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Olympic champion stumbles in pro debut

The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez was knocked down seconds into the first round and lost his professional debut to Adan Gonzales on Saturday night.

Ramirez suffered a stunning split decision defeat at Temple’s Liacouras Center, a crushing start for one of boxing’s prized prospects. Gonzales won 40-35 and 39-36 on two scorecards and one judge scored the bout 38-37 for Ramirez.

The 25-year-old Ramirez won gold in two weight classes fighting for Cuba in the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Games. He defected from Cuba last year and signed a promotional deal with Top Rank.

Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) knocked down Ramirez with a left hook within 20 seconds of the first round and Ramirez never rallied to mount serious offense in the four-round bout.

Ramirez backed up his flyweight gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics by moving up in weight and winning perhaps the most talented division in the Rio Games.

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