At the age of 26, Gilberto is an eight-year pro. The WBO super middleweight world champion, he won the title in April, 2016, and has made two title defenses.
He is one of boxing’s rising young stars.
Gilberto stayed active in the ring with four fights in 2014 and three in 2015 – he also stepped up in class of opposition and gave strong performances. His first two fights in 2015 were both against Top 10-ranked contenders – Maxim Vlasov and Derek Edwards. Gilberto scored impressive wins both times and gained valuable experience.
He won the WBO world title with a 12-round unanimous decision against defending champion Arthur Abraham on April 9, 2016, in Las Vegas to become the first fighter from Mexico to win a world title at 168 pounds.
Gilberto was scheduled to make his first title defense three months after that on July 23, but injured his right hand in training and had to withdraw from the fight. He made his first title defense on April 22, 2017.
In his last fight on September 22 in Tucson, Arizona, Gilberto defended the title for the second time with a 12-round unanimous decision against previously undefeated mandatory challenger Jesse Hart.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: In a hard-hitting slugfest, Gilberto Ramirez dropped Hart in the second round, hit him with numerous clean punches and worked him over the body en route to a unanimous-decision victory before 4,103 at the Tucson Arena.
Two judges scored the fight 115-112 and the third had it 114-113 for Ramirez, who seemed to be much more dominant than the scorecards indicated.
Hart got off to a good start. He boxed and moved and landed some solid punches over Ramirez’s lazy jab, but it was a totally different story in the second round.
Ramirez had a huge round. He dropped Hart early with a clean right hand and then punished him for virtually the entire round. He lashed him with power shots from both hands and had him nearly out and referee Michael Ortega looking closely. Hart’s balance was a mess but he made it out of the round.
In the third round, Ramirez badly hurt Hart with a low blow. Ortega warned him and gave Hart time to recover. But Ramirez continued to attack him with right hands and Hart could barely defend against them.
Ramirez continued to work Hart over in the fourth round. Hart stayed on his feet only because of his heart – Ramirez continued to pound him with punch after punch as Ortega once again appeared on the verge of stopping the fight….
The pace slowed some in the middle of the fight, but Ramirez continually backed Hart into the ropes and fired straight left hands and right hooks to the body.
Ramirez walked through his shots and hurt him to the body with a series of digging punches in the ninth round. A left to the body really hurt Hart, who backed into the ropes.
Hart had to know he needed a knockout in the 12th round and he went for it, but Ramirez stood his ground in an action-packed round. [End Rafael item]
In his post-fight interview, Gilberto said, “This one was for all the Dreamers, all the people of Mexico and what they are going through with the earthquake. The plan was push, push, push, and put a lot of pressure on him and keep him off balance. I wanted to put on a really big body attack every round. We wanted to keep him off balance. This was a very tough fight. There was nothing easy in this fight.”
Gilberto is learning to speak English. He said, “I understand it better and I speak it a little, but I’m not comfortable yet. I don’t have the confidence to speak the way I would like, but I hope to answer all the questions in English in the future. I’m learning more English every day. I practice with my trainer, with my friends, everything.”