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Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez not looking past Yunieski Gonzalez to Dmitry Bivol

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Too much is at stake for “Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez for the undefeated Mexican to look past his December 18th showdown with Yunieski “The Monster” Gonzalez (21-3, 17 KOs) to World Boxing Association Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol.

Not only is a mandatory challenger position at stake against Cuba-born Gonzalez, the perfect 42-0 (28 KOs) record is also on the line for “Zurdo” in his 12-round WBA Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator streaming live from San Antonio (TX) on DAZN. Ramirez’ promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, is presenting this event.

“I never look past any of my opponents, so I don’t have to avoid looking past Gonzalez in this fight,” Ramirez said. “I know Gonzalez is a come-forward fighter who likes to bang and fight, so I need to be careful with my approach. Just like any other fighter, my preparation for this fight has not changed. My team and I are still focused and never look beyond what’s in front of me.”

Gonzalez, 36, has won his last three fights, five of six, including the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Fedelatin Light Heavyweight Championship two fights agon, which he captured with a second-round knockout of Alex Theran (22-4) in Miami.

“He’s the No. 2 Cuban light heavyweight,” Ramirez added. “He’s been a problem to others, so I’ll need to be my best. No fighters are the same. I know Gonzalez likes to come forward more than your traditional Cuban fighter, but who knows what his style will look like on fight night? I’m preparing for all possibilities and hope to put on a show for the fans on December 18th.”

Ramirez, the first Mexican to capture the World super middleweight crown, is rated No. 4 by the WBA, Gonzalez No. 5. Their only common opponent is Tommy Karpency, who retired after the fourth round in 2019 to “Zurdo,” and he was stopped by Yunieski in the second round this past September.

“I’m confident in my training and preparation for this fight,” Ramirez concluded. “I’m ready for an all-out war, or a great boxing match. But, as always, I’m looking to finish him and get the KO victory.”


San Antonio, Texas boxing fans will be treated to a night full of non-stop action as Luis Hernandez (21-1, 19 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico, will face Rusian Madiyev (13-2, 5 KOs) of Indio, CA as the main event of the Golden Boy Fight Night broadcast on December 18. The fight featured as part of the undercard for Zurdo vs. Gonzalez is a scheduled 10-round super lightweight bout set to air starting at 3:00 p.m. CT on Facebook Watch. The main event of the night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio is headlined by light heavyweight superstar Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (42-0, 28 KOs) of Mazatlán, Mexico, and Cuba’s Yunieski “The Monster” Gonzalez (21-3, 17 KOs). The duo will face off in a 12-round fight for the WBA Light Heavyweight Title eliminator, live exclusively on DAZN worldwide.

Additional fights on the Golden Boy Fight Night card will feature two undefeated fighters, Victor Morales (15-0, 8KOs), of Vancouver, WA and Rudy Garcia (12-0, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA; who will put their records on the line in an 8-round featherweight fight. In addition, rising welterweight star Raul Curiel (10-0, 8 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico, is scheduled for a 10-round fight for the NABF Welterweight Title. His opponent will be announced shortly. Finally, opening up the event at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Nick Sullivan (4-0, 1 KO) of Norfolk, VA, will face Erick Benitez (2-1, 1 KO) of Guadalajara, Mexico, in a 4-round lightweight event.

“December 18 will be a night of non-stop action in San Antonio, Texas,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “We are delighted to be bringing great fights featuring some of the rising stars of boxing. Most of these fighters are putting their undefeated records on the line to prove they are the best. That’s what I love about boxing: fighters willing to leave everything in the ring to prove they are the next big star of the sport.”

Tickets for Zurdo vs. Gonzalez will go on sale TODAY, Friday, November 19 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. ET, and are priced at $150, $75, $50, $35 and $25 not including applicable service charges. Tickets will be available for purchase at or by using the Ticketmaster App on your mobile device.

Zurdo vs. Gonzalez is a 12-round fight for the WBA Light Heavyweight World Title Eliminator presented by Golden Boy in association with Zurdo Promotions. The event is sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and “BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” The fight will take place on Saturday, December 18, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN worldwide.

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