Gilberto Ramirez vs. Gabriel Rosado & Joseph Diaz vs. Mercito Gesta on March 18th in Long Beach, CA

By Boxing News - 02/17/2023 - Comments

By Dan Ambrose: Gilberto Ramirez fights Gabriel Rosado in the headliner, while Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz battles journeyman Mercito Gesta in the chief support bout in a Golden Boy Promotions show on DAZN at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California. The event starts streaming on DAZN at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The former WBO super middleweight champion Ramirez (44-1, 30 KOs) is trying to bounce back from his one-sided loss to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol last November in Abu Dhabi.

Ramirez looked totally unprepared and overwhelmed for the fight against the unbeaten Bivol and was never remotely competitive.

Why is Zurdo Ramirez fighting a middleweight?

Interestingly, instead of coming back from that loss against a light heavyweight contender, the 31-year-old Ramirez will be facing 37-year-old middleweight Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs), who at this point in his career is no longer a major player at 160.

Rosado has lost his last three fights and looks totally done as a fighter. Golden Boy electing to match Ramirez against Rosado for the main event on DAZN suggests a couple of things.

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Firstly, they appear to have little confidence in Ramirez’s ability to beat contenders at 175 after the way he was dominated by Bivol, and secondly, they’re giving DAZN badly-needed content, as tons of fans on social media are saying they’re canceling their subscriptions with the streaming giant after receiving emails yesterday, saying that the yearly price has risen steeply.

How many fans will be interested enough to watch Ramirez fight Rosado in a clear mismatch is anyone’s guess, but given the reaction, it’s not expected to be much.

Ramirez should be fighting a contender to come back from his loss, and be involved in a fight that boxing fans would be interested in keeping their subscriptions with DAZN to watch him. ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez should be fighting someone like Craig Richards, Lyndon Arthur, Anthony Yarde, Joe Smith Jr, or Joshua Buatsi.

Again, it appears that Ramirez’s promoters lack confidence in him. Hence, he’s being matched against an old middleweight in Rosado, who comes into the fight with three straight losses.

JoJo Diaz taking a confidence booster

In the chief support bout, the struggling 30-year-old lightweight Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz (32-3-1, 15 KOs) will fight journeyman Mercito Gesta (33-3-3, 17 KOs) in a 12 round bout.

This is another deeply troubling fight, as Diaz should be fighting better opposition than this, even though he’s coming off a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision loss to William Zepeda last October. Diaz is still more than good enough to beat contenders, but he obviously needs to move back down to 130 or 126 because he’s too small & weak for the 135-lb division.

The money is better at lightweight, but what’s the point if Diaz lacks the size & power to win in that weight class? Diaz will wreck his career and will no longer be in demand as a B-side opponent for the top dogs at lightweight.

“I am ready to come back and show fans that I still have what it takes to be at the top,” said Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. “Mercito Gesta is no easy foe, but I am sure we’re going to put on a great show on March 18. Thank you to Golden Boy and my manager, Rick Mirigian.”