Robeisy Ramirez open to potential Inoue encounter: 'I'm ready to fight the best and if he's successful and that's on the table, then definitely.'

Robeisy "El Tren" Ramirez traveled halfway around the world and authored a devastating performance. In his first title defense, WBO featherweight world champion Robeisy Ramirez dominated Japanese challenger Satoshi Shimizu en route to a fifth-round TKO.

The two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist had little trouble figuring out Shimizu (11-2, 10 KOs), a two-time Olympian who had won three straight fights entering his first world title opportunity. Ramirez (13-1, 8 KOs) stayed in the pocket against his taller foe, ripping Shimizu with uppercuts and right hooks around his high guard.

In the fifth, Ramirez floored Shimizu with a left uppercut. Shimizu rose from the canvas with a bloody nose and had no answer for the follow-up flurry. A pair of right hooks, followed by a crunching left, forced referee Ramon Pena to step in and halt the one-way beating.

Ramirez said,"This was a tremendous experience. It is a blessing to be able to demonstrate my talent in a stadium full of people and in this part of the world. I am grateful and happy. The job is done.

"Now I set my sights on a world title unification clash. I am ready to go to Japan, Scotland, England, Mexico, wherever we have to fight. I will always be available to do my job"

Ramirez prior to his encounter on Tuesday when speaking to Sky Sports was open to the possibility of facing the headline star and four-weight word champion, Naoya Inoue. 

"Of course, that would be a great fight and a great challenge both for him and for me as well. Everybody knows Inoue's history and that would make a great fight should he eventually move up to 126lbs," Ramirez said.

"I'm ready to fight the best and if he's successful and that's on the table, then definitely."

The prospect of Inoue facing Ramirez at some point was given further strength by Bob Arum prior to yesterday’s event in Tokyo, Japan.