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Real name Ultiminio Ramos Zaqueira
Nickname(s) Sugar
Rated at Featherweight
Height 5 ft 4+1/2 in
Reach 64+1/2 in
Nationality Mexican
Born (1941-12-02)2 December 1941
Matanzas, Cuba
Died 3 September 2017(2017-09-03) (aged 75)
Mexico City, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 66
Wins 55
Wins by KO 40
Losses 7
Draws 4

Ultiminio Ramos Zaqueira (December 2, 1941 – September 3, 2017) was a Cuban-born Mexican professional boxer who was better known as Sugar Ramos. Ramos fought out of Mexico where he was adopted as a national hero. He was a World Featherweight champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Exile

Ramos won the Cuban Featherweight championship belt in 1960 and defected to Mexico City when Fidel Castro came into power.

Famous bouts

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. 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.

Retirement and death

Ramos lost his titles in 1964 to Vicente Saldivar after the fight was stopped in the twelfth round due to cuts. Ramos then moved up to lightweight, eventually earning a shot at then champion Carlos Ortiz in 1966. Ramos would lose the fight via fifth-round TKO, and then an immediate rematch by TKO in the fourth round. He continued boxing until 1972. Sugar Ramos died at the age of 75 on September 3, 2017 in his adopted home of Mexico City due to complications from cancer. He was survived by his 4 children.

Records

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

  • He was elected into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992 as both "Ultiminio Ramos" and "Sugar Ramos"—apparently as two different boxers.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
66 fights 55 wins 7 losses
By knockout 40 4
By decision 14 2
By disqualification 1 1
Draws 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
66 Loss 55–7–4 Cesar Sinda TKO 10 (10) Apr 24, 1972 Forum, Inglewood, U.S
65 Win 55–6–4 Lyle Randolph TKO 6 (10) Mar 24, 1971 International Amphitheatre, Chicago, U.S
64 Draw 54–6–4 Jimmy Robertson PTS 10 Oct 14, 1971 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, U.S
63 Loss 54–6–3 Antonio Amaya PTS 10 Jan 1, 1971 Plaza de Toros Monumental, Monterrey, Mexico
62 Loss 54–5–3 Mando Ramos SD 10 Aug 6, 1970 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, U.S
61 Win 54–4–3 Raul Rojas MD 10 Mar 26, 1970 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, U.S
60 Win 53–4–3 German Gatelbondo KO 1 (10) Dec 14, 1969 Veracruz, Mexico
59 Win 52–4–3 Chango Carmona TKO 7 (10) Sep 29, 1969 Plaza de Toros El Toreo, Tijuana, Mexico
58 Win 51–4–3 Rudy Gonzalez KO 2 (10) Jun 29, 1969 Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City, Mexico
57 Loss 50–4–3 Carlos Ortiz TKO 4 (15) Jul 1, 1967 Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico For WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles;
For vacant WBC lightweight title
56 Loss 50–3–3 Carlos Ortiz TKO 5 (15) Oct 22, 1966 El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico For WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
55 Win 50–2–3 Antonio Herrera UD 10 Feb 12, 1966 Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City, Mexico
54 Win 49–2–3 Raul Soriano TKO 2 (10) Dec 11, 1965 El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico
53 Win 48–2–3 Raul Soriano TKO 6 (10) Aug 23, 1965 Plaza de Toros El Toreo, Tijuana, Mexico
52 Win 47–2–3 Delfino Rosales TKO 1 (10) Jun 15, 1965 Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
51 Win 46–2–3 Antonio Rosales UD 10 Apr 17, 1965 Arena Coliseo, Acapulco, Mexico
50 Loss 45–2–3 Vicente Saldivar RTD 12 (15) Sep 26, 1964 El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico Lost WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal featherweight titles
49 Win 45–1–3 Floyd Robertson SD 15 May 9, 1964 Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal featherweight titles
48 Win 44–1–3 Mitsunori Seki TKO 6 (15) Mar 1, 1964 Kokugikan, Japan Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal featherweight titles
47 Win 43–1–3 Vicente Milan Derado UD 10 Jan 1, 1964 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, U.S
46 Win 42–1–3 Kid Anahuac TKO 8 (10) Nov 9, 1963 Los Mochis, Mexico
45 Win 41–1–3 Sammy McSpadden TKO 2 (10) Oct 22, 1963 Empire Pool, Wembley, U.K
44 Win 40–1–3 Rafiu King UD 15 Jul 13, 1963 Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal featherweight titles
43 Win 39–1–3 Davey Moore RTD 10 (15) Mar 21, 1963 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, U.S Won WBA, The Ring, and lineal featherweight titles;
Won inaugural WBC featherweight title;
Moore dies two days later of a whiplash to his brain stem after his neck struck the bottom rope of a three-rope ring during this bout.
42 Win 38–1–3 Jose Luis Cruz TKO 2 (10) Dec 29, 1962 El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico
41 Win 37–1–3 Eloy Sanchez TKO 3 (10) Oct 20, 1962 Mexico City, Mexico
40 Win 36–1–3 Baby Vasquez KO 10 (10) Sep 3, 1962 Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Mexico
39 Win 35–1–3 Baby Vasquez PTS 10 Jul 14, 1962 Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
38 Win 34–1–3 Danny Valdez TKO 7 (10) May 11, 1962 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, U.S
37 Win 33–1–3 Rafiu King PTS 10 Mar 26, 1962 Palais des Sports, Paris, France
36 Win 32–1–3 Eddie Garcia TKO 9 (10) Jan 12, 1962 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, Mexico
35 Loss 31–1–3 Rafael Camacho DQ 4 (10) Dec 13, 1961 Puebla, Mexico
34 Win 31–0–3 Kid Anahuac PTS 10 Sep 30, 1961 Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Mexico
33 Draw 30–0–3 Alfredo Urbina PTS 10 Sep 2, 1961 Mexico City, Mexico
32 Win 30–0–2 Alfredo Urbina SD 12 Jun 17, 1961 Mexico City, Mexico
31 Win 29–0–2 Bobby Cervantes KO 4 (10) May 27, 1961 Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Mexico
30 Win 28–0–2 Felix Cervantes KO 3 (10) May 8, 1961 Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Mexico
29 Draw 27–0–2 Juan Ramirez TD 7 (10) Apr 22, 1961 Mexico City, Mexico
28 Win 27–0–1 Edwin Sykes KO 4 (10) Feb 5, 1961 Estadio Juan D. Arosemena, Panama City, Panama
27 Win 26–0–1 Jesus Santamaria TKO 6 (10) Jan 23, 1961 Estadio Juan D. Arosemena, Panama City, Panama
26 Win 25–0–1 Sergio Gomez KO 9 (10) Dec 30, 1960 Havana, Cuba
25 Win 24–0–1 Jesus Santamaria TKO 9 (10) Aug 28, 1960 Arena de Colon, Colon City, Panama
24 Win 23–0–1 Tony Padron KO 8 (10) Aug 18, 1960 Coliseo Nacional, Havana, Cuba
23 Win 22–0–1 Vernon Lynch TKO 7 (10) May 28, 1960 Havana, Cuba
22 Win 21–0–1 Tony Padron TKO 8 (10) Apr 1, 1960 Caracas, Venezuela
21 Win 20–0–1 Orlando Castillo PTS 12 Feb 27, 1960 Havana, Cuba Won vacant Cuban featherweight title
20 Win 19–0–1 Francisco Barraez PTS 10 Nov 20, 1959 Matanzas, Cuba
19 Draw 18–0–1 Ike Chestnut PTS 10 Oct 31, 1959 Nuevo Circo, Caracas, Venezuela
18 Win 18–0 Johnny Bean KO 3 (10) Aug 1, 1959 Havana, Cuba
17 Win 17–0 Sonny Leon PTS 10 Jul 29, 1959 Caracas, Venezuela
16 Win 16–0 Angel Guerrero KO 4 (10) May 9, 1959 Coliseo de la Ciudad, Havana, Cuba
15 Win 15–0 Wally Livingston TKO 10 (10) Apr 28, 1959 Havana, Cuba
14 Win 14–0 Orlando Castillo KO 10 (10) Feb 14, 1959 Havana, Cuba
13 Win 13–0 Antonio Coria KO 4 (?) Dec 13, 1958 Havana, Cuba
12 Win 12–0 Jose Blanco KO 8 (8) Nov 8, 1958 Havana, Cuba Blanco dies of injuries sustained in this fight
11 Win 11–0 Augusto Narvalle DQ 6 (?) Oct 11, 1958 Havana, Cuba
10 Win 10–0 Al Castillo KO 5 (?) Sep 20, 1958 Coliseo de la Ciudad, Havana, Cuba
9 Win 9–0 Wilfredo Gonzalez KO 2 (?) Aug 9, 1958 Cienfuegos, Cuba
8 Win 8–0 Manuel Perdomo PTS 6 Jul 19, 1958 Havana, Cuba
7 Win 7–0 Hector Medina KO 3 (?) Jul 5, 1958 Havana, Cuba
6 Win 6–0 Humberto de la Rosa KO 4 (?) May 24, 1958 Havana, Cuba
5 Win 5–0 Felix Pomares KO 2 (?) Apr 12, 1958 Havana, Cuba
4 Win 4–0 Carlos Suarez KO 3 (?) Feb 7, 1958 Ranchuelo, Cuba
3 Win 3–0 Juan Machado KO 2 (4) Jan 11, 1958 Arena Trejo, Havana, Cuba
2 Win 2–0 Inocencio Cartas TKO 3 (4) Nov 30, 1957 Palacio de Deportes, Havana, Cuba
1 Win 1–0 Rene Arce TKO 2 (4) Oct 5, 1957 Palacio de Deportes, Havana, Cuba
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