41-0 Gilberto Ramirez On Mission
To Join Exclusive 50-0 Club
Only five boxers have started their professional careers
with a 50-fight win streak and the contemporary leader, 41-0
Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez is on a mission to join the
exclusive club, continuing July 9th in Los Angeles against
Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs).
Ramirez, who recently signed an exclusive promotional
contract with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, was
the first Mexican-born super middleweight World champion,
and he is currently the No. 3 rated light heavyweight in the
world, by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World
Boxing Organization (WBO).
Although he won’t turn 30 until June 19, Ramirez has been
fighting professionally for nearly 12 years, and one of his
goals is to become a World champion in two different weight
classes. Another is joining his idol and fellow Mexican,
Julio Cesar Chavez in the 50-0 Club, in which he is No. 1
having amazingly won his first 87 pro fights. The first
blemish on his pro record was a 12-round majority draw with
the great Pernell Whitaker in 1993 in their WBC World
welterweight title fight.
BOXING’S 50-0 CLUB
1. Julio “J.C. Cesar Chavez 87 (13 KOs) 1980-1993 Mexico
2. Willie “Wil ‘o The Wisp” Pep 62 (23 KOs) 1940-1943 USA
3. Wanheng Menayothin 54 (18 KOs) 2009-2019 Thailand
4. Carlos “Canas” Zarate 52 (51 KOs) 1970-1978 Mexico
5. Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. 50 (27 KOs) 1996-2017 USA
“Getting to 50-0 is very important, but I’m more interested
in being able to fight the fights the fans want,” Ramirez
said. “I’ve never turned down a fight and have made it clear
to all the fighters I want. I look across the division and
none of these fighters are on my level”
Chavez moved ahead of featherweight icon Will Pep at 62, No.
2 on the contemporary list, compiled in less than three
years dating back to the 1940’s. Pep lost for the first time
as a pro to Sammy Angott by 10-round decision in 1943.
Thailand mini-flyweight Wanheng Menayothin, originally a
Muay Thai fighter, had his streak snapped last November at
54 by Panya Pradabsri.
Another Mexican boxer is in the 50-0 Club, No. 4 Carlos
Zarate, who reached 52 straight victories off his pro debut,
51 by knockout, in the 1970’s. Zarate was stopped in his
53rd fight by Puerto Rican star Wilfredo Gomez in the fifth
round of their 1978 WBC super bantamweight World
The only member of the exclusive 50-0 Club to retire
undefeated is Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. in fifth place
The four inactive boxers in the club – Chavez, Pep, Zarate,
and Mayweather – are inducted in the International Boxing
Hall of Fame.
Rocky Marciano and Brian Nielson (49), Larry Holmes (48),
Ricardo Lopez (47), Joe Calzaghe (46-0) and Jim Barry (45)
all came close to 50-0 memberships. Lopez (51-0-1) fought a
draw in his 48th pro fight with Rosendo Alvarez.
Ramirez is closing in on boxing history as he fights for his
legacy. Five years after he retires, “Zurdo” should
rightfully join the four Hall of Famers who are presently
ahead of him on the 50-Club list.