Roy Jones Jr Warns Dmitry Bivol Against Underestimating Zurdo!
On November 5, one-time WBO 168-pound champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) will challenge reigning WBA light heavyweight Super champ Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi live on DAZN. Ramirez has been craving a fight with Bivol since moving to 175 pounds.
Ramirez will be facing a defending champion who is on a roll. In his previous outing in May 2022, Bivol
defeated the current undisputed super middleweight champion and former 3Kings Boxing top ranked fighter Canelo Alvarez. It was a high-profile bout and a signature win.
Given that backdrop, fans, bookies, and prognosticators view Bivol as the favorite. But one person
who gives Ramirez an excellent chance to win is Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. During an exclusive interview with FightHype, the four-division world champ warns that “Zurdo” has enough in his arsenal to give Bivol fits and win.
“This kid Ramirez is a real problem. This kid Ramirez can fight. He’s underrated, looking for an opportunity to make himself known. This kid can fight. He’s undefeated, he’s a former super middleweight champ. Nobody has beaten him yet. So, this is a puzzle that also hasn’t been solved.”
DON’T SLEEP ON ZURDO
This is a really good fight for Bivol. Bivol has to be careful not to sleep on Ramirez just him because he’s coming off the win against Canelo – a win that has garnered plenty of praise for the champ. He is fighting a guy that’s relatively unknown, but a very dangerous fighter. He can’t afford to not bring his best against Ramirez.
A mandatory challenger, “Zurdo” is an excellent fighter who is taller, longer, and physically bigger
than the champ, despite spending the bulk of his career at 168. The southpaw fighter has boxing skills. An underrated aspect of his game is his ability to fight inside. He’s one of the better body-punchers in the division.
It all shapes up for an interesting fight in Abu Dhabi. If the champ is off his game, he’s in danger.
Should he lose, the Hall of Famer gave you a fair warning.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.