Ramirez Overpowers, Retains WBO Title
WBO Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs) pulled off a dominating win over Habib Ahmed (25-1-1, 17 KOs) to retain his title at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
This was Ramirez’s third defense of the WBO title since winning it from Arthur Abraham in April 2016, while this was Ahmed’s first shot a major world boxing championship, and his first bout in the United States after competing in Africa.
Some brief exchanges as the two moved around the ring and felt each other out to start things. Ramirez’s punches were crisper and landing often though. Ahmed stood his ground a little in the second, trying to find a way around Ramirez’s size and reach advantage, and while he did, Ramirez was clearly in control of the action and landing a lot more.
Ahmed showed decent counter-punching skills in the third. Action is paused briefly due to an accidental clash of heads. A hard shot to the body rocked Ahmed a bit, as Ramirez makes him eat punches until the end of the round. Round four saw Ramirez force Ahmed into retreat once more. Ahmed was sidestepping against the ropes, looking to try to get in on the inside.
Ramirez followed Ahmed around the ring in the fifth, making him eat flurries of punches, while any punch Ahmed can throw just got eaten by a block. Ahmed showed heart and took the punishment, including a couple of stunning punches, but it was an absolute dominating round from Ramirez. Ramirez connected with 84 punches through five rounds, while Ahmed has hit just 20 punches.
Ahmed got hurt with a jab and body punches. Ahmed was forced up against the ropes, eating a flurry of punches and Ahmed is forced into retreat. Ramirez rocked the challenger with a huge left hand, and all Ahmed could do is run around the ring until getting caught again. After too many head shots, Ahmed’s corner throws in the towel
Official Result: Ramirez retains via 6th-round TKO (2:31)
Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KOs) retained his IBF Super Flyweight Championship with a victory over Israel Gonzalez (21-2, 8 KOs) in the co-main event.
Ancajas’ control was set from the start, as he scored a knockdown with a left hand a little less than a minute into the opening round. Gonzalez was patient for the rest of the round, looking like he wanted to counter. Gonzalez put up a better performance in the second and third rounds, but he threw just 34 punches in total through the first three rounds. In addition, Ancajas’ uppercut was opening up Gonzalez’s guard.
In the middle rounds, Gonzalez, showing off a bit of a strong chin, started to apply the much-needed pressure, forcing Ancajas into retreat. Ancajas, however, fired back and the two had a firefight in the middle of the ring. Gonzalez continued to try and play counter-fighter in the middle rounds.
The seventh round saw Gonzalez countered away early on, firing away a combination for every punch Ancajas threw. But Ancajas hit Gonzalez consistently throughout the round. At the end of the eighth, Gonzalez landed just 38 shots. Ancajas was throwing stronger punches — and they were only jabs.
It all led to the 10th, when Ancajas hurt Gonzalez with a lead right hand and a flurry of punches sent Gonzalez to the canvas. While Gonzalez answered the count, the damage was done, and all it took was one more hook for Ancajas to put the challenger away.
Official Result: Ancajas retains via 10th round KO (1:50)