By Jim Amato
The city of Cleveland produced a world class light heavyweight in the late 1970′s and early 80′s.
Pablo “Paul” Ramos was a ranked contender and please remember this was a glorious era in the history of the light heavyweight division. There were so many great boxers competing for the world title.
For Ramos to be ranked among them is an honor in itself.
Paul was a celebrated amateur who once defeated future world heavyweight
champion Michael Dokes. Paul turned pro in 1976.
In 1977, competing in his sixth fight he stopped Mayfield Pennington. Later in the year Pennington would upset the great Emile Griffith. Also in 1977 Ramos would outscore undefeated Jerry “The Bull” Martin.
This was the same Martin who would later upset the highly touted James Scott
and would make three game but unsuccessful attempts to win the world’s light heavyweight title.
In 1978 Paul would beat the rugged Canadian Gary Summerhayes. In 1979, he would decision Bill “Dynamite” Douglas and in 1980 he would defeat the
respected Rudy Robles. Paul was now a rated fighter.
Ramos would lose his last two fights of 1980.He dropped a decision to tough Murray Sutherland for the USBA title and then was stopped by the dangerous Jerry Celestine. He would bounce back in 1981 with another victory over Robles and a disputed draw with Chisanda Mutti.
Paul would close the year by losing a points verdict to the highly rated Eddie Davis. On August 7, 1982 Paul would lose a ten rounder to former champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.It would be his last fight.
Paul had a total of 24 professional fights and ended with a fine record of 19-4-1. Paul scored eight knockouts. He was stopped only once.
Paul passed away a few years back but his career and legacy should not be forgotten.