Zurdo vs. Gonzalez: Gilberto Ramirez LA Media Quotes
Light heavyweight Mexican superstar, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (42-0, 28 KOs) hosted a media workout today ahead of his WBA Light Heavyweight eliminator against the dangerous Yunieski “The Monster” Gonzalez (21-3, 17 KOs) on Saturday, December 18. The 12-round event is set to take place at San Antonio’s AT&T Center and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN worldwide.
Also in attendance was East Los Angeles’ undefeated boxing sensation, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (21-0, 8 KOs, who will be putting her WBA Minimumweight World title on the line against Maria “La Imparable” Santizo (9-0, 5 KOs) in a 10-round DAZN co-main event on December 18. Los Angeles based undefeated boxing prospects, Victor Morales (15-0, 8 KOs) of Vancouver, WA and Raul “Cougar” Curiel (10-0, 8 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico were also in attendance as they are set to participate in the Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch portion of the December 18th’s fight card. Morales is set to participate in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC International Gold Featherweight title against Los Angeles’ undefeated Rudy Garcia (12-0, 2 KOs). Curiel, will face-off against Ruslan Madiyev (13-2, 5 KOs) of Indio, CA in a 10-round fight for the NABF Welterweight Title.
Below are what the fighters had to say about their upcoming events:
Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Former World Champion and Undefeated Light Heavyweight Contender:
“I think my fight against Sullivan Barrera this past July, showed my strengths as a fighter. I was able to put on a great performance and show everyone that I am someone to take note of in the light heavyweight division. Barrera had a lot of experience, he had faced many great champions and I stopped him. No one had stopped him like I did, and I think that showed that I am ready for big challenges in the division.
“San Antonio, has a big boxing fanbase and that is big for me and my career as a fighter. I have fought there before and people love my style of boxing, so they can expect a great performance from me on December 18.
“Gonzalez is a dangerous fighter. He accepted the fight to face me and that makes me think that he wants everything that I have and I am not going to let him take anything away from me. I have been training so hard to get to this level and I am not going to let anyone get in my way.”
Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada, WNA Minimumweight Champion:
“Texas is a great fight state. I fought in Texas as an amateur, and I recently fought in Texas this past March for the world title and the atmosphere was amazing. To be coming back and defending my world title in San Antonio, I know the fans are going to be great so I am very excited to be coming back. I love Texas.
“I go into every fight thinking that every opponent is a threat so I never overlook any opponent. She’s 9-0, so it’s a good match up, two undefeated fighters. I have been studying her a lot and have learned her strengths and I see her weakness. I just have been preparing myself to be the best that I can be, fixing any mistakes that I make, and overall just making myself better in every-way.
“Now being a two-division world champion, I thinking that I have to continue to be even more focused and not get too comfortable. I feel like my mentality is so much stronger going into this fight because I know that I am a multiple world champion and I want to keep it that way. It’s like what Oscar said to me ‘winning a world championship is one thing, but to keep it and remain champion is more difficult.’ And that is something that has stuck with me, because he is so right about that.”
Victor Morales, Undefeated Featherweight Prospect:
“This is my first professional fight for a title, and it means everything to me. It’s a fight that is going to put me in the rankings, it puts me a step closer to fighting for a world title.
“My opponent and I have similar records on paper, and it’s a moment for us to show who is the hungrier fighter. This is so important for both of us.
“We have been doing everything to prepare for this fight, from sparring 12-rounds, to intense strength and condition, to mental work; everything. It’s not all physical, it’s mental, and you have to prepare yourself for that, it’s really important. Thankfully, things have been going well, and I feel strong, the strongest I have ever felt.
Raul “Cougar” Curiel, NABF Welterweight Champion:
“This is my first title defense and I am ready physically, mentally, and spiritually. It’s going to be a good fight, an entertaining fight, and I can’t wait to put on a good show.
“This is going to be my third fight this year. My last fight was on June 19, also in Texas, and the fans got to know me there when I won the title initially. I hoping for this fight to be a war, my challenger is very tough, its a big test for me. I can’t wait to step into the ring.
“The Texas audience is so special to me because there is a lot of support for the sport of boxing. In addition, my family is out there too. I have a lot of family in San Antonio, and I can’t wait for them to see me in the ring.”
Gilberto Ramirez Wants To Fight Dmitry Bivol
Frustrated by Dmitry Bivol’s silence, even after Team Zurdo and Golden Boy Promotions sent the World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Heavyweight World Super Champion a legitimate contract offer, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez now has a clear path to his first World title shot in the light heavyweight division.
Ramirez (42-0, 28 KOs) has been matched against Yunieski “The Monster” Gonzalez (21-3, 17 KOs) on December 18 in San Antonio (TX) in the official WBA Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator to determine Bivol’s mandatory challenger.
“I’m excited to end the year with this eliminator bout,” Ramirez said. “This is the path I’ve been planning for and I’m very humbled and honored to be in this position. The WBA is a great organization and I appreciate Mr. Gilberto Mendoza for allowing me to be in this position.”
Bivol (18-0, 11 KOs) expressed his desire to fight Ramirez before and after the latter knocked out Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs) this past this past July. Suddenly, though, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearns claimed that Bivol would instead fight John Ryder next month in the United Kingdom, and then target WBA and WBC Super Middleweight Champion “Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs), at either 168 or 175 pounds.
“I was surprised when Bivol turned down the fight we offered because it was something I thought he wanted. I know he’s a tough warrior and aspires to be the best, which is why I was surprised. He publicly called me out and sand that he was ‘ready.’ But unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case on his end. Again, in boxing, this seems like a common scenario where a fighter barks and barks, but he can’t back it up when it’s time to fight. With this fight (vs. Gonzalez) in place, Bivol has nowhere to run, and he will eventually have to face me.
“I’m not sure why Bivol thinks Canelo will face him in the near future. The probability of that happening within the next three fights is very, very low for him. Sadly, I think he’s just the cannon fodder for this scenario.”
The first Mexican to capture the World super middleweight title, “Zurdo” has waited too long to risk his first World title opportunity in the 175-pound division to look past the dangerous Gonzalez’ (21-3, 17 KOs). Ramirez and Gonzalez, respectively, are rated No. 3 and No. 4 by the WBA, and their 12-round main event will headline a Golden Boy-promoted card to be streamed live on DAZN.
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