By Miguel Maravilla
Former world champion and undefeated Mexican mild heavyweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico appears to be like to grow to be a two-division world champion as goes up in opposition to undefeated WBA mild heavyweight champion Dmitrii Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) of Russia. Ramirez will get his shot at Bivol’s title on Saturday, November 5 at Etihad Area in Abu Dhabi, UAE dwell on DAZN.
“It’s an thrilling combat for me and all of boxing. I’m very grateful to have the ability to take this combat in opposition to Bivol, particularly since I’m very prepared for this. Your complete world will see Zurdo Ramirez and all of the potential I’ve,” Zurdo Ramirez advised Fightnews.com®. “This is a vital alternative preventing for a world title. I’ve been wanting this combat for the longest time and I’m very excited,” Ramirez added.
What has grow to be the newest development of main boxing fights held within the Center East, Andy Ruiz Jr Anthony Joshua rematch in Saudi Arabia, Oleksandr Usyk Anthony Joshua Rematch in Jeddah, and now with Zurdo vs. Bivol, Ramirez talked about preventing within the UAE for the primary time.
“On the finish of the day, it’s simply going to be me, him [Dmitry Bivol] and the referee within the ring. A brand new expertise for me. I’m pleased however within the ring it’s simply me and him. It’s an exquisite nation and I had a enjoyable time on the press convention,” Zurdo on preventing in Abu Dhabi.
Undefeated in his marketing campaign, Ramirez slowly rose-up the rankings at tremendous middleweight for his spectacular boxing potential and top as he fought below the Prime Rank banner. Profitable his first world title in 2016, Ramirez received a unanimous determination over Arthur Abraham in capturing the WBO tremendous middleweight title. Efficiently defending his title 5 occasions, Zurdo moved as much as mild heavyweight in 2020.
Selling his personal card in Galveston, Texas, Zurdo stopped Alfonso Lopez in ten rounds. Following that combat, Ramirez signed a promotional take care of Golden Boy Promotions final 12 months. Scoring a pair of knockouts in opposition to revered former world title challengers Sullivan Barrera in July and shutting out the 12 months stopping Yuniesky Gonzalez. Since these victories final 12 months, Zurdo has been calling out and asking for the combat with Dmitry Bivol, “I need you Bivol.”
“Since being with Golden Boy Promotions. Issues have been nice and now we’re prepared for this huge combat,” Ramirez mentioned.
Ramirez is coming off a fourth-round annihilation of Dominic Boesel this previous Might, the week after Bivol’s victory over Zurdo’s fellow countrymen Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Bivol, a product of the Russian beginner program and world champion since 2007, received a really convincing unanimous determination over Canelo in his final combat as he outboxed and outworked the Mexican celebrity on Cinco de Mayo weekend.
“Bivol has a terrific model, his footwork is sweet he’s all the time transferring, and has a great jab,” Zurdo on Bivol. “This shall be a unique combat, from how he fought Canelo. Each model is completely different, however he received’t do with me, what he did with Canelo,”
It’s no secret that Mexican boxing followers are loyal to their fighters with a ardour. Most see this as a chance for Zurdo to avenge Canelo and the Mexican boxing fan. Ramirez admits he was unhappy when Bivol defeated Canelo. Say what you need however that opened the door for the chance and combat Zurdo has coveted since transferring as much as mild heavyweight.
“It was unhappy to see him lose. We needed to see him win however Bivol did what he needed to do. Nevertheless, the consequence turned out in my favor. Everybody received to see what Bivol is about and now will see what I’m about. Zurdo is right here to avenge that victory,”
Curiously, Zurdo and Bivol shared the secure and served as sparring companions. It’s rumored that Ramirez received the higher of the classes as he apparently knocked down Bivol in the course of the sparring.
“We sparred collectively some time again and it was good work. We benefited from one another. Now right here we’re,” Zurdo on sparring with Bivol. “It wasn’t a knockdown, I by no means knocked him down however there was the place good rounds of labor and sparring,”
All through his gradual rise in his profession, Zurdo gave the impression to be overshadowed by fellow Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s reputation. As Canelo was making waves and already a world champion in 2013, that’s once I first got here throughout a really tall, expert, up-and-coming tremendous middleweight wiping out the sparring at a gymnasium. I used to be advised the child could be champion some day as a few of sparring companions he was giving suits had been already seasoned execs or extremely touted prospects coming off the 2012 Olympics.
“I’ve labored arduous to be on this place. The doorways have lastly opened, and this combat represents a terrific alternative,” Zurdo mentioned.
In what shall be Zurdo’s largest second and stage taking over Bivol, the Mexican hopes to land his second of fact. This combat represents a possible alternative for Zurdo to now grow to be Mexico’s face of boxing and celebrity. Zurdo’s preparation for Bivol is now underway in North Hollywood, California as he shall be making his approach to Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks previous to the combat.
“My camp is underway; I’ve been coaching and I’ll head out to Abu Dhabi two weeks earlier than the combat. The local weather is completely different it’s sort of like my hometown of Mazatlan. It’s only a matter of getting accustomed to the time change,” Zurdo on his preparation.
A win right here for Zurdo will catapult Ramirez to be Mexico’s subsequent star.
“I’m assured that I’ll win,” Zurdo vowed. “Don’t miss it Nov. fifth I’ll grow to be a two-time world champion. Mexico can have a brand new world champion,” Zurdo concluded.
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