Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez

Weightclass: Super Middleweight

  • 39wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 25kos

AGE:
27
Birthplace:
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Height:
6’2.5”
reach:
75"
Managers:
Jesús Zapari
Trainers:
Hector Zapari (Jesus' son)

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Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez

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)…

fight history

  • 2018

    5TH WBO SM WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 12-14-18 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won a 12 round majority decision in the rematch against WBO No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Jesse Hart (25-1): the bout headlined at American Bank Center, and it was a good, close fight; Gilberto dominated the early and middle rounds – he pressed forward, out-worked Hart, and built a lead on the scorecards; Gilberto won the 1st round on two scorecards, then swept the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds on all three scorecards; Hart won the 5th round on two scorecards, but Gilberto came back and swept the 6th round, then won the 7th round on two scorecards – after seven rounds, Gilberto led by scores of 69-64, 69-64, 68-65; Gilberto injured his left elbow in the 8th round and Hart rallied – he stepped up his pace, out-boxed and out-worked Gilberto, and swept the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th rounds – after 11 rounds, the fight scores had tightened to 105-104, 105-104 Ramirez, 105-104 Hart; Gilberto rocked Hart repeatedly in the 12th round, but Hart came back and rocked Gilberto in the final 30 seconds of the round – Gilberto swept the round 10-9, and won by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 114-114…

    4TH WBO SM WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – On 6-30-18 in Oklahoma City, OK, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Alexis Angulo (23-0): the bout headlined at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, and Gilberto dominated the fight; Angulo has good punching power, but was very defensive-minded and awkward and his style made for a slow-paced fight; Gilberto consistently pressed forward and out-worked him, but Angulo had a few brief rallies and landed hard right hands in the 3rd and 5th rounds; Gilberto continued to stalk him and keep a busier pace as the rounds progressed, and won by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109.

    3RD WBO SM WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 2-3-18 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won by TKO (6th round) against previously undefeated Habib Ahmed (25-0-1): the bout headlined at the Bank of America Center, and Gilberto dominated the fight; he was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 3rd round, but pressed forward and consistently landed the harder punches; he wore down Ahmed with combinations to the head and body and rocked him several times in the 5th round; he rocked Ahmed repeatedly in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:31; after five rounds, Gilberto led by shutout scores of 50-44, 50-45, 50-45.

    3RD WBO SM WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – In his last fight on 2-3-18 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won by TKO (6th round) against previously undefeated Habib Ahmed (25-0-1): the bout headlined at the Bank of America Center, and Gilberto dominated the fight; he was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 3rd round, but pressed forward and consistently landed the harder punches; he wore down Ahmed with combinations to the head and body and rocked him several times in the 5th round; he rocked Ahmed repeatedly in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:31; after five rounds, Gilberto led by shutout scores of 50-44, 50-45, 50-45…

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  • 2017

    2ND WBO SM WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 9-22-17 in Tucson, AZ, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated mandatory challenger Jesse Hart (22-0): the bout was co-featured with the Oscar Valdez vs. Genesis Servania main event, and it was a good, close fight; Hart boxed well and swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, but Gilberto scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 2nd, rocked Hart several more times before the bell, and dominated the following rounds – Gilberto won the 3rd round on two scorecards and swept the 4th and 5th; the middle and late rounds were close and the momentum shifted back and forth – Hart swept the 6th round, Gilberto swept the 7th, then Hart won the 8th round on two scorecards; Gilberto came back and won the 9th on two scorecards, but Hart rallied and won the 10th round on two scorecards and swept the 11th; both went all-out in the 12th round, but Gilberto won the round on two scorecards and won by scores of 115-112, 115-112, 114-113…

    1ST WBO SM WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 4-22-17 in Carson, CA, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Max Bursak (33-4-1): the bout was one of the co-main events at the StubHub Center, and Gilberto dominated the fight; he pressed forward, out-worked Bursak, and consistently landed the harder punches; Bursak was very tentative – he was penalized one point for holding in the 5th round, and was penalized another point for the same foul in the 11th round; scored 120-106 on all three scorecards…

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  • 2016

    Fight by Fight – WON WBO SM WORLD TITLE – 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.

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