Zurdo Ramirez Makes Golden Boy Debut Friday
This Friday, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez returns to the ring, and he will be facing Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. However, another exciting aspect of the fight is that it is Ramirez’s first fight with Golden Boy Promotions. Ramirez aims at delivering an exciting and explosive fight, he said;
“It’s going to be a great night of boxing with fans back in the stands. I’ve always enjoyed fighting here. I expect an explosive fight. We both will come forward. People like seeing explosive fights, and that’s what we are going to deliver. I am doing everything I can in camp to make sure that I win,”
Ramirez says he has had a great training camp. He trained at the Brickhouse Boxing Club in North Hollywood, California, with Julian Chua for this camp. He also had the undefeated super middleweight David Benavidez as a sparring partner to help him get ready. Talking about his preparation for the fight, Ramirez said;
“I am ready. My training camp went really well we worked hard, I have good sparring with David Benavidez,”
Ramirez was previously signed with Top Rank, and during this time he also won the WBO super middleweight title, defeating Arthur Abraham. Ramirez continued to defend the title five times as he fought his last fight with Top Rank in April 2019. Rameriez said he is looking forward to this new chapter in his career.
Ramirez continued to fight as a free agent and defeated Alfonso Lopez. He promoted his own fight under Zurdo Promotions. In March of his year, Ramirez signed a multi-fight deal contract with Golden Boy, choosing it over other promoters including Matchroom, and PBC. Here is what he said about going with Golden Boy Promotions.
“After several discussions, Golden Boy Promotions made the most sense and felt like the best partners for me,” said Gilberto Ramirez. “I’m happy to be with Golden Boy. I joined them because Oscar De La Hoya is my idol. I have been watching him since I was a kid. Also, he is a legend, and that’s what I want to be as well. Together we can make that happen. I feel like a part of the Golden Boy family, Oscar has won many world titles and I would like to add a title at 175 for Golden Boy,”
Ramirez also said that Golden Boy understood his goals and agendas and that he had complete faith in Oscar De La Hoya. For Ramirez, the road to the title at heavyweight begins this Friday. His opponent, Sullivan Barrera is a two-time world title challenger, and he has faced big names like Andre Ward, and current WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. However, Barrera has been inactive for a while, this is going to be his first fight since June 2019.
Ramirez likes his new weight division, and he said; “At 175 lbs. I feel good, and I belong in this weight class,” Ramirez said. “The goal is to win all the world titles at 175,”
However, at 175 pounds, there are some big names to fight. Arthur Beterbiev is the unified WBC and IBF champion, and the WBA champion Dmitry Bivol is also a big fight, and lastly, Ramirez will also have to take the WBO championship from Joe Smith Jr.
As Covid is being treated, and restrictions are lifted, sporting events can happen as normal again. Ramirez will also fight in front of a full crowd, and he looks to make an impression on the impatient Southern California fight fans. Ramirez said that the Mexican and Latino people in the crowd will add to his motivation and excitement.
“I’m excited to be in the ring surrounded by a crowd. The venue will be fully open. I can plan on coming out victorious and of course waiving that Mexican flag,” he concluded.