Rafael Espinoza will provide Robeisy Ramirez with literally the tallest order of his career.
Where the 6’1” featherweight plans to truly make it count rather than the stat sheet is in the ring.
“Robeisy brings the world championship experience but I promise he has never seen anyone like me before,” a humble yet confident Espinoza insisted to BoxingScene.com.
Their scheduled twelve-round, WBO featherweight title fight headlines an ESPN-televised doubleheader this Saturday from Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
It will mark the first title fight and just the third stateside appearance for Espinoza (21-0, 18KOs), a baby-faced but vicious-hitting 29-year-old featherweight from Guadalajara. Despite being abnormally tall for the division, Espinoza does not struggle in the least bit to make weight.
“I actually make 126 quite easily. My body has been good to me from my very first fight,” noted Espinoza, who has never weighed more than 130 pounds through ten years as a pro. “I’ve never struggled to make weight. I’ve always been able to make weight easily.”
It has shown in the natural strength he carries in his fights; a five-fight knockout streak precedes his title challenge. They’ve come versus opposition several notches below a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and reigning major titleholder in Ramirez (13-1, 8KOs), a gifted Cuban southpaw who is arguably the best featherweight in the world.
Espinoza will get to enter the ring as the tallest featherweight at least on the current title stage. He’s less interested in that headline than the ones that mentions him as the winner and new champion.
“I faced a lot of southpaws earlier in my career. They didn’t give me any problems when I was coming up through the ranks,” noted Espinoza. “Obviously, Robeisy is many levels above those fighters but I won’t allow his style to give me any problems when we are in the ring.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. X (formerly Twitter): @JakeNDaBox