“Zurdo” Ramirez Bringing his A-Game Against Dmitry Bivol on November 5!
For over a year, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) has been chasing a fight against reigning WBA light heavyweight Super champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs). That opportunity finally comes as the two will square off on November 5 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, live on DAZN.
On August 31, a press conference took place in Abu Dhabi to formally announce the match. Both men were cordial with one another. Respect was there from all parties involved. But don’t let the kindness and the smiles fool you, especially on the part of Ramirez.
The former WBO 168-pound champ and the current WBA mandatory contender at 175, he is a fighter burning with a desire to win. During an interview with iFL TV, the 31-year-old from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico spoke about why he feels he can win.
READY TO BRING HIS BEST
“My confidence is my preparation and my team and everything. I know I will conquer the fight […] I know that he is confident too because he beat one of the best in the world, Canelo (Alvarez). I think it will be an exciting fight.
[…] I’m bigger than Dmitry Bivol. I will use my reach, too. It will be exciting, and you will see the best ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez.”
Bivol’s win over reigning undisputed super middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez in May 2022 was his most recent outing. It was the high-profile fight the light heavyweight champ craved his entire career. It put him on a new pedestal for boxing fans and pundits.
ONLY ONE OUTCOME IN HIS MIND
But none of that matters to Zurdo. Lurking in the shadows while others at 168 and 175 have grabbed the spotlight, he feels this is his time. When asked how his upcoming bout with Bivol will play out, Ramirez was emphatic with his prediction
“Raise my hand. Raise my hand, and that’s all that matters for me because I wanna become a two-time world champion, and this is the moment for me.”
Ramirez is different in style and physical make-up from Alvarez. At 6’2”, the southpaw challenger is two inches taller than Bivol. At his best, he throws punches in bunches with plenty of power. On paper, this is an opponent capable of giving Bivol one of his toughest fights to date.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.