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5th November 2022
By: Ryan Gurewitz
Dmitry Bivol vs Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez Preview
Light Heavyweight technician Dmitry Bivol (20-0) and Mexican superstar Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0) face off in Matchroom Boxing and DAZN’s inaugural “Champion Series.” Taking place at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena, “Zurdo ” vs. Bivol marks the first of the many super fights to come to the capital of the UAE. Topping a stacked card including the likes of rising stars Galal Yafai and Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov, former champion Kal Yafai, and the women’s undisputed super lightweight title on the line, the first “Champion Series” guarantees action. Bivol vs. Ramirez comes when many of the potential super fights in the sport continually get nowhere in negotiations. The recent fight announcements of Terrence Crawford, Tyson Fury, and Errol Spence Jr. have all caused fans to question why so many of the sport’s biggest fights are not getting done. However, fans will have something to look forward to when these two light-heavyweight sensations face off this Saturday.
Coming off of the biggest victory of his career, Russian light-heavyweight Dmitry Bivol will look to build off of his defeat against pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez when he faces off against another Mexican superstar in Gilberto Ramirez. Bivol, known for his exceptional movement and technical acumen, has one thing on his mind; unifying the division and becoming the undisputed champ. Even with the money involved in a Canelo rematch, Bivol has stated several times that collecting all the belts is the most important thing to him. While a rematch clause exists, Bivol has made it clear that his main focus is to defeat “Zurdo” Ramirez this weekend, then face off against fellow countryman and unified light-heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev. With an already impressive resume, boxing may have a new face if Bivol can execute his plan and line up his next three fights against Zurdo, Beterbiev, and Canelo again.
Having outboxed Canelo enroute to a unanimous victory, many quickly cited the size disparity between the undisputed super middleweight champion. Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez will not have that issue. The 6’3″ southpaw will feel just at home in this division as he looks to knock down the door and assert himself on the throne. The undefeated Mexican will look to continue piling on the wins and assert himself as the man to beat. With a win against Dmitry Bivol, “Zurdo” Ramirez can set himself up for potential super fights against Beterbiev and see himself as the face of boxing. The aggressive style “Zurdo” has seemingly adopted lately has seen four straight stoppages. With a size advantage, there’s a good chance Ramirez will look to pressure early on and take away from the movement and speed advantage of the champion, and going to the body early and often will be crucial for Zurdo.
With Bivol unwavering in his confidence, and Ramirez’s desire to see himself at the top, this fight is not one to miss. With the main card set to get underway at 1:30 pm EST, boxing fans can look forward to an early fight night, where somebody’s 0 has got to go.