Taking the fight on 11-days’ notice, #14 IBF contender Ovill McKenzie (25-12-1, 13 KOs) found himself on the receiving end of a good old fashioned robbery last Friday night in his title challenge against IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in having to settle for a 12 round draw instead of a win at the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavídez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The 35-year-old McKenzie was visiting from the UK to face the 31-year-old Ramirez, who was making his first title defense of his IBF strap that was recently stripped from the injured champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez last month. Despite McKenzie doing everything possible to pound out a well-deserved victory, the three judges scored the fight 115-113 for Ramirez, 114-114 and 115-113 for McKenzie.
Due to Ramirez getting a draw out of the fight, he now gets to keep his IBF title until the International boxing Federation makes a decision whether they want to make Ramirez give McKenzie a rematch or allow him to go on his way to defend his title against another contender instead.
McKenzie’s promoter is likely going to appeal the questionable verdict because many boxing fans felt that he did more than enough to deserve a victory in this fight. A lot of fans felt that McKenzie had done enough to win by a 7 rounds to 5 score. I personally had him winning by an 8 rounds to 4 score over Ramirez.
Ramirez did throw enough punches in the fight to give him any rounds conclusively. He was mostly just following after McKenzie all night long, taking head shots, blocking some, and every once in a while unleashing a big left hook or right hand to the head of McKenzie. Without question, Ramirez landed the harder shots in the fight. However, he still didn’t land many punches and most of the time he was badly missing with wild looking swings.
About the best thing you can say about Ramirez is that he fought reasonably well in the last four rounds of the fight. Both fighters were pretty much even in the last four rounds, but before that it was one-sided with McKenzie doing the much better work and throwing a lot more punches.
McKenzie’s movement gave Ramirez a great deal of problems in this fight.
McKenzie isn’t known for being a mover. He’s usually attacking his opponents, but for this fight he focused on keeping out of range of Ramirez’s big shots and it worked well with him always in motion.