Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez will cross the pond to defeat Irish veteran Eric Donovan in a 10-round featherweight fight on Saturday, February 26 at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ramirez-Donovan highlights a charged undercard for the highly anticipated showdown between Scottish undisputed world champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor and undefeated WBO No. 1 contender Jack “El Gato” Catterall.
The full Taylor-Catterall map will be streamed live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+.
“Since that shocking loss on his professional debut, Robeisy Ramirez has shown why he was one of the best fighters of the 2016 Rio Olympics,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Robeisy has fought all over the world during his amateur career and we are delighted to be able to show his skills to the Scottish fans.”
Ramirez (8-1, 4 KO’s) is no stranger to fighting on British soil. At the 2012 London Olympics, he stunned the flyweight field as a 16-1 underdog to win gold. Ramirez won a second gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and left Cuba in July 2018. After a split decision defeat to Adan Gonzales in his pro debut in August 2019, Ramirez has won eight straight fights, including a shutout win over Gonzales. in their 2020 Rematch. Ramirez shone on the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III undercard last October, dominating previously undefeated Orlando Gonzalez over 10 rounds. Donovan (14-1, 8 KOs), a one-time Irish amateur star from Athy, has won two fights since an August 2020 TKO loss to Zelfa Barrett.
Ramirez said: “Ever since I won my first Olympic gold medal in London, I’ve wanted to fight in this part of the world again. Scottish fans are incredibly passionate and I can’t wait to put on an amazing show for them. a sold-out arena. My opponent is a tough Irishman and I will do my best to emerge victorious.”
In other undercard action on ESPN+:
Nick ‘The Glasgow Warrior’ Campbell (4-0, 4 KOs) and Jay ‘The Ghost’ McFarlane (12-5, 5 KOs) will clash in a highly anticipated showdown for the vacant Scottish heavyweight title.
A pair of Top Rank signed prospects will make their respective professional debuts in six-rounders. Featherweight Kurt Walker won bronze at the 2017 European Championships, silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and gold at the 2018 EU Championships and the 2019 European Games. Walker, who represented Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, lost to top stable mate Duke Ragan in a hard-fought quarterfinal battle. Junior middleweight Kieran Molloy, from Galway, Ireland, won 11 national amateur titles and took a bronze medal at the 2018 EU Championships in Valladolid, Spain.
Top Rank signed welterweight sensation Paddy “Real Deal” Donovan (7-0, 5 KOs), of Limerick, Ireland, returns to action in a six-rounder. Donovan comes out of last August’s first round knockout over Jose Luis Castillo.
BOXXER Series junior welterweight winner Cori Gibbs (16-0, 3 KOs) will kick off his new promotional deal in an eight-rounder.
Rising female star Ebonie Jones (1-0) has her second six-round pro fight against Effy Kathopouli at junior featherweight. Jones of Portsmouth, a former outstanding amateur and truck driver for Team GB in the British Army, made her pro debut last October with a points win over Vaida Masiokaite.
Edinburgh cruiserweight ace Scott Forrest begins his professional journey when he makes his pro debut in a six round bout. Born in South Africa, Forrest moved to Forth, Scotland at the age of five. He competed in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and has sparred with former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.