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.