Dmitry Bivol vs Gilberto Ramirez Set For November 5 in Abu Dhabi
FightersTalkTV.com – After weeks of negotiating for the fight, the World Boxing Association (WBA) were able to grant Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez who was the mandatory to Dmitry Bivol an opportunity set for November 5th in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
WBA Light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol will return six months after a career-defining win against boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez, this time around against undefeated Mexican star Ramirez.
Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) had undoubtedly one of the biggest upsets in recent memory when he outclassed Canelo Alvarez this past May. Though many knew going into the bout Bivol would be a hard test for the undisputed super middleweight champ, Bivol didn’t just prove those theories right but went as far as to make it seem Canelo didn’t even belong in the ring with him.
Dimitry Bivol (left) and Canelo Alvarez box during their light heavyweight championship bout in Las Vegas on Saturday. | USA TODAY / VIA REUTERS
Dmitry Bivol defended his World Boxing Association light heavyweight title with a win against Canelo Alvarez by unanimous decision last May at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Fans wanted Bivol to fight for the undisputed 175lb championship against unified champion Artur Beterbiev or face Canelo Alvarez in a rematch. But unfortunately, the boxing world only served up a fight in which Bivol easily outboxed the slow as molasses Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs).
Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez runs a perfect record and has held the WBO super middleweight title. He has been yearning for a big fight for years now, and though he didn’t get a big fight against Canelo like he has been asking for, facing off against one of two men to defeat him in the last 10 years is a great conciliation prize.
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Ramirez’s last outing was a fourth-round knockout win against Dominic Boesel in May. With 30 of his 44 wins coming by stoppage, Ramirez has proved he brings power into the ring, and with a crafty boxer like Bivol, catching him with a patented power shot will be pivotal to defeat him.
Despite that, he hasn’t done much since moving up to 175 in 2019 and focused on beating middle-of-the-road fodder level opposition to pad his record. He gained nearly 30 pounds in going from 174 to 203. The thing is, he didn’t look fat at the weight. He was just painfully slow and looked like a fighter that had packed on too much weight.
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