By Craig Page: WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol will defend against fighter Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez next month on November 5 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
On paper, Bivol was too quick for Ramirez and the combination was strong. In the last fight of Bivol, he completed his training of Canelo Alvarez, which made him one-dimensional last May.
Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) will not only deal with a lot of pressure from the unbeaten WBA professional Ramirez, but he will face a southpaw with cruiserweight size.
The 31-year-old Ramirez is big for the 175-lb division, and it’s clear he’s already grown up the heavyweight division after just five fights since his promotion in 2019.
For his last fight at heavyweight against Dominic Boesel last May, Ramirez weighed down to 203 lbs after weighing in at 174. This is nothing short of amazing. Ramirez looked huge compared to Bivol during the kickoff press conference, and both fighters looked a fraction of the weight.
It’s understandable why Ramirez chose to stay at 175, though, because the cruiserweight division doesn’t have a name. If Ramirez moves into gravity, he will have to deal with killers like Lawrence Okolie, Jai Opetaia, Yuniel Dorticos, A. Goulamirian, and Mairis Briedis.
“It was an interesting fight. It is very interesting because Zurdo is constantly pressuring you.” said Buddy McGirt to ESNEWS when asked about his thoughts on the November 5th fight between Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez.
“I have never seen anyone put such pressure on Bivol before. So the key is how he’s going to use it from the southpaw at that point,” McGirt said of Ramirez. “It’s great, and it’s a work in progress. He throws punches from all angles.
“This is a good fight for boxing. It’s going to be interesting,” McGirt said of the Bivol vs. Ramirez fight.
Looking athletic at 6’3″, he looks incredibly slow in terms of hand and foot speed. We saw this in the fights of Ramirez and Boesel, Yunieski Gonzalez, and Sullivan Barrera.
The run, it seems that Ramirez had the time to fight at 168 from 2013 to 2018, now he is gone after his move to 175 in 2019. Ramirez is very slow now that he is fighting at 175 and it is important to at cruiserweight. Ramirez put on a lot of weight in a short amount of time, negatively affecting his speed.