Gilberto Ramirez not bothered by underdog position in opposition to Bivol: ‘I got here from nothing’

Zurdo Ramirez assaults the physique of Dominic Boesel. Photograph by Tom Hogan / Golden Boy Promotions

Gilberto Ramirez is used to seeing his title first on combat posters, however the undefeated contender will now assume the position of underdog challenger when he faces WBA mild heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol on November 5 in Abu Dhabi within the United Arab Emirates.

The 31-year-old from Mazatlan, Mexico isn’t bothered by that distinction.

“That doesn’t matter, as a result of I got here from Mexico, I got here from nothing and now I’ll conquer,” stated “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 knockouts) at Tuesday’s media exercise at Brickhouse Boxing Membership in North Hollywood, Calif.

Ramirez is using excessive on a five-fight knockout streak since stepping up in weight from tremendous middleweight, the place he beforehand held the WBO title. Now he’ll face his greatest check in Bivol, the Kyrgyzstan-born boxer who ascended to the pound for pound checklist together with his convincing defeat of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez this previous Could to solidify his championship standing. Ramirez says he has revenge on his thoughts.

“He’s a troublesome man, he’s an actual problem. Now he beat Canelo and I need to do the rematch for all Mexican folks,” stated Ramirez, previous to getting within the ring with coach Julian Chua for a exercise.

“I anticipate one of the best combat that night time. I anticipate Dmitriy Bivol to be actually ready for this combat. He’s actually motivated. It is going to be a conflict that night time.”

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya, whose firm Golden Boy Promotions helped maneuver Ramirez into place for this large combat alternative, says he sees strengths – and weaknesses – in Bivol that haven’t but been totally exploited.

“I see an entire fighter, I see nice footwork, I see good energy however I do see limitations as properly. I do see that Bivol, when pressed particularly in opposition to an even bigger fighter, I really feel that Bivol just isn’t going to know what to do. I strongly really feel that, when he fought Canelo, he needed Canelo to press him, he needed Canelo to make errors as a result of he knew Canelo solely throws one punch at a time,” stated De La Hoya, an Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Famer with loads of large combat expertise of his personal.

“‘Zurdo’ has to go in there with numerous strain, use his peak and use his weight, but in addition throw punches in bunches as a result of the primary punch just isn’t gonna land…however what in regards to the second, the third, the fourth punch? That may knock you out.”

The combat can be broadcast reside on DAZN.

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