Oscar De La Hoya Wants Zurdo Ramirez To Move Up To Cruiserweight
Oscar De La Hoya wants Zurdo Ramirez, his fighter, to go up to the cruiserweight division and challenge Badou Jack, the recently crowned WBC champion.
This comes after Ramirez failed to meet his weight requirement for his fight against Gabe Rosado. Ramirez weighed 182.6 lbs for the main event against Rosado, which had been scheduled for 175 pounds.
Therefore, having the latter get a title shot against the WBC cruiserweight champion Badou may pose problems for the boxing community.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya says he’d like to see his fighter Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez move up to cruiserweight to challenge newly crowned WBC champion Badou Jack next following his failure to make weight for his last fight.
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After all, he failed to make weight, coupled with his loss against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in a one-sided 12-round unanimous decision.
Golden Boy Promotions’ leader, De La Hoya, expressed dissatisfaction with Ramirez’s weight after he missed the target by a significant margin.
In his comments to DAZN, he said: “You actually gave me a good idea. Why not go up in weight and fight Badou Jack? He just crowned himself world champion. It’ll be a great fight, so hopefully, we can make that happen soon.
“Zurdo’ has to really think about and dig deep down inside what he really wants to do. Does he want to stay in the sport? Or is his heart not into it? So, he’s got a lot of thinking to do, but I think there’s a lot of opportunities for ‘Zurdo’ and for Rosado as well.”