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Robeisy Ramirez

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Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana was born in Cienfuegos on 20 December 1993 and started boxing at the age of 10 in a country where more than 13,000 boxers are registered under the age of 13. The young Ramirez shined at schoolboy level and fast-tracked into the national squad in 2009 to compete at junior level.

The fledgling talent competed in his first international event at the 2009 Panamerican Junior Championships in Quito where he triumphed over Dominican Republic's Juan Yonelvi Medina in the gold medal contest. His main event of the year was the AIBA Junior World Championships in Yerevan where he claimed a bronze medal following his loss against Belarus' Ivan Baranchik in the semi-final. Since then his European opponent has also reached world class level and will be expecting great results in the next Olympic era.

In 2010, Ramirez continued his winning ways at the Panamerican Youth Championships in Santo Domingo where he defeated another Dominican boxer, Dagoberto Aguero, in the final of the tournament. Later on Ramirez started with a close contest against Kazakhstan's Ruslan Madiyev at the AIBA Youth World Championships but following that victory by overwhelming all of his rivals in Baku. In the gold medal contest Ramirez stopped India's Shiva Thapa and qualified for the first Youth Olympic Games.

Robeisy Ramirez competed in his first elite tournament just before the Youth Olympic Games and defeated no other than India's Shiva Thapa in the final. Following his historical gold medal in Singapore, Ramirez dominated the national elite events and was selected in the Cuban national team last year.

He won twice at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku but lost to Russia's eventual winner Misha Aloian in a close contest but those performances were enough to see him qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games before his 18th birthday. Panamerican Games winner Ramirez was meticulous in his preparations for the Games and travelled to the British capital as one of the dark horses for the title.

The young Cuban star opened his account at the Olympic Games against Japan’s Asian Games bronze medallist Katsuaki Susa in the London ExCel Arena and defeated his experienced rival by a large margin of points. Following his amazing performance the Cuban hero eliminated another tough Asian boxer, Olympic Test Event winner Chatchai Butdee of Thailand and advanced to the last eight.

In the quarter-finals, he faced top favourite Andrew Selby and unexpectedly Ramirez triumphed over his British rival as he guaranteed himself a minimum bronze. He continued his winning streak as he eliminated Ireland’s Michael Conlan in the semi-final before claiming the gold medal with a narrow victory over Mongolia’s Tugstsogt Nyambayar.

The 18-year-old Ramirez has a real bright future ahead of him and many expect to see him follow in the footsteps of Laszlo Papp, Teofilo Stevenson and Felix Savon and win three Olympic titles.

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