Gilberto Ramirez Finally Gets A World Title Shot Against Dmitry Bivol
In case you didn't know: Gilberto Ramirez is the first boxer from Mexico to win a major world title at super middleweight.
Former WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (44-0, 30 KOs) will finally lock horns against the unbeaten WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) on November 5.
The anticipated match-up between the two light heavyweights will be held at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
“I am really happy and motivated because I have waited for this world title shot for a long time. I cannot wait to be in Abu Dhabi on November 5,” said Ramírez, ranked first by the WBA and second by the WBO.
“He has been avoiding me for the last couple of years, but now, he has nowhere to go, so now is the time,” said Ramírez.
“It will be an exciting fight for me and the fans, and this is a fight that the fans have been asking for a long time. Now, two of the best fighters in the light heavyweight division will fight one another.”
The 31-year-old competed against two WBA world title eliminators as he knocked out Yunieski Gonzalez and Dominic Boesel in the tenth and fourth rounds, respectively.
“It is good that he is favoured to win because it motivates me even more for this fight. As a proud Mexican, it would be an honour for me to get revenge for the Mexican people after [fellow countrymen] Canelo’s loss,” said Ramírez.
Bivol has secured eight world title defenses, including an upset win over four-division world champion Canelo Alvarez. The 31-year-old is tipped as the favorite to defend his title again as he goes one-on-one against Ramirez.