Costa Rican Boxer David 'Medallita' Jiménez Wins WBA Interim World Title

Costa Rican boxer David 'Medallita' Jiménez defeats American John 'Scrappy' Ramírez to win the WBA interim world championship at 115 pounds, making history for Costa Rican boxing.

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Costa Rican Boxer David 'Medallita' Jiménez Wins WBA Interim World Title

Costa Rican Boxer David 'Medallita' Jiménez Wins WBA Interim World Title

Costa Rican boxer David 'Medallita' Jiménez defeated American John 'Scrappy' Ramírez by unanimous decision to win the WBA interim world championship at 115 pounds on April 21, 2024 in Brooklyn, New York. The 12-round fight went the distance, with two judges scoring it 117-111 and one judge scoring it 116-112 in favor of the 32-year-old Jiménez.

Jiménez, who entered the fight with a 15-1-0 (11 KOs) record and was ranked 14th in the flyweight division, outboxed the previously undefeated Ramírez, who had a 13-0-0 (9 KOs) record and was ranked 31st in the super flyweight division. Jiménez's only previous loss was against Artem Dalakian, but he had won his last three fights against Rosendo Hugo Guarneros, Ganigan Lopez, and Pablo Macario.

The fight was part of the PPV card topped by the Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia main event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. During the weigh-in, Jiménez mocked Ramírez's belt collection, saying "He's going to cry because he's never faced someone like me. Those belts he has, he bought them at Toys R'Us." Ramírez, who wanted to fight Jiménez to learn from his experience, said "I want to fight the best and learn from them. Jiménez is one of the best."

Despite Ramírez controlling portions of the fight, Jiménez's powerful left hook caught him off guard, knocking him down three times in the 7th, 10th, and 11th rounds. Jiménez, the underdog, proved his doubters wrong with his impressive performance, outworking Ramírez on the inside during a scrappy and messy but entertaining affair.

Why this matters: Jiménez's victory is a significant achievement for Costa Rican boxing, as he becomes the first boxer from the country to win a world title in the super flyweight division. The win also establishes Jiménez as a top contender and puts him in a strong position to challenge for the full WBA world title against champion Kazuto Ioka.

With the victory, Jiménez improves his record to 16-1 with 11 knockouts, while Ramírez suffers his first career defeat, dropping to 13-1 with 9 knockouts. After the fight, an emotional Jiménez said, "This victory is making history for my country, Costa Rica. I dedicate this win to all my people back home." The new WBA interim super flyweight champion now sets his sights on bigger challenges in the 115-pound division.

Key Takeaways

  • Costa Rican boxer David Jiménez won the WBA interim super flyweight title.
  • Jiménez defeated previously unbeaten American John 'Scrappy' Ramírez by unanimous decision.
  • Jiménez knocked down Ramírez 3 times, establishing himself as a top contender.
  • Jiménez's victory is a historic achievement for Costa Rican boxing.
  • Jiménez improves to 16-1 (11 KOs), while Ramírez suffers his first career defeat.