Robeisy has the assets to capture a featherweight world title when she takes on the experienced Jessie Magdaleno.
This is a fight that Robeisy needs to win and look good doing so in order to be taken seriously as a future world champion at 126. Magdaleno is a good type of goalie opponent who could take Ramirez out of the picture if he fails to bring his A-game. .
So far, the Lomachenko vs. Jamaine Ortiz looks strong for October. It will be interesting to see if Top Rank adds another outstanding fight to the card.
Former three-division world champion Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) will fight for the first time in 2022 as he has been defending Ukraine from invasion.
Lomachenko wants to challenge undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney but must wait until he meets former champion George Kambosos Jr in a rematch on October 15 in Melbourne, Australia.
If both Haney and Lomachenko win their fights, they will meet early next year.