Former World Champion Reportedly Moves On From Top Rank
A history-making champion is looking to test the market. ESPN was the first to report that Gilberto Ramirez will not be renewing his current contract with Top Rank. As a result, the 29-year-old has become a free agent. The split is reportedly amicable.
“His contract with Top Rank is up, so as of today he’s free to negotiate with anyone,” manager David Suh said to ESPN.
“We wish his team the best of luck in the future,” said Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti.
Ramirez (40-0) is the first Mexican super-middleweight champion in boxing history. He won the title in 2016, beating Arthur Abraham via unanimous decision. Ramirez defended the title five times, beating Max Bursak, Roamer Alexis Angulo, and Jesse Hart twice. The “Golden Southpaw” posted the following on his Instagram:
“As I move towards a different direction, I’d like to thank Bob Arum and the entire Top Rank family for supporting my career and always being a class act. I look forward to the next chapter in my life and getting back in the ring this year. There are a lot of exciting fights that can happen in the division and I’m here to take over. Period.”
Following his last defense against Hart, Ramirez made the move to light-heavyweight. In April 2019, Ramirez fought Tommy Karpency to a corner retirement win. He would land 83 out of 316 punches during the fight.
After Canelo Alvarez beat Sergiy Kovalev for the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title in 2019, the title was vacated. A four-man tournament was planned to crown a new champion, with Ramirez one of the competitors in consideration. He decided to decline to focus on his contract and other projects.
It is unknown where Ramirez will land now that he is no longer with Top Rank. As a top talent, it is expected several entities (Matchroom, PBC) will look to entice Ramirez to join them.
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A medida que avanzo hacia una dirección diferente, me gustaría agradecer a Bob Arum y a toda la familia Top Rank por apoyar mi carrera y ser siempre profesionales. Espero con ansias el próximo capítulo de mi vida y volver al ring este año. Hay muchas peleas emocionantes que pueden suceder en la división y estoy aquí para asumir el control. Hoy, soy todo lo que he trabajado desde mis días de infancia en Mazatlán sinaloa y no hubiera sido posible sin el apoyo interminable de todos mis fanáticos, familiares y amigos. Aprecio todo el amor y el apoyo a lo largo de los años. Trabajo, entreno y lucho para que se sientan orgullosos y demostrar que un niño sin nada puede convertirse en algo. La historia recién comienza. Estén atentos y que comience el espectáculo, AGENTE LIBRE… #ZurdoPromotions #FreeAgent – As I move towards a different direction, I’d like to thank Bob Arum and the entire Top Rank family for supporting my career and always being a class act. I look forward to the next chapter in my life and getting back in the ring this year. There are a lot of exciting fights that can happen in the division and I’m here to take over. Period. Today, I am everything I’ve worked for since my childhood days in Mazatlán, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the endless support of all my fans, family, and friends. I appreciate all the love and support throughout the years. I work, train and fight to make you guys proud and show that a kid with nothing can become something. The story is just getting started. Stay tuned and let the show begin… #ZurdoPromotions #FreeAgent