Sugar Ramos

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Sugar Ramos
Real name Ultiminio Ramos Zaqueira
Nickname(s) Sugar
Rated at Featherweight
Height 5′ 4½″ / 164cm
Reach 64½″ / 164cm
Nationality Cuba Cuban
Mexico Mexican
Born (1941-12-02) December 2, 1941 (age 73)
Matanzas, Cuba
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 66
Wins 55
Wins by KO 40
Losses 7
Draws 4
No contests 0

Ultiminio Ramos (born December 2, 1941, in Matanzas, Cuba) is a Cuban-Mexican boxer who is better known as Sugar Ramos. Ramos fought out of Mexico where he was adopted as a national hero. He is a former featherweight champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


He won the Cuban Featherweight championship belt in 1960 and then fled to Mexico City when Fidel Castro came into power.

Famous bouts[edit]

In Mexico, Ultiminio "Sugar" Ramos built his historical career. On March 21, 1963, Ramos had a bout scheduled at Dodger Stadium. On that day, Ramos severely beat Davey Moore. In the 10th round, Moore was knocked down. His head bounced off the bottom rope, and then hit the canvas. Four days later, Moore died from injuries sustained to his brain stem.

This was similar to Ramos' twelfth professional fight in which Jose Blanco died from injuries sustained in the fight. Ramos was criticized.


Ramos lost his title in 1965 and never challenged for his title again. He did continue boxing, however, until 1972.


His record was 55 wins (40 KO's) 7 loses, and 4 Draws.

Cultural references[edit]

Bob Dylan wrote a song about the event where Davey Moore succumbed to death while posing the question of public responsibility. It is titled "Who Killed Davey Moore?" and was also sung by Pete Seeger. Phil Ochs wrote a song titled "Davey Moore" [1] which told the story of Davey Moore's death and placed the guilt on the managers and the boxing "money men" as well as boxing fans.
A tribute to Davey Moore is also made by the New Zealander and French writer and singer Graeme Allwright Wikipedia via his song Qui a tué Davy Moore (see Graeme_Allwright site)

Preceded by
World Featherweight Champion
Davey Moore
WBA Featherweight Champion
1963 March 21 – 1964 September 26
Succeeded by
Vicente Saldivar
Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
WBC Featherweight Champion
1963 March 21 – 1964 September 26
Succeeded by
Vicente Saldivar


IBHOF Bio [2]

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