Former world heavyweight champion Gilbert “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) did his best not to endanger the health of the World Heavyweight Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol to win the title.
Ramirez has won not just one, but two playoff titles, both thanks to sensational knockout performances, his most recent one being stopped in the 4th round ahead of Dominic Bozel (32-3), who officially became a mandatory WBA contender for Buffalo, but has just come out with his impressive decision against Saul “Cinnamon” Alvarez, Bivol said he would prefer to fight “Cinnamon” in a rematch or wait for the winner of next month’s unification bout between Arthur Betterbiev and Joe Smith Jr.
Apparently, Ramirez became a boogie in the light heavyweight division, at least according to Buffalo. After all, Bivol has been talking for over a year, claiming he wants to fight “Zurdo” because it will be a great fight for the fans.
“This is my division,” Ramirez said. “There’s a reason why some of these guys avoided me. They know that I will come for all the belts and that it is only a matter of time. Last year Bivol was sent a contract, but he avoided fighting me to fight another (Umar Salamov). I asked for Beterbiev and Smith Jr., but they both know they can’t compete at my level. As I said, it is only a matter of time before this is proven.
“I’m not sure if he (Buffalo) means what he says. He had several opportunities to sign a contract (to fight Ramirez), but he didn’t. If the rematch of “Cinnamon” does not take place, I will be in line to qualify for the World Cup. Let’s see what my promoter (Golden Boy) will come up with (unless there is a rematch of “Cinnamon” for Bivol). I am just amazed by all the talk and inaction on the part of Bivol. It’s sad to see, but maybe this time it will be supported. “
Even Zurdo’s former promoter, Bob Arum (top rank), wants Beauvoir to fight Zurdo if Canela Alvarez decides not to use the clause about a rematch against Buffalo. Arum noted that Bivo and Zurdo are fighting at DAZN, and the winner of the unification fight on June 18 between other world heavyweight champions – Arthur Beterbiev (WBC and IBF) and Joe Smith Jr. (WBO) – is fighting exclusively at ESPN. Arum does not want the winner of Beterbiev-Smith to fight the Buffalo at DAZN.
“So I suggest Bivol, if a rematch with Canello is not available,” Arum said in a recent interview, “he must fight Gilbert Ramirez, who is being promoted by Golden Boy, and Golden Boy and Eddie Hearn will both fight. of DAZN. So it doesn’t have to be a tough fight. “
Zurdo, of course, agreed with Arum: “I’m not surprised by Bob’s comments. A buffalo can’t just demand what it wants, to a higher rank. It just doesn’t work that way. If Canella doesn’t take part in the rematch, I wonder what other excuses he (Buffalo) can come up with to avoid me.
“Me and my team still have a lot of respect for Bob and Top Rank. He is one of the greatest promoters and I will always be grateful to Bob for giving me the opportunity. Even though we disagreed, that doesn’t mean we can’t do good deeds together in the future. I still value all my time with Top Rank and wish for nothing but the best for Bob and the Top Rank family. ”
Ramirez has won all five fights by knockout, showing vicious blows to the body since in 2019 he moved to the light heavyweight division. He simply surpassed Bosel, the world heavyweight champion of the International Boxing Organization (IBO), closing the show by injuring the German’s liver with his right hook.
“I performed as expected,” Ramirez praised his fight against Bosel. “I went to camp in great shape and continued to work with my team to become a better version of myself. We focused on working on the body, and I’m glad I was able to show it in battle. “
The great Joe Lewis once said, “They can run, but they can’t hide.” The buffalo should not allow the WBA to continue to hide from “Zurdo”.