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Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez still learning and growing as a boxer

Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez fights Dominic Boesel in a WBA light heavyweight title eliminator on May 14. He’s undefeated but always looking for improvement. 

Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez is undefeated, the former WBO super middleweight champion, and is quickly moving up the light heavyweight rankings. Ramirez remains humble and hungry to improve as a boxer despite his success.

Ramirez (43-0, 29 KOs) stopped all of his four opponents since moving up to light heavyweight in 2019. He delivered a round 10 TKO victory over Yunieski Gonzalez in December in a pleasing battle.

Ramirez had Gonzalez in trouble several times throughout their contest, but he also took many shots. Overall, he felt like he performed well against Gonzalez.

“It was like nine because, one to ten, nine because I did whatever was taken in the ring,” Ramirez told FanSided. “And I think theYunieski, he was tough too.”

Even though Ramirez is happy with how he looked, that doesn’t mean that he’s satisfied with his progress.

Watch Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez vs. Dominic Boesel on Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. ET on DAZN

“Always you learn something different every fight, every training, every session sparring,” Ramirez said. “I think I’m still in my prime.”

Ramirez possesses a growth mindset. It’s scary to think that at 30 years old, Ramirez is still improving.

He stands nearly 6-foot-3, which is pretty massive for a light heavyweight, and his power at light heavyweight is impressive.

On Saturday, May 14, his task is Dominic Boesel in a WBA light heavyweight title eliminator. While talking to FanSided before Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol contest, Ramirez intimated that he was very interested in that contest since the winner could be his potential opponent.

Bivol took the decision against Alvarez and has the WBA title that Ramirez would be in line for if he beats Boesel.

Boesel (32-2, 12 KOs) is not a big-name fighter, but Ramirez doesn’t seem like the type of person who lets his guard down. He prides himself on his intelligence and views that as one of his best weapons in the ring.

“Because I’m smart,” Ramirez said of his abilities. “I had a lot of volume from punches in the ring. And I can move. I can move myself like, really good footwork.”

Ramirez is hungry for a title and is ready to put in work. He hopes for a busy 2022.

“Well, I would like to fight three times this year,” Ramirez said.

If he gets by Boesel, that would leave two more fights for Ramirez. Bivol’s the focus, but if he fights Alvarez in a rematch, Bivol might have to wait.

Ramirez has the pedigree and physical tools to rule the light heavyweight division. He just needs a title shot.


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