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Gilberto Ramirez
Weightclass:
Super Middleweight
Age:
24
Birthplace:
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Record:
34-0, 24 KOs
Height:
6’2.5”
Reach:
77"
Managers:
Jesús Zapari
Trainers:
Hector Zapari
biography
“Zurdo” (Lefty)  

Twitter: @RamireZurdo Instagram: @ZurdoRamirez
WBO super middleweight world champion…
World championship fights: 1-0, 0 KOs…
Former NABF super middleweight champion, four successful defenses…
Former WBO International super middleweight champion, three successful defenses…
Former NABO super middleweight champion…
Former WBC Youth middleweight champion, seven successful defenses…

At the age of 24, Gilberto is a six-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 obviously served him well.
In his last fight on April 9 in Las Vegas, he won the WBO world title with a 12-round unanimous decision against defending champion Arthur Abraham.
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...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2016 – WON WBO SM WORLD TITLE – in his last fight on 4-9-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion Arthur Abraham (44-4): the bout was co-featured with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. III main event, and Gilberto dominated the fight; he kept Abraham off-balance with movement, consistently outworked him and landed the harder punches; Abraham – a veteran of 22 world championship fights who has held world titles for most of the last decade – was not able to mount a single rally, and Gilberto won by shutout scores of 120-108 on all three scorecards…
 
2015 – 4TH NABF SM TITLE DEFENSE, 3RD WBO INTERNATIONAL SM TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-20-15 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Gevorg Khatchikian (23-1): the bout headlined at the Cosmopolitan; Khatchikian gave a good effort, but Gilberto dominated the fight; he staggered Khatchikian with a right hook in the 3rd round, consistently outworked him, and scored repeatedly with body punches; scored 100-90, 100-90, 99-91…
3RD NABF SM TITLE DEFENSE, 2ND WBO INTERNATIONAL SM TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-26-15 in Hidalgo, TX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Derek Edwards (27-4-1): the bout headlined at State Farm Arena; Edwards gave a determined effort, but Gilberto dominated the fight; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Edwards, and landed the harder punches; he rocked Edwards in nearly every round and staggered him in the 4th and 8th rounds; scored 100-90 on all three scorecards…
On 1-24-15 in Broomfield, CO, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Maxim Vlasov (30-1): the bout was co-featured with the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado III main event, and it was a good fight; Vlasov gave a strong effort and scored...
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background
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 lefthanded, 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 who's two years old now – he was three years old on August 17th. 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...
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Biography

“Zurdo” (Lefty)  

  • Twitter: @RamireZurdo Instagram: @ZurdoRamirez
  • WBO super middleweight world champion…
  • World championship fights: 1-0, 0 KOs…
  • Former NABF super middleweight champion, four successful defenses…
  • Former WBO International super middleweight champion, three successful defenses…
  • Former NABO super middleweight champion…
  • Former WBC Youth middleweight champion, seven successful defenses…

At the age of 24, Gilberto is a six-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 obviously served him well.

In his last fight on April 9 in Las Vegas, he won the WBO world title with a 12-round unanimous decision against defending champion Arthur Abraham.

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 the 36-year-old 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]

After the fight, Gilberto said, "I took to him a Mexican boxing school. He was a very, very strong puncher, but he couldn't take any movement. I knew halfway through the fight I was going to win the fight. I came here to make history, and I did it."

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."

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2016 – WON WBO SM WORLD TITLE – in his last fight on 4-9-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion Arthur Abraham (44-4): the bout was co-featured with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. III main event, and Gilberto dominated the fight; he kept Abraham off-balance with movement, consistently outworked him and landed the harder punches; Abraham – a veteran of 22 world championship fights who has held world titles for most of the last decade – was not able to mount a single rally, and Gilberto won by shutout scores of 120-108 on all three scorecards…

 

2015 – 4TH NABF SM TITLE DEFENSE, 3RD WBO INTERNATIONAL SM TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-20-15 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Gevorg Khatchikian (23-1): the bout headlined at the Cosmopolitan; Khatchikian gave a good effort, but Gilberto dominated the fight; he staggered Khatchikian with a right hook in the 3rd round, consistently outworked him, and scored repeatedly with body punches; scored 100-90, 100-90, 99-91…

3RD NABF SM TITLE DEFENSE, 2ND WBO INTERNATIONAL SM TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-26-15 in Hidalgo, TX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Derek Edwards (27-4-1): the bout headlined at State Farm Arena; Edwards gave a determined effort, but Gilberto dominated the fight; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Edwards, and landed the harder punches; he rocked Edwards in nearly every round and staggered him in the 4th and 8th rounds; scored 100-90 on all three scorecards…

On 1-24-15 in Broomfield, CO, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Maxim Vlasov (30-1): the bout was co-featured with the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado III main event, and it was a good fight; Vlasov gave a strong effort and scored repeatedly with right hands, but Gilberto consistently outworked him, landed the harder punches, and wore him down with body punches; scored 97-93, 97-93, 96-94…

 

2014 – 2nd NABF SM TITLE DEFENSE, 1st WBO INTERNATIONAL SM TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-15-14 in San Antonio, TX, he won by TKO (8th round) against four-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (27-9-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Alamodome, and Gilberto dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Zuniga, landed the harder punches, and shut him out on the scorecards; he staggered Zuniga with a series of unanaswered punches in the 8th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:20…

1ST NABF SM TITLE DEFENSE, WON VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL SM TITLE – on 7-19-14 in Macau, CHI, he won by TKO (1st round) against former Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau (20-2-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Sod Kokietgym main event, and Gilberto quickly overpowered him; he scored three knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a right uppercut, the second with a series of punches, the third with a right hook-left hand combination – and the referee stopped the fight at 1:58…

WON VACANT NABF, NABO SM TITLES – on 4-11-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (5th round) against former two-time world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (33-6): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Mandalay Bay, and Gilberto dominated the fight; he pressed forward, wore down Lorenzo with a series of body punches, then scored a knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 3rd round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 5th, the first with a right hook to the body, the second with a left hand to the head – Lorenzo’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:47…

On 2-1-14 in Laredo, TX, he won by TKO (1st round) against Don Mouton (12-7-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Energy Arena, and Gilberto quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, both with a series of punches – the first sent Mouton through the ropes onto a ringside table, the second sent him sliding across the canvas – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:31…

 

2013 – on 8-24-13 in Glendale, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Derrick Findley (20-10-1): the bout headlined at the Civic Auditorium; Findley gave a determined effort, but Gilberto dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Findley, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 100-90 on all three scorecards…

On 4-20-13 in Mexico City, MX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Juan de Angel (9-2-1 ): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Victor Terrazas-Cristian Mijares main event; Gilberto scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:06...

 

2012 – 7TH WBC YOUTH M TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-17-12 in Cuautlancingo, MX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Marcus Upshaw (14-7-2): the bout headlined at El Teatro del Pueblo; Gilberto was cut over his right eye, but scored a knockdown in the 5th round and dominated most of the fight; scored 99-90, 99-90, 98-92...

6TH WBC YOUTH M TITLE DEFENSE – on 8-25-12 in Tulum, MX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Richard Gutierrez (26-9-1): the bout was one of the co-features at the Domo Deportivo; Gilberto dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 100-90 on all three scorecards...

5TH WBC YOUTH M TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-16-12 in Playa Del Carmen, MX, he won by TKO (8th round, 2:20) against Isaac Mendez (13-6): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features at Playa Mamita’s…

4TH WBC YOUTH M TITLE DEFENSE – on 4-14-12 in Arandas, MX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jaime Barboza (17-6): the bout was one of the co-features at Auditorio Municipal; scored 100-90, 100-91, 97-93...

 

2011 – 3RD WBC YOUTH M TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-26-11 in Mexico City he won by TKO (4th round) against Samuel Miller (24-4): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Saul Alvarez-Kermit Cinton main event; Miller scored a knockdown in the 1st round, but Gilberto came back, rallied, and stopped him in the 4th round...

2ND WBC YOUTH M TITLE DEFENSE – on 9-24-11 in Mexico City he won by TKO (5th round) against Amilcar Funes (22-10)...

1ST WBC YOUTH M TITLE DEFENSE – on 7-16-11 in Mazatlan, MX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Oney Valdez (22-10-1): Gilberto scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:42...

On 5-13-11 in Mazatlan he won by TKO (7th round, 2:13) against Francisco Villanueva (11-24-2)...

On 2-18-11 in Mazatlan he won by TKO (8th round, 2:20) against Antonio Arras (21-9)...

 

2010 – WON VACANT WBC YOUTH M TITLE – on 12-17-10 in Mazatlan he won by TKO (6th round) against previously undefeated Rogelio Medina (23-0): Gilberto scored a knockdown in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:14...

On 10-29-10 in Mazatlan he won by knockout (2nd round) against Cristian Solano (26-16-3): Gilberto scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:28...

On 8-28-10 in Mazatlan he won by TKO (2nd round, 1:32) against Gilberto Flores (15-5)...

On 7-30-10 in Mazatlan he won by knockout (2nd round, 1:35) against Guillermo Romero (9-3)...

On 6-26-10 in Mazatlan he won by TKO (2nd round, 1:54) against Jorge Barrera (20-9-1)...

On 4-30-10 in Mazatlan he won by knockout (2nd round, 0:30) against Jesus Ayala (1-1)...

On 3-26-10 in Mazatlan he won by knockout (3rd round) against Hector Verduzco (3-0): Gilberto scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 3rd round, and Verduzco was counted out at 0:24...

On 2-26-10 in Mazatlan he won by knockout (1st round, 2:04) against Luis Padilla (0-2)...

On 1-30-09 in Puebla, MX, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Adolfo Pimentel (debut)...

 

2009 – on 12-12-09 in Mazatlan he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Luis Castro (0-1)...

On 11-21-09 in Nuevo Laredo, MX, he won by TKO (1st round, 2:36) against Antonio Villanueva (4-6)...

On 10-22-09 in Mazatlan he won by knockout (2nd round) against Eliu Duenas (4-10-1): Gilberto scored three knockdowns in the 2nd round, and Duenas was counted out at 2:40...

On 9-4-09 in Culiacan, MX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Blas Camacho (1-0)...

On 8-29-09 in Mexicali, MX, he won by TKO (1st round, 1:52) against Joel Ramos (debut)...

He debuted at the age of 18 on 8-21-09 in Mazatlan and won by knockout (1st round, 0:41) against Jesseth Magallanes (debut)...

Amateur / Personal Background

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 lefthanded, 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 who's two years old now – he was three years old on August 17th. 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]…

 

STRENGTHS: A lefthander with good skills and movement…is versatile – can pressure his opponents or box and move effectively…has good punching power, a good body puncher…big and physically strong…has been the full 12-round distance one time and the full 10-round distance six times…is experienced against good opposition…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 34 fights…169 total rounds…12 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.9 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 70 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 7 (7-0)…