Thursday, March 30th 2023

Press Conference Notes: Robeisy Ramirez & Isaac Dogboe Face Off Ahead of World Title Clash in Tulsa

Ramirez-Dogboe headlines stacked card this SATURDAY streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+

TULSA, OK (March 30, 2023) – Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez (11-1, 7 KOs) and former junior featherweight world champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (24-2, 15 KOs) are set to collide this Saturday for the vacant WBO featherweight world title at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

In the co-feature, two-time world title challenger Joet Gonzalez (25-3, 15 KOs) will take on Mexico’s Jose Enrique Vivas (22-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight tilt.

Undercard fighters include Tulsa-born heavyweight prospect Jeremiah Milton (8-0, 6 KOs), lightweight sensation Emiliano Fernando Vargas (3-0, 2 KOs), U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (7-0, 5 KOs), and a high-stakes junior middleweight bout between Jahi Tucker (9-0, 5 KOs) and Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (8-1, 6 KOs).

Ramirez-Dogboe headlines a stacked card streaming live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Holden Productions, tickets starting at $49.50 are on sale now and available to purchase at

At Thursday’s press conference, this is what the fighters had to say.

Robeisy Ramirez

“This title opportunity means everything. We are ready. I’ve come to fight the best. And now we are here. When I say that I’m ready, it’s because I’ve passed through the process. It’s all about the process. Life shows you that if you don’t pass through the process, things can happen. So, the opportunity has come at the right moment. I am ready.”

“This camp has been totally different. We did lots of new things with my strength and conditioning coach. But we are ready for this fight, and for the fights that happen after.”

“{Trainer} Ismael Salas is a strategist. He is an excellent teacher. He has many world champions, and he has been doing this for many years. Salas has given me the confidence, the knowledge and dexterity to bring out the best of me in the ring. Working with him has been the best thing that has happened to my career.”

Isaac Dogboe

“I feel great. They say that the third time’s a charm. The first time was great. The second time wasn’t all that great. But I feel great about this trip.”

“I’m always hopeful. If I say I’m going to do something, I’m always going to show up. I thank God for giving me that mental fortitude. That’s why everything that has transpired in my boxing career has happened.”

“I have a second chance now. I know that Robeisy is tough. He is a good fighter. But I know that we will come out with the victory on April 1.”

Joet Gonzalez

“I’m always in the gym working really hard. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the win that night against Isaac Dogboe. The judges believed that Isaac won it. Now he’s in his position, and I’m in my position.”

“I expect another tough fight. I think people know the type of fighter I am. I’m here to fight the elite fighters. I’m here to be in tough fights.”

“I have three losses now. I’m 29. I need this victory because I still have a lot to prove.”

Jose Enrique Vivas

“I’m not scared of anyone. I know that he has Mexican blood like I do. When there are two Mexicans in the ring, it’s guaranteed to be a war. It will be a great show, and I will win.”

“For this camp, I was in Mexico for six weeks. Then, I spent four weeks with Manny Robles and Edgar Jasso. I feel like I have gotten a lot better. I feel better than ever. I’ve been working with them for years, so I feel great.”

Jahi Tucker

“I’ve been in this game for about three years now. I’m seasoned. I’m taking my steps to be the best fighter in the world. Slowly but surely, we are going to keep climbing. Niko, you got to be on the journey. You got to take this ‘L’ from me.”

Nikoloz Sekhniashvili

“I respect every fighter. And, of course, Jahi is a very good fighter. But I’m not going to give him a chance. I believing in showing, not telling. And I’m going to show everyone on Saturday.”

Emiliano Fernando Vargas

“It’s great to have the opportunity to step in there and showcase my skills. I’m blessed to do it with Top Rank. I’m ready to show the world that the legacy does continue, and I’m writing my story in the meantime. I’m excited. I’m ready. Another performance is coming.”

Jeremiah Milton

“It’s good to back home. It’s good to be back in my city Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s been about eight months since I’ve been back home. Now I’m 8-0 and making my way up this ladder. I’m still pushing for my dream every day. It’s a special time, and I’m going to have my people here supporting me.”

Saturday, April 1

ESPN+ (7:10 p.m. ET/4:10 p.m. PT)

Robeisy Ramirez vs. Isaac Dogboe, 12 rounds, Vacant WBO Featherweight World Title

Joet Gonzalez vs. Jose Enrique Vivas, 10 rounds, Featherweight

Jahi Tucker vs. Nikoloz Sekhniashvili, 8 rounds, Junior Middleweight

Jeremiah Milton vs. Fabio Maldonado 8 rounds, Heavyweight

Tiger Johnson vs. Alfonso Olvera, 8 rounds, Junior Welterweight

Dante Benjamin Jr. vs. Jasper McCargo, 6 rounds, Light Heavyweight

Emiliano Fernando Vargas vs. Edgar Uvalle, 4 rounds, Lightweight

Abdullah Mason vs. Erick Garcia Benitez, 6 rounds, Lightweight

Rohan Polanco vs. Ricardo Quiroz, 6 rounds, Junior Welterweight