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Sugar Ramos
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    (December 2, 1941-September 3, 2017)
    Born in Matanzas, Cuba
    Birth name was Ultiminio Ramos
    55 wins (40 by knockout), 7 losses, 4 draws
    WBA and WBC Flyweight Champion (March 21, 1963-September 26, 1964)
    Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (2001)
    He lied about his age to turn pro at 15.
    He hired a hunchbacked valet for good luck.
    Jose Blanco died after being knocked out by Ramos in the eighth round (1958).
    His opponent for the flyweight title, Davey Moore, died of a brain injury two days after the fight.
    He complained, ‘It was my night, my glory, I won fair and square. Then he dies and nobody remembers that Ramos fought a good fight and won.’
    He claimed that while jogging as training for a later bout, he heard footsteps behind him but did not see anyone following him when he turned around. He concluded the footsteps were from Moore’s ghost.
    He defected from Cuba to Mexico after Fidel Castro took power.
    His trainer, Angelo Dundee, called his successful title defense against Floyd Robertson (May 9, 1964) one of the five greatest fights he had seen, up there with Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s ‘Rumble in the Jungle.’
    The autopsy on Moore concluded that the fatal injury had not been caused by a punch; instead, in what a doctor called ‘a million to one’ accident, the base of Moore’s head struck against the bottom ring rope as he fell, causing fatal swelling of the brain stem.
    He said about Moore’s death, ‘I want to be champion of the world, but not at this price.’
    He traveled from Mexico City to Moore’s hometown of Springfield, Ohio, to pay his respects when the city erected a statue in Moore’s honor (2013).

Credit: C. Fishel

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