Dmitry Bivol vs. Gilberto Ramirez – fast approaching
By Dan Ambrose: WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitriy Bivol will defend his title in less than a month against Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez on November 5th on DAZN at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) has got to win this fight to ensure that his rematch with Canelo Alvarez takes place next year, as the Mexican star has already told the boxing world that he won’t fight Dmitry again unless he wins against Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs).
There are a lot of fans that are picking Ramirez to win this fight based on what he did during his reign as the WBO super middleweight champion from 2016 to 2018.
Although Ramirez never fought anyone particularly talented during those years, he won over many fans with his slugging fighting style. His Ramirez’s best win during his time as the WBO 168-lb champion was arguably against Jesse Hart.
“Eventually, I want to move up and be a different class champion, and that’s the goal,” said Gilberto Ramirez to Prodigy of Boxing Talk when asked if he plans on moving up to cruiserweight soon.
“I’m a big guy, and eventually, my body will grow up, and why not? Explore different divisions,” said Ramirez about him moving up to heavyweight someday.
“The old school wanted to fight the best. We remember those types of fights, and that’s what we want to do. I want to be busy; I want to be active. People want to see me more, and that’s what I want to do in the future.
“I’m very happy to be part of the family at Golden Boy. They’re doing a great job, and they will continue to do it. It’s great for boxing. I’m 31. Maybe seven, eight, or nine,” said Ramirez about how many more years he figures to continue in the sport.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) October 8, 2022
“It’s a very complicated fight with Ramirez being a southpaw. He’s long, he’s rangy, and he’s going to want to come and box Bivol,” said Alexis Rocha to K.O. Artist Sports.
“Bivol is a boxer as well. If Ramirez comes to change up his style, I think Bivol is going to want to box him and counter-punch him, so it’s going to be an interesting fight to see.
“I’d give the edge to Ramirez in that. The longer fighter, not the fresher fighter, but the longer and more skilled fighter, I would say,” said Alexis.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) October 8, 2022
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