Former WBO 168 World Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez at 42-0!
By Ken Hissner: Former unbeaten WBO World Super Middleweight champion southpaw Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez is currently at 42-0.
In his thirty-fourth fight, Ramirez, in April of 2016, won the WBO World Super Middleweight title defeating “King” Arthur Abraham, 44-4, winning all 12 rounds in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Abraham’s ninth defense.
Ramirez would make five successful defenses starting a year later in April of 2017, defeating Ukraine’s Maksym, “Tiger” Bursak, 33-4-1, in Carson, CA. Next, he would defeat Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 22-0, of Philadelphia, in September.
In February of 2018, Ramirez stopped Ghana’s Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed, 25-0-1, in six rounds in Corpus Christi, TX. In June, he defeated Colombian Roamer Angulo, 23-0, of DR, in Oklahoma City, OK. In his final defense again, he defeated Hart, 25-1, by majority decision in Corpus Christi, TX, in December of 2018.
The Mexican boxer moved up to light heavyweight in April of 2019, stopping southpaw Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency, 29-6-1, in four rounds in L.A. In December of 2020, he won the NABF title, stopping Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez, 32-3, in 10 rounds in Texas.
In his last fight, he knocked out Cuban Sullivan Barrera, 22-3, in four rounds in L.A., improving to 42-0 with 28 knockouts.
Ramirez started boxing at age 12 in Mexico. At age 19, he won his first minor title as a professional in his fifteenth fight stopping Rogelio “Porky“ Medina, 23-0, for the vacant WBC Youth Middleweight title in 6 rounds in December of 2010.
Ramirez would make six successful title defenses before winning his second and third minor titles in April of 2014, stopping Giovanni Lorenzo, 33-6, for the vacant NABO and NABF Super Middleweight titles in five rounds in Las Vegas, Nevada, in his twenty-eighth fight.
Ramirez, in his next fight, added his fourth title, the vacant WBO International title stopping Junior Talipeau, 20-2-1, in the first round. Then four more wins before winning the world title.
Ramirez, at age 30, is currently No. 2 in the WBO and No. 4 in the IBF and IBO light heavyweight rankings.
Current world champions are USA’s Joe Smith, Jr., 27-3, of the WBO, Russian out of Canada Artur Beterbiev, 16-0, of the IBF and WBC, out of Russia Dmitry Bivol, 18-0, of the WBA and Germany’s Robin Krasniqi, 51-6, of the IBO.
Through Ramirez’s manager David Suh we were able to make contact for some questions and answers.
KEN HISSNER: Is there anything scheduled for you at this time?
ZURDO: I’m waiting to hear back from my promoter Golden Boy. I’m ready for anyone. I know Bivol called me out on social media, and I’m 100% ready to fight him anytime.
KEN HISSNER: In your last fight, you stopped Sullivan Barrera, who defeated WBO champ Joe Smith, Jr., in 2017. Smith won the title in April and though just tested positive for Covid-19. You are ranked No. 2 for his title. Would you like that fight when he is cleared?
ZURDO: No doubt. I was the WBO Super Middleweight champ, and I’d like to accomplish the same in the Light Heavyweight division as well.
KEN HISSNER: Have you seen any of the world champs fight, and if you have, what is your opinion if you have any?
ZURDO: They are all special fighters, and I have taken a long road to be where they are. With that being said, I know I’m the best in the division.
KEN HISSNER: Anyone, in particular, you would like to fight among them?
ZURDO: I’m waiting for Bivol. I know he called me out on social media, and I’m 100% ready for him, and I’m calling him out. I’m waiting for him. I want to make it happen.
KEN HISSNER: Were there ever any talks in the past of fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez?
ZURDO: I’ve sparred with him, and he’s a great fighter. I know the fans always speculate this one, and maybe it happens, and maybe it’s something that happens in the future. Two Mexican warriors in the ring will be a great fight for all the fans.
KEN HISSNER: After your two wins over Jesse Hart, you decided to move up to light heavyweight. Do you feel best at this weight?
ZURDO: This is my natural weight, and I feel stronger, faster, and better at this weight than Super Middle.
KEN HISSNER: You haven’t fought in Mexico since 2013. Where are you living?
ZURDO: I live in Las Vegas but have training camps in Los Angeles.
KEN HISSNER: I want to thank you both of you for taking the time for the interview.
ZURDO: Thank you.
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