31.01.06 – By Jim Amato: The city of Cleveland produced a world class light heavyweight in the late 1970’s and early 80’s who today is in a battle to beat paralysis. Pablo “Paul” Ramos was a ranked contender and met some of the division’s best. There will be a fund raising dinner for Paul on February 10th.
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 Jerry “The Bull” Martin. This was the same Martin who 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 would lose his last two fights of 1980 to the always tough Murray Sutherland and by a knockout to 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.
Ramos finished his career on August 7, 1982 losing over ten rounds to former champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
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.
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