Zurdo Wants Out of Top Rank Contract?

This week saw Top Rank score a surprising big signing in WBA/IBF super lightweight champion Josh Taylor — though there’ll be a legal battle with Cyclone Promotions. However, it appears they may be losing a face of the promotion for about seven years now in Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez.

Per a report from The Athletic‘s Mike Coppinger, Ramirez, the former WBO super middleweight champion, is looking into buying out his Top Rank contract.

Ramirez has not been seen in action since April, when he defeated Tommy Karpency in his light heavyweight debut.

“Zurdo” appears to claim that this report is “not true” but it is unknown if to what degree. A tweet that Ramirez responded to on the social media site claimed that Coppinger reported Ramirez turned down a fight on the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 undercard — which is incorrect. Coppinger himself says he was offered a slot on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin, not Wilder-Fury 2.

Ramirez won the WBO 168-pound title in an April 2016 fight with Arthur Abraham and made successful defenses of the title against Jesse Hart (twice), Max Bursak, Habib Ahmed and Roamer Alexis Angulo.

Upon his moving up in weight and win over Karpency, he was guaranteed a shot at the WBO light heavyweight championship. And with Canelo Alvarez vacating that belt not long after his win over Sergey Kovalev, Ramirez and current No. 2 contender Umar Salamov looked to be possible.

Original Story: Bad Left Hook

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