A Look at Dmitry Bivol vs Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez

As fans are upset about dead super fights, their focus should be on this Saturday’s mega fight taking place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions have put together a big showdown in the light heavyweight division. Dmitry Bivol will put his WBA World Light Heavyweight title on the line against Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez which will be steamed live on DAZN. A great fight that will see two of the best light heavyweights face each other.

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Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KO’s) of Kyrgzstan, was an outstanding amateur fighter before launching his pro career in 2014. Bivol won the WBA World Light Heavyweight title in 2017 and he has been on the roll since. He has defeated fighters such as Sullivan Barerra, Isaac Chilemba, Jean Pascal and Joe Smith Jr. In all his title defenses, Bivol has either stopped his opponents or dominated his opponents by points. Even though Bivol has been considered one of the best light heavyweights, not many fans were familiar with him. That all changed back in May, when Bivol dominated and out boxed the best fighter in the world pound for pound in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. With that win, Bivol showed everyone who he is.

Now, Bivol will keep his momentum going by defending his world title for a ninth time. However, his opponent on Saturday will be a tough task and I believe will be his toughest opponent up to date. Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 KO’s) of Mexico, didn’t have much of an amateur career like Bivol so he had a longer pro career. Ramirez started his pro career in 2009 at the age of 18 years old. Ramirez is a former WBO Super Middleweight Champion. He won the title back in 2016 and he made five defenses of the title before moving up to light heavyweight. Ramirez so far has had five wins at light heavyweight and now he has secured his title opportunity against Bivol. Ramirez is a popular fighter from Mexico but as of yet he has not broken through with many fans. Ramirez does have wins over Arthur Abraham, Maxim Vlasov, Jesse Hart, Sullivan Barrera and Yunieski Gonzalez. However, what his career is missing is that signature win. Ramirez is hoping a victory over Bivol will boost his career.

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Going into the fight, Bivol is the favorite and with good reason. Looking at both fighters’ careers, Bivol has better wins even though he has less fights. Also, Bivol has more tools in his game. He has the speed and better footwork which should serve him the win. With that being said, I think the style of Ramirez will pose problems to Bivol. Ramirez has the height, size and strength over Bivol. I don’t see Bivol hurting Ramirez but he can frustrate him. As for Ramirez, if he applies his pressure like he normally does in his fights, he could wear out Bivol. Ramirez would need to throw a lot of punches and work the body of Bivol to be successful in the fight. I see the fight going to distance with Bivol edging out a decision. Ramirez is a live underdog and I wouldn’t be surprise if Ramirez were to pull off victory as well.

Expect an exciting and interesting fight between the two combatants. A win for Bivol will secure his status as the best fighter at light heavyweight and move him up the pound for pound rankings. Also, Bivol should win the Fighter of the Year with a win over Ramirez. A win for Ramirez will make him a star and line him up for more big fights. A signature win over Bivol would also get fans talking about a
possible fight between him and Canelo Alvarez in a Mexican showdown.

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By: Rich Lopez

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