The WBC and its President Mauricio Sulaiman, decree a day of mourning for the passing of one of the greatest boxers of history, Ultiminio “Sugar”, Ramos, aged seventy five.
“Sugar” Ramos was born on December 2nd I941 in the town of Matanzas, Cuba, where he took his first steps in pugilism. Afer the Cuban Revolution, which banned professional boxing, Ultiminio travelled to Mexico and made it his home.
Famed and respected for his mighty punching power in addition to his elusive style, which proved very effective, Ultiminio conquered the World Boxing Council featherweight crown on March 21, 1963, defeating the American Davey Moore , to become the first WBC world champion.
In an apt quirk of fate, this larger than life and beloved character, was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992, both as Ultiminio Ramos…And as Sugar Ramos. Two for the price of one, which was his motto of sheer fighting effort!
We will always remember Ultiminio as a great champion, but even more so, as a wonderful, friendly, genuine and kind man. A memorable day, some months ago with the inauguration of his café in Mexico City. Unforgettable hospitality from the great man, his attractive kind Wife, plus beautiful family. And that broad beaming smile that was so much him.That event also hosted a press conference with Carlos Cuadras, following his tremendous fight with Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.
A man of discerning style, always smart and elegant, often rakishly sporting a flamboyant hat, Ultiminio was adored by the people of his adopted country, certainly for his fighting spirit, but also for his unique character, chuckling sense of humor and his love of dancing…and fun! He embraced the rhythm and the very essence of life.
This is the saddest of losses, but the man with the big hands and the larger heart, leaves us with a wonderful legacy of joy and happiness. How lucky is Mexico that he chose it to accomplish the highlights of a magnificent career spanning 66 fights, including 55 wins, with 40 knockouts, four draws and only seven losses.
The loss Is now most surely ours’ but what fantastic and indestructible memories he leaves us!