MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 9
TV: HBO Pay-Per-View
By Peter Lim
Just looking at Ramirez's stats, he could be the complete package; young, six-foot-two, southpaw and a pretty decent knockout percentage. But he has the right mix of flaws that a cagey veteran like Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) can and will exploit.
Experience trumps youth in what turns out to be a riveting crossroads battle.
The 24-year-old Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) starts strong and wins most of the early rounds using his superior reach to land the first and last punch of each exchange. But as the fight wears on, machismo gets the better of him as he abandons the jab allowing Abraham, 36, to catch him coming in with the straight right.
Both fighters trade furiously with Abraham scoring more to the head and Ramirez landing the better body shots. Abraham scores a late round knockdown to steal the decision by three identical scores of 114-113.
Every time I pick experience over youth, it blows up in my face. I've got to remind myself this is ultimately a young man's game.