Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez

Weightclass: Super Middleweight

  • 38wins

  • 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 four title defenses.

He is one of boxing’s rising young stars – the first Mexican fighter in history to win a super middleweight world title.

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 in an exciting fight against WBO mandatory challenger Jesse Hart on September 22, 2017, in Tucson.

In his last fight on June 30 in Oklahoma City he won a 12-round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Alexis Angulo. Angulo has good punching power, but was very defensive-minded and awkward and his style made for a slow-paced fight.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Super middleweight world titleholder Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez has not been able to get the major fights he has wanted, but he has nonetheless been taking care of lesser opponents while biding his time waiting for a big one.

He was at it again as he soundly outpointed the obscure Alexis Angulo before 5,241 in the main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ramirez got the victory, winning handily on the judges’ scorecards – 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109 – in a fight a bit tougher than those scores would indicate.

Angulo, of Colombia, did rock Ramirez a couple of times in the fight and at least pushed Ramirez more than he has been by anyone other than Hart.

The fight got off to a measured start and never truly heated up. Ramirez tried to establish his long jab and worked Angulo’s body in the early going. The shorter Angulo was warned by [the] referee to stop using his head in the first round.

The action picked up a bit in the third round when Ramirez rocked Angulo with a right hand and then ate one in return that knocked Ramirez back toward the ropes midway through the round. Angulo found a home for his right hand enough that by the fifth round Ramirez had swelling around his left eye.

Angulo trainer Pedro Diaz pleaded with him to go after Ramirez’s body following the ninth round, but it was Ramirez who landed some body punches and a good straight right hand. Ramirez was at least the busier fighter, and he put his punches together well in the 10th round to force Angulo back.

As they went to the 12th round, Diaz told Angulo in the corner that “it’s now or never.” Angulo tried to press the action and landed a couple of decent uppercuts, but he never had Ramirez in any trouble.

fight history

  • 2018

    4TH WBO SM WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – In his last fight 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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