Zurdo Ramirez: “I Can Take Anthony Joshua! I Can Fight Deontay Wilder!”

Gilberto Ramirez Sizing Up Fights with Former Heavyweight Champions

Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua side-eye Gilberto Ramirez
Deontay Wilder (top), Gilberto Ramirez (right), Anthony Joshua | Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images (Wilder) Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing (Joshua)

Gilberto Ramirez Sizes Up Former Heavyweight Champions Joshua and Wilder!

With the lack of big fight opportunities coming his way, former WBO 168-pound champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (43-0, 29KOs) is ready to secure a big fight, even if it means moving up to heavyweight to get it. At his press conference to formally announce his May 14 fight with Dominic Boesel, Zurdo told Fight Hub TV of his lofty heavyweight ambitions.


“I think bridgerweight, then heavyweight […] I’m tall and I just need to put on more muscle and I think I can beat a few heavyweights. Like AJ (Anthony Joshua), I can take him. I can fight with Wilder, […] Who knows, right? But I think the time will come and my body will know when it’s the time.”

So, when might the move to heavyweight happen?

“I think four or five years, (for) heavyweight, of course.”

Those are some huge proclamations made by Ramirez. At 6’2 and a half, he definitely has the frame to compete at bridgerweight and cruiserweight. However, at heavyweight, that’s a whole other discussion. One also must ask how his body will acclimate to the punishment at a significantly higher weight against guys who are naturally much bigger than he is.

The fact that Ramirez mentioned Joshua and Wilder as the fighters he wants to face undoubtedly says he sees flaws in both fighters that he feels he can exploit. However, if we’re being realistic, neither fight will likely ever happen. For one, Ramirez is signed with Golden Boy and fights on DAZN; Wilder isn’t fighting on that platform as he’s with PBC. Secondly, while AJ fights on DAZN, Ramirez isn’t a big enough name to lure AJ into the ring with him. Lastly, in four or five years, both Wilder and Joshua are likely to be retired from the sport.

However, if these fights did happen, Ramirez’s chances would be slim to none. Both Wilder and Joshua possess knockout power that can severely hurt an opponent. While he’s a good fighter, Ramirez hasn’t shown the boxing world he’s a transcendent talent capable of using his skills and ring IQ to overcome the physical disadvantages he’d face against either fighter.

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By: Jerrell Fletcher

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