Robeisy Ramirez vs Rafael Espinoza undercard: Complete list of fights before main event in 2023 boxing match

The future of boxing will prepare to wow fans in Pembroke Pines, Florida on December 9. In the main event, Robeisy Ramirez defends the WBO featherweight title against Rafael Espinoza. The fight airs on ESPN+ in the U.S.

A decorated amateur, Ramirez (13-1) won six gold medals, including two at the Olympic level. The Cuban southpaw is a former NABF junior featherweight champion and won the WBO featherweight title in April against Isaac Dogboe. He beat Satoshi Shimizu in July to retain the belt. 

Espinoza (21-0) competes in only his third fight in the U.S. The Mexican fighter has 18 wins via knockout and beat Ally Mwerangi via KO in his last fight in July. 

Outside the main event, the Top Rank-produced card is full of several high-profile prospects looking to graduate to title contenders. Here’s a full breakdown of the Robeisy Ramirez vs. Rafael Espinoza undercard.

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Robeisy Ramirez vs. Rafael Espinoza undercard

Xander Zayas vs. Jorge Fortea

  • Division/Weight: Super Welterweight
  • Zayas record: 17-0
  • Fortea record: 24-3-1
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

The co-main event will be Xander Zayas vs. Jorge Fortea.

Winner of eleven national championship tournaments, Zayas (17-0) signed with Top Rank as its youngest prospect ever at 16. In 2019, he turned pro, beating Genesis Wynn via knockout. The Puerto Rican fighter beat Alexis Salazar Flores for the NABF super welterweight title in 2022 and defended it twice. His last fight was a TKO win in September against Roberto Valenzuela Jr. 

“I am determined to close the year with a bang and to continue positioning myself as one of the main contenders at junior middleweight. In the new year, I’m aiming to continuing my climb up the ranks step by step,” Zayas said at a recent training camp. “That is why I push myself to give my all every day in the gym. You will see a better version of me every time I fight.”

Fortea (24-3-1) turned pro in 2009. The Spanish fighter is 4-2 in his last six fights and is currently on a three-fight win streak. His last contest was a unanimous decision win in April against Ismael Flores.

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Bruce Carrington vs. Jason Sanchez

  • Division/Weight: Featherweight
  • Carrington record: 9-0
  • Sanchez record: 16-4
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Carrington (9-0) turned pro in 2021. The 26-year-old has already fought four times in 2023, beating Angel Antonio Contreras via unanimous decision in his most recent contest, which took place in August.

Sanchez (16-4) turned pro in 2012. “El Alacrancito” lost against Oscar Valdez in 2019 for the WBO featherweight title and against Adam Lopez in 2021 for the NABF featherweight belt. He’s 1-2 in his last three contests, losing against Zelfa Barrett in April via a unanimous decision scoring. 


Richard Torrez Jr. vs. Curtis Harper

  • Division/Weight: Heavyweight
  • Torrez record: 7-0
  • Harper record: 14-10
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Richard Torrez Jr. faces Curtis Harper.

A third-generation boxer, Torrez (7-0) won silver at the 2020 Olympics and is a two-time U.S. National Championships gold medalist. The 24-year-old has won all his fights via knockout, beating Tyrrell Herndon via TKO in October. 

Harper (14-10) turned pro in 2010. “The Hurt” is on a three-fight losing streak, losing against Guido Vianello in October. 

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Jahi Tucker vs. Francisco Veron

  • Division/Weight: Super Welterweight
  • Tucker record: 10-1
  • Veron record: 13-0
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Further down the card is Jahi Tucker vs. Francisco Veron. 

Tucker (10-1) turned pro in 2020. The 20-year-old has five wins via knockout. He suffered the first loss of his career against Nicklaus Flaz in July. 

Veron (13-0) turned pro in 2020. The 25-year-old has ten wins via knockout and beat Timur Kerefov in his last fight in June via split decision. 


Rohan Polanco vs. Keith Hunter

  • Division/Weight: Super Lightweight
  • Polanco record: 10-0
  • Hunter record: 15-1
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Rohan Polanco and Keith Hunter face off in super lightweight action. 

A 2020 Olympics competitor, Polanco (10-0) won the 2016 AMBC American Confederation Youth Championships. The 25-year-old has six wins via knockout since turning pro in 2020. His last fight was a TKO win in July against Cesar Francis.

Hunter (15-1) turned pro in 2015. The 31-year-old suffered his first loss in 2021 against Armando Ramirez Almanza. Since then, he has won two in a row, his last fight being a unanimous decision win against Demarius Driver in April 2022. 


Delante Johnson vs. Jimmer Espinosa

  • Division/Weight: Super Lightweight
  • Johnson record: 10-0
  • Espinosa record: 15-1
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Delante Johnson faces Jimmer Espinosa.

“Tiger” Johnson (10-0) is a 2016 Youth World Championships gold medalist. He turned pro in 2021 and has five wins via knockout. The 25-year-old is 3-0 in 2023, and his last fight was a majority decision in September against Ricardo Quiroz.

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Espinosa (15-1) turned pro in 2017. The 25-year-old lost against Jonathan Escobedo Martinez in 2021 and has won four straight since. His last contest was a knockout win against Emiliano Cruz in May, his fourth win in a row via the power punch. 


Damian Knyba vs. Michael Polite-Coffie

  • Division/Weight: Heavyweight
  • Kynba record: 12-0
  • Polite-Coffie record: 13-4 
  • Belts at stake: N/A 

Finally, in heavyweight action, Damian Knyba faces Scott Alexander.

A 2019 Polish National Championships winner, Knyba (12-0) turned pro in 2021. He last fought in June, beating Helaman Olguin via unanimous decision. 

Polite-Coffie (13-4) turned pro in 2017. The 37-year-old is 1-4 in his last five contests and is on a two-fight losing streak. He last fought in April, losing against Fabio Wardley via TKO. 


When is Robeisy Ramirez vs. Rafael Espinoza?

Ramirez vs. Espinoza will be on December 9. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET, while Ramirez and Espinoza should enter the ring around 11:30 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 

Region Date Main Card Start Time Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)
USA and Canada (ET) Saturday, December 9 10 p.m. ET 11:30 p.m. ET
USA and Canada (PT) Saturday, December 9 7 p.m. PT 8:30 p.m. PT
UK and Ireland Sunday, December 10 3 a.m. GMT 4:30 a.m. GMT

Australia

Sunday, December 10 2 p.m. AEDT 3:30 p.m. AEDT

WATCH: Robeisy Ramirez vs. Rafael Espinoza, exclusively on ESPN+

How to watch Robeisy Ramirez vs. Rafael Espinoza

Region TV channel Live streaming
USA ESPN ESPN+
Canada TSN+
UK and Ireland Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Arena Sky GO
Australia TBC

The Robeisy Ramirez vs. Rafael Espinoza main card will air on ESPN and ESPN+ in the U.S. The undercard will air exclusively on ESPN+. 

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