At the age of 27, Gilberto is a nine-year pro. The WBO super middleweight world champion, he won the title in April, 2016, and has made five title defenses.
He is one of boxing’s rising young stars.
In his last fight on December 14 in Corpus Christi, Texas, he won a 12-round unanimous decision in the rematch against Jesse Hart.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times’ Len Hayward reported from ringside [excerpts]: Gilberto Ramirez and Jesse Hart lived up to the hype, and then some.
The two super middleweights put on a show for the American Bank Center crowd but a late flurry of punches by Ramirez in the 12th round helped push him over the edge in a fight that ended with a majority decision for Ramirez. Ramirez retains his WBO Super Middleweight title.
The fight was reminiscent of their fight in 2017 that Ramirez won by unanimous decision but this time the judges did not all agree. One judge scored the fight 114-114, while the other two had it 115-113 for Ramirez.
Hart, meanwhile, was left to ponder what he could’ve done differently in the 12-round battle. Hart weathered Ramirez’s early aggression and during the second half of the fight, Hart began to gain some steam.
Hart was able to turn Ramirez into the ropes in the ninth round and stayed aggressive through the 10th and 11 rounds.
The difference might have been the 12th round. Ramirez connected with a left in the middle of the ring, staggering Hart, and the champion followed with a combination.
Hart, though, stayed up and battled back at the end of the round keeping Ramirez on the ropes.
Ramirez defended his title for the fifth time and now looks to possibly move up in a classification to light heavyweight for his future. [End Hayward item]
In his post-fight interview, Gilberto said, “It was good, it was a tough fight. I hurt my elbow in the eighth round, but I didn’t win like, three rounds, and that was the reason.
“It’s time to rest, have a Merry Christmas with the family and possibly move up to 175. It was really exciting for me. The people support me a lot and it’s an honor to be here for a second time.”
Gilberto’s climb 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 against WBO mandatory challenger Jesse Hart on September 22, 2017, in Tucson.
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’s six years old. 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 left-hander 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 five times and the 10-round distance seven times…is experienced against very good opposition…
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 39 fights…223 total rounds…66 world championship rounds…
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.7 rounds…
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 64 %…
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 5 (5-0)…10 rounds – 7 (7-0)…