Dmitry Bivol Ghosting Gilberto Ramirez
World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Light Heavyweight
Champion Dmitry Bivol (18-0, 11 KOs) is ghosting undefeated
Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (42-0, 28 KOs), the former World
Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Middleweight World title
Maybe Bivol has been too busy to talk because he’s preparing
to trick-or-treat this Halloween weekend as a ghost?
Nobody’s quite sure, because after repeatedly expressing his
desire to take on “Zurdo” in a mega-fight, the Kyrgyzstan
native has gone dark for the past few months.
“I know my team and Golden Boy have been working hard to
make this happen,” Ramirez said. “Now that the contract is
out, I don’t know why he’s stalling and backtracking from
the fight. He called me out publicly on social media after
my last fight but he’s now silent. A lot of fighters talk
the talk but rarely walk the walk. I hope he's not one of
When the pandemic first started, Bivol and Ramirez openly
spoke about fighting each other. “Gilberto Ramirez is one of
the top players in the light heavyweight division,” Bivol
said at that time. “We have talked about this fight for a
long time. The time has come to bring this to a reality. We
have trained together and some sparring as well. He is a
professional and a gentleman. A very good fighter.
“He is an ex-world champion, he has proven to become one of
the best, fights like this excite the fans. This is what
boxing is all about, fighters where either boxer has a
50-percent chance of being victorious. We are both at the
level that we can make a dynamic fight.”
Before Ramirez’ last fight, an impressive knockout victory
over Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs), Bivol wished “Zurdo”
good luck on social media in hopes that they could fight
later this year.
Not only isn’t that a reality at this stage, Bivol has
completely disappeared, like a ghost. His puppet master,
Matchroom Boxing’s powerful Eddie Hearn, who controls boxing
on DAZN, has since done all the talking for Bivol as if he’s
a ventriloquist. The latest news about Bivol, at least
through Hearn, is that he will likely defend his title
against super middleweight John Ryder (29-5, 16 KOs) in
December, and then the carrot was extended by Hearn for a
dream fight in May against boxing’s rainmaker, Saul “Canelo”
No mention of Ramirez by Hearn other than to say, “Gilberto
Ramirez is a good fight (for Bivol) as well.” It’s worth
mentioning Hearn uttered Ramirez’ name only after Ryder,
‘Canelo,” and even Joshua Buatso and Callum Smith, as
potential opponents for Bivol.
The 30-year-old Ramirez is currently rated No. 2 by the
World Boxing Organization (WBO) and No. 4 by the
International Boxing Federation (IBF), as well as No. 9 in
The Ring magazine’s independent rankings.
Bivol has fought only once the past two years, winning an
uninspiring 12-round decision against Craig Richards this
Real fighters fight. They don’t let a Svengali figure such
as Hearn pull their strings. Isn’t it time to man-up and
fight the best available candidate?
Trick-or-treat, Dmitry! It’s time for the ghost to turn back
into a fighter.
What are you waiting for?