Things you didn't know about Artjoms Ramlavs
"Thunder" meets "Supersonic" on Friday night, November 24 in London, as unbeaten rising star Mark Chamberlain defends his IBF European lightweight title for a third time to Artjoms Ramlavs at the York Hall, live on TNT Sports.
Ramlavs has fought in the UK just once before, so not much is known about the visiting fighter, so BBN listed a host of facts all about the challenger below:
Artjoms Ramlavs Facts
Artjoms Ramlavs was born August 10, 1989, and is currently 34.
He was born and raised in Riga, Latvia.
He had over 250 amateur fights and became a seven-time national champion, participating in European and World championships, as well as Olympic qualifiers.
He lost to Joe Cordina twice on points, firstly in the 2012 Tammer Tournament Quarter-Finals and then again in the 2014 Gee-Bee Multi-Nations Quarter-Finals in Helsinki.
He also lost to Josh Taylor in the 2012 European Olympic Qualifier Preliminaries in Turkey.
He defeated Sean McComb in a Latvia v Ireland International Tournament in 2012.
His boxing nickname is "Supersonic", bestowed upon him for his fast hands.
He trains at the GRAND Boxing Club in Riga.
Ramlavs made his pro debut on February 18, 2017, in Riga, winning 40-35 on all three judges' cards against Andrei Nurchynski.
His only two defeats came in fights abroad. Firstly, to Archie Sharp in December 2019, at the Copper Box Arena in London, losing widely on points over 10 rounds with Sharp's WBO European title on the line. The only British judge at ringside, Steve Gray, scored the bout 88-100 due to Ramlavs going down in the sixth round and then had one point deducted in the eighth for hitting the back of Sharp's head.
His second defeat was utterly bizarre. Away from home in Poland, in October 2022, he knocked down home fighter Damian Wrzesinski in round five to win on points and had his hand lifted by the referee and the IBO Continental super-featherweight title presented to him until the supervisor claimed there had been a mistake and forcibly ripped the belt from his waist!
He is the reigning IBA Intercontinental super-featherweight champion, which is a title once held by Diego Corrales in 1997. He won the belt by in his last fight, in February, by decisioning Eduardo Costa Do Nascimento unanimously.
He has a 50% KO ratio after knocking out half his victims.
The southpaw is ranked #64 in the world in the lightweight division.
He is sponsored by Lumberjack Barbershop in his home city of Riga.
He and his partner have a young son together, born in 2015.
Artjoms married his wife in August 2017
What have they said?
Ramlavs: “At the boxing gym, I instantly fell in love with this sport with all my heart and soul. Life has given me a chance to fight for the title of IBF European champion. Keep dreaming and pursue your goal.”
Chamberlain: “It is the same as the other ones for me. I need to prepare everything right and make another successful defence. “I don’t know an awful lot about Ramlavs, just that Archie Sharp fought him and also Damian Wrzesinski, who I used to train with in Southampton. I don’t look too much into this side of things because if you prepare for something off a video they might come in completely different. I’ve definitely just got to close out the year with a big performance and then move on to bigger fights in 2024. I am up there in the rankings now and I’ve just got to keep winning.”
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