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Gilberto Ramirez more deserving of GGG fight than DeGale

Gennady Golovkin James DeGaleBy Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions made mention this week of having his highly popular fighter Gennady “GGG” Golovkin move up to super middleweight to face the talented new WBO 168lb champion Gilberto Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) this year if WBC belt holder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and/or WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders don’t step up to the plate to face Gennady.

Well, there’s already so grumbling from boxing fans wondering why Loeffler wasn’t mentioning IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale as a potential opponent for GGG to fight at 168 this year. Since no one is spelling it out why the 24-year-old Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) is the target for Gennady, I’ll just say it myself.

The reason why Loeffler and Triple G want Ramirez is because he earned a fight against Gennady because he beat arguably the longest lasting of the current super middleweight champions in Arthur Abraham. Ramirez gave Abraham a boxing lesson last Saturday night in beating him black and blue in winning a 12 round decision. Before that, Abraham had been the WBO title holder for two years since besting Robert Stieglitz in 2014 in beating him by a 12 round decision.

Abraham defended his WBO title five times successfully until he was WHIPPED by Ramirez by a 12 round decision on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley 3 card on HBO pay-per-view. Ramirez has a large fan base, DeGale does not. Ramirez would help make a fight against Golovkin a pay-per-view worthy fight.

Golovkin vs. DeGale would be lucky to bring in even 50,000 PPV buys on HBO in my view. It’s not like DeGale is a household name in the United States. He hasn’t fought enough times in the U.S to make himself popular, and when he did fight there., he barely beat Andre Dirrell last year. That was a fight that Dirrell would have won had he not been knocked down twice. It was close even with the knockdowns. That wasn’t a fight that DeGale won over the U.S audience because he failed to dominate Dirrell, and was fortunate to get the win.

Right now, Ramirez is seen as the third option for Golovkin if Canelo or Saunders don’t face him. I think it’s pretty clear that we’re going to be seeing Golovkin and Ramirez battling it out on HBO later this year in an exciting fight. Should be good, and I can see that fight bringing in a mess of PPV buys.

I think Golovkin vs. Zurdo Ramirez is a great fight. Ramirez is learning to speak English well so that the fans know what he’s saying, and he’s got a lot of charisma. With DeGale, he doesn’t have charisma in my view, and I don’t think he can attract interest in a fight against Golovkin. It would be a waste of time for Golovkin to fight DeGale because it would be pretty much the same thing as Golovkin facing Dominic Wade. The last thing that Golovkin needs is to move up to 168 and face a no name that the casual boxing fans have never heard of and don’t want to bother seeing.

I can see the Golovkin vs. Ramirez fight doing well on HBO PPV. If the fight is competitive and brings in a lot of PPV buys, we could even have a rematch between those two fighters one of these days. Ramirez is on his way to superstardom and it’s good that Golovkin is getting a fight against him now before he’s got to that level. Once Ramirez become a huge star, he might throw a bone to GGG later on down the line when he’s become an older fighter and is no longer the dominant guy that he is now. I think that would be something that GGG would be thankful for if he could get a second fight against Ramirez after he becomes a big name in boxing.

As for DeGale, I think he’s got a lot of work to do before he can ever become a big enough name to fight a talent like Golovkin. Can DeGale ever get to that point? I’d say no. But if he does, he’ll need to smash the other super middleweights like Badou Jack, George Groves, Callum Smith, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

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