Mexico’s Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (42-0, 28 KOs) is marching full steam ahead in his quest to capture a world title at the light heavyweight limit of 175-pounds.
On July 9th in Los Angeles, Ramirez picked up an impressive knockout victory over Sullivan Barrera. He used body shots to score several knockdowns for a stoppage win in four rounds.
“I knew it was a matter of time, it is something that we Mexicans do [with body shots]. I already had it planned. [Sullivan] never expected the attack to go downstairs and that my punches would be so hard. I had studied him very well and, apart from that, I had sparred with him. This was eight years ago, in Big Bear [California]. I was a middleweight back then; he was already a light heavyweight,” Ramirez told Jose Luis Camarillo.
Ramirez, 30-years-old has already held the WBO super middleweight world championship. He was the champion between April 2016 and December 2018. He eventually vacated the belt to make move to 175.
With his new promotional agreement with Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, Ramirez feels fully confident in landing a fight with WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol. Both Ramirez and Bivol are being showcased by streaming service DAZN.
“To fight for the world title against Dmitry Bivol… that’s the idea, we are already in talks. I feel ready. The question is to ask the champions if they are ready. Bivol has had a good record, but he’s never faced a rival like Zurdo Ramirez,” Ramirez said.
“My goal is to win all the titles, to be a unified champion.”
And his overall goal is to land a showdown with fellow Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“That is the fight that people want to see. I believe that I am at my best and that everything will come in due time,” Ramirez said.