"Zurdo" Gives Boxing Lesson To Boesel;
Zepeda vs. Alvarado Fight
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Saturday night fights at the Toyota Arena, and the main
event was Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) against
Dominic Boesel (32-3, 12 KOs). This bout was for the WBA
Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator, and was scheduled for 12
rounds. In the first round, Boesel was told twice not to
push Ramirez’ head down and hold. Zurdo had already gotten
in some nice shots in the round.
Zurdo continued to pound Boesel in the second round. Body
shots, uppercuts, whatever he wanted to land, he did. Right
at the end of the third, after taking more punishment from
Ramirez, Dominic threw a flurry of punches. Because of where
they were in the ring, it was hard to see just how many
Ramirez came out like a bull once again, landing hard
punches. And then just like that, it was over, thanks to a
giant right hand body shot by Zurdo. The fight came to an
end at 1:33 of the fourth round.
Boesel said, “I thought I would hit him more with my jab. I
came confident to this fight. He got me in the liver with
the first punch. I couldn’t do much when I got hit with the
And Zurdo shared his thoughts. “I feel great about my
performance. Like I said, I was going to put a spectacular
show here in LA. I got the victory via knockout. I was
expecting his best, we were expecting heavy shots. I trained
way too hard for this position and no one is going to take
it from me.
“I used my distance more and I attacked the body more,”
continued Zurdo. “I know my last fight was tough but I
really prepared for this one. I ate more tacos for this
fight. I feel this is my natural weight. Everyone knows I
want Bivol. He needs to stop running and sign the contract.
I’m coming for you and that belt. I deserve that fight. I
think I can beat him since I’m bigger, stronger and
The co-main event saw William Zepeda (26-0, 23 KOs) facing
off against Rene Alvarado (32-12, 21 KOs). This fight was
for a scheduled 10 rounds, and was for the WBA Continental
Americas lightweight title. A great back and forth battle in
the early rounds. Zepeda was landing solid punches, but
Alvarado was more than holding his own in there. In the
third, they spent most of the three minutes exchanging
This action continued as the fight progressed. The man from
Nicaragua was doing a great job, and making Zepeda work for
everything he got. It didn’t appear that he hits quite as
hard as Zepeda, but he still was managing to connect with
his target frequently. In the eighth round, Zepeda really
took control and punished Alvarado. But he stayed on his
feet, even though he took a lot of hits.
It was obvious why Zepeda was undefeated, but Alvarado gave
him a good fight. Up to this point, this was the best fight
of the night. We went to the scorecards. Those scores were
98-92, 97-93, and 96-94, all for Zepeda.
After the fight, Zepeda said, “It was a great fight with a
great fighter. I have a lot to learn and we need to work on
some things. I want to thank Alvarado for the opportunity.
He gave me some of his experience which I am grateful for.
We’re going to keep giving it our all. Now to enjoy this
victory. Thank you to all my fans.”
John Ramirez (10-0, 8 KOs) went up against Jan Salvatierra
(8-2, 4 KOs). This fight was for the vacant NABA Super
flyweight title, and was scheduled for eight rounds. This
fight did not even go one round, as a huge right hand sent
Salvatierra completely out of the ring! The end came at
2:25. Ramirez now has the NABA flyweight belt.
When asked about the knockout, John said, “I was waiting for
him to make a mistake. He made it. I knew I was going to end
the fight via knock-out. I am excited the fight ended in a
dramatic way, but there is more to come from me. I am going
to keep working, keep rising until I can claim that world
The DAZN fights opened up with Katsuma Akitsugi (10-0, 1 KO)
facing Jose Gonzalez (23-10-1, 13 KOs). These were
featherweights, and the fight was scheduled for 10 rounds.
Good first round for Akitsugi, as he was able to connect and
stay patient at the same time. Both men had good moments in
the second round.
In the third round Gonzalez suffered a bad cut from an
accidental head butt. The bell rang to start the fourth, but
he stayed by the ropes, the doctor looked at him, and the
fight was waved off.
“I don’t even feel like I fought,” said Akitsugi. “I was
trying to fight the full 10 rounds. The head butt was an
accident. I wanted to continue but it is what it is. I can’t
wait to fight on more Golden Boy cards.”
Jorge Chavez (3-0, 3 KOs) faced off against Eduardo Melendez
(6-32, 2 KOs). This was a super featherweight fight that was
scheduled to go four rounds. Melendez was nothing if not
enthusiastic, but his record and the big age difference was
hard to ignore. At 1:57 of the third round, after feeling
that Eduardo had taken enough punishment, referee Thomas
Taylor waved off the fight. Just as he did that, the corner
of Melendez was also waving the towel.
Chavez had this to say after the fight. “I had a lot of
success tonight. We had little fall outs in my camp but we
pushed through. We came out victorious and my people were
here. He was a big fighter so I had to pick him apart. He
started getting tired and I went in for the kill. I started
throwing sharp shots.”
Super featherweights were next in a fight that was scheduled
for six rounds. Japhethlee Llamido (7-0, 3 KOs) battled
Edgar Figueroa (4-3-1, 2 KO’s). From an activity level this
fight seemed much more evenly matched, but Llamido showed
how his fast hands carried power in both, and were able to
make a statement. So much so that a well-placed body shot
put Figueroa down. He got up, but the referee saw his corner
wave the towel, so the fight ended at 1:57.
“I felt good. I stuck to the game plan my team had for this
fight,” Llamido said. “My opponent was tough; he had some
fights at 130-135lbs so we knew he was going to be strong.
We’ll just get ready for the next one.”
In a lightweight bout scheduled for six, Carlos Nava (8-0, 5
KOs) faced off against Yampier Hernandez (1-1). Yampier was
the Cuban Olympic bronze medalist. Action from these
lightweights in the opening rounds. The more experienced
Nava was applying pressure, but Hernandez was not afraid to
jump on in, either.
Hernandez hit the floor a lot, but no knockdowns. He slipped
a couple of times, and was thrown own several times by Nava.
The scrappy Yampier kept on coming, until referee Robert
Hoyle waved the fight off at 1:57 of the last round. To say
that nobody in the Hernandez corner was pleased with that
decision is an understatement.
Later, Nava said, “It’s my first time fighting in a bigger
venue than usual. I felt amazing. It’s like a dream come
true. I thought my opponent was very experienced since he’s
a bronze medalist. I was the one hunting him down. Hopefully
I get back in camp in a couple days and on to the next
To open the afternoon – and I say that because we started up
at 2:00 – we saw Kareem Hackett (10-0, 5 KOs) going up
against Josue Obando (20-34-2, 15 KO’s). On paper this fight
appeared to be very one-sided, and the ring actin proved
that to be the case. While Obando got in a solid punch or
two during the six rounds, the fight was all Hackett, and
the all judges had the fight the same, 60-54, for Kareem.
“I felt excellent,” Hackett said after the fight. “My whole
team is here to support and I opened up the night. My
opponent was tough. I hit him with everything I got and he
was still standing. Props to him for being a veteran in the
sport. Hopefully I keep fighting on these cards and
eventually get a regional title or maybe go back to Canada
and get the Canadian title.”