At the age of 25, Gilberto is a seven-year pro. The WBO super middleweight world champion, 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 experience that has obviously served him well.
He only fought one time in 2016 – on April 9 in Las Vegas – but won the WBO world title with a 12-round unanimous decision against defending champion Arthur Abraham.
Gilberto was scheduled for make his first title defense on July 23, but injured his right hand in training and had to withdraw from the fight. He was cleared by doctors to start training again in early October.
In his last fight on April 22 in Carson, California, Gilberto won a 12-round unanimous decision against Max Bursak.
Boxingscene.com’s Francisco Salazar reported from ringside [excerpts]: After a year-long layoff due to an injury to his right hand, Gilberto Ramirez won a one-sided 12 round decision over Max Bursak. It was Ramirez’s first world title defense of his WBO super middleweight title.
Ramirez dominated the action in every round, using his height and reach to outland Bursak from the outside.
Bursak had his moments, but would only throw one punch and never following up. He spent more time holding Ramirez, for which he was deducted a point in rounds five and 11.
All three judges scored the bout 120-106 in favor of Ramirez. [End Salazar item]
When Gilberto won the WBO world title, ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez etched his name in Mexican boxing history, becoming the first fighter from that country to win a super middleweight world title as he dethroned Arthur Abraham by shutout decision….
All the judges scored the fight 120-108 for Ramirez, who also became only the second Mexican to win a world title in a division heavier than middleweight; the late Julio Gonzalez won a world title as a light heavyweight….
Mandatory challenger Ramirez was energetic throughout the fight. He got off to a very good start. He was moving and punching, while Abraham, who was making the sixth defense of his second super middleweight title reign, did very little early in the fight. A powerful right hook from Ramirez, a southpaw, rocked Abraham just before the end of the second round.
Ramirez was continually busy with his long jab and movement that seemed to frustrate Abraham. By the end of the fifth round he had swelling around both eyes. At the end of the sixth round, a tiring Abraham took a deep breath as he walked back to his corner.
The fight continued to play out the same round after round, with Ramirez punching and moving…. [End Rafael item]
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.”