42-0 Gilberto Ramirez On Mission To Take Dmitry Bivol’s
WBA Super Light Heavyweight Title Belt
Undefeated Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez’ stock recently rose
even higher after his sensational fourth-round stoppage of
world title challenger Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs),
positioning the gifted Mexican boxer for a world title shot
in the light heavyweight division, and putting the three
world champions on notice.
After notching his 42nd pro victory without a loss, “Zurdo”
drew rave reviews for his impressive performance and
all-around style, which showcased a punishing body attack,
decking Barrera three different times. It’s important to
note that Barrera went the distance with Hall of Famer Andre
Ward and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry
Bivol didn’t finish off the Cuban until the 12th round.
The 30-year Ramirez, who made his debut under the Golden Boy
banner, issued a loud statement to the three reigning world
light heavyweight champions: Bivol, Artur Beterbiev
(WBC/IBF) and Joe Smith, Jr. (WBO).
“I knew I had to come out strong and make a statement,”
Ramirez spoke about the Barrera fight. “Barrera is a tough,
strong opponent who has fought the best. I had visioned all
this in training camp and wanted to showcase my skills.
Golden Boy did a great job promoting the show and I wanted
to make sure I did my best job in the ring.
“I’ve always loved going to the body early. My team and I
have worked on several areas including the improvement of my
body shots that was evident during the fight. I’m at my best
today! I’m comfortable at this weight and believe the
combination of my new and improved power and ring experience
makes me a dangerous fighter.”
Prior to Ramirez’ fight versus Barrera, Bivol (18-0 11 KOs)
posted the following on social media: “@zurdoramirez, I’ve
never avoided a challenge. Good luck to you in the fight
against Barrera and after that let’s make it happen.”
“Zurdo” has a better shot at fighting Bivol this year than
the other two world champions who are tentatively scheduled
to face each other in a unification fight. Ramirez and Bivol
want this fight, as do their respective camps, along with
boxing fans worldwide. They’ve both also fought on DAZN as
“Bivol is definitely one of my main targets,” Ramirez
explained. “Both our teams have explored the fight and they
know where to find me. After calling me out on the internet,
I’ll be surprised if he retracts from his comments; it’s
boxing and you can never be too confident until contracts
are signed. He called me out on social media and his side
knows I’m available. If it doesn’t happen, I’m sure he would
have a good reason why, but, at the end of the day, I’m
100-percent for this fight and his team is fully aware of
Ramirez couldn’t have been happier with his Golden Boy
“It was exactly how I had envisioned,” Ramirez concluded.
“Oscar (de la Hoya) and his entire staff were great and
really made us feel comfortable throughout the process. It
was a great show and I really enjoyed working our first of
many shows together.”
Will Bivol accept the challenge and fight “Zurdo”? Stay
tuned, the clock’s ticking.