Gilberto Ramirez Says He Has the Tools to Beat Boxing Icon Canelo Alvarez
On May 7, the boxing world’s focus will be squarely on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada as Dmitry Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) defends the WBA Super light heavyweight title against reigning undisputed super middleweight champ “Canelo” Alvarez (57-1-2, 39). In particular, prominent fighters from 160-175 pounds will be watching with a vested interest in the outcome. One of those fighters is Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (43-0, 29 KOs).
A former WBO champion at 168 pounds, “Zurdo” moved up to 175 in 2019. Currently ranked second by the WBA and fourth by the WBO at light heavyweight, Ramirez will face number one ranked contender Dominic Boesel (32-2, 12 KOs) in a WBA light heavyweight world title eliminator on May 14.
A fellow Mexican, there’s been a linkage between Ramirez and Alvarez for years. During an exclusive interview with 3Kings Boxing, Ramirez was asked about facing Alvarez, should he defeat Bivol. The 30-year-old expressed a strong desire to fight him and believes he has the right stuff to beat the man ranked number one on 3KingsBoxing’s Top Ten Fighter rankings.
NO DOUBT IN HIS MIND
“That fight will happen, and definitely, I will beat this guy because I’m a better boxer, smarter guy, bigger than him. I believe in myself, I know that I can do it. I will prove to myself that I can do it, and it’s just a matter of time.”
A win by Ramirez over Boesel would make him the WBA light heavyweight mandatory contender and put him in line to face the winner of Bivol – Alvarez. One can understand why “Zurdo” wants that fight. Alvarez has reached superstar levels in this sport. In their home country of Mexico, the redhead is a living boxing icon. Conversely, Ramirez has often been looked at as the second fiddle.
Having signed with Golden Boy Promotions in 2021, the pride of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico feels he has the right team backing him and is in a better position to land such a fight. None of that matters if he does not take care of business against Boesel on May 14. But he yearns for the day to prove to his countrymen and the boxing world he is the best of the best.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.