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 three title defenses.
He is one of boxing’s rising young stars.
Gilberto’s rise through the ranks was very impressive. He 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 title on April 9, 2016, in Las Vegas with a 12-round unanimous decision against defending champion Arthur Abraham, and became the first fighter from Mexico to win a world title at 168 pounds.
Gilberto was scheduled for make his first title defense three months after that on July 23, 2016, but injured his right hand in training and had to postpone the fight. He returned to the ring for his first title defense on April 22, 2017, and won a 12-round unanimous decision against Maksim Bursak.
He followed that with a 12-round unanimous decision win in an exciting fight against WBO mandatory challenger Jesse Hart on September 22, 2017, in Tucson.
In his last fight on February 3 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Gilberto won by sixth-round TKO against previously undefeated Habib Ahmed.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez has designs on unification fights and someday a place on the pound-for-pound list.
Ramirez did what he was supposed to do in order to keep the prospect alive.
Ramirez dominated Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed en route to a sixth-round knockout before about 3,200 in the main event of the Top Rank ESPN card at the American Bank Center. Ramirez retained his belt for the third time.
It was a spirited fight, but Ramirez, with a longer reach and better skills, was in control for the entire fight. At the time of the knockout, he was ahead 50-45 on all three scorecards.
Ahmed, making his United States debut, had an awkward style, and it led to an accidental head butt that opened a cut over Ramirez’s left eye in the third round. But Ramirez was undeterred. He continued to go at Ahmed with combinations and rattled him with a combination later in the third round.
As Ramirez came forward firing punches, Ahmed did his best to hang with him. He landed a few decent shots but was constantly on the move trying to escape Ramirez’s pressure, so even when he landed, he did not have much leverage on the punches.
Ramirez chased him all over the place and cornered him in the fifth round before landing heavy head shots, especially with his left hand, that had the crowd cheering.
He continued to land big shots in the sixth round, and Ahmed looked to be wearing down. A big right hand rocked Ahmed badly with a minute to go in the sixth round. Ahmed tried to escape, but Ramirez chased him down again. He hurt him to the body and head and was pouring it on when [the] referee stepped in and stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 31 seconds. [End Rafael item]
In his post-fight interview, Gilberto said, “It was really important. We’ve been training a lot for this fight. We were training for a knockout, and we made it. I was trying to hit the body. I kept my belt. It was my night.
“I would like to fight with anybody in a unification fight. I want to fight the other champions – anywhere, I don’t care. I am ready for anyone. I want the winner of the tournament.
“I want to be the best in my division and I want to be the best pound-for-pound fighter. I want to be the best.”
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Gilberto said, “I was born and raised in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. I have one brother and one sister. My father is a truck driver for Coca-Cola. He’s been doing that for 23 years. I’m the only boxer in my family.
“I started boxing when I was 12 years old. I used to fight a lot in the streets. The neighborhood where I used to live was like a ghetto, a very dangerous neighborhood. My parents took me to play baseball and basketball, but I didn’t like it. I really liked boxing, so that’s what I did.
“I had 46 amateur fights – 40 wins and six losses.
“My family had difficult times, so I started working in construction when I was 12 to help support them. I worked for a company that built houses – I would mix cement for the bricks. I would do that for half a day, then I would go to school and after that, I would go to the gym and train. I finished junior high school and started my first year of high school, but I decided to just work after that and quit school.
“I think I’m ambidextrous. I use both of my hands – I throw a baseball and bat left-handed, but I write with my right hand. When I play soccer, I kick with both feet – left and right.
“I’m single, but I have a son – he was three years old on August 17th, 2017. He’s running all around, a mischievous little kid. His name is Braulio Gilberto Ramirez.”…
Trainer Hector Zapari said, “When Gilberto started boxing, he felt more comfortable as a southpaw and since then, we just taught him like that. Sometimes he wouldn’t come to the gym every day and we would get mad at him, but one day he told us that it was because he didn’t have money to take the bus. He used the money he would make to help pay his family’s bills.”…
Gilberto was reportedly a three-time Mexican national amateur champion – in the junior division in 2007 and 2008, and in the senior division in 2009 [results not currently available]…