Rigondeaux stops Ramos for WBA title

Rigondeaux stops Ramos for WBA title

Published Jan. 20, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

Cuban two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux stopped Rico Ramos midway through the sixth round to take the WBA super bantamweight title Friday in just his ninth professional fight, a record for fewest bouts en route to a major world title.

The undefeated Cuban defector floored the overmatched Ramos with a straight right in the first round, had control throughout and ended it with a left hook to the body.

Rigondeaux said ''I wanted to make history. I'm very happy and this is a historic moment.''

In the sixth, Rigondeaux landed three consecutive straight right hands that backed Ramos up into a corner, then landed the devastating left hook to the body that sent Ramos to the canvas in visible pain.