By Sean Jones: Dmitriy Bivol says challenger Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez often talks about his belief that he has been fighting him for a long time.
On Saturday night, Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) will defend his WBA light heavyweight title against unbeaten Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) on DAZN in Abu Dhabi.
Not only did former WBO middleweight champion Ramirez talk about Bivol avoiding him, but he was also mentioned as wanting to avenge his loss to Mexico by Canelo Alvarez by beating Dmitry.
Last May, Bivol took Canelo to school, giving him boxing lessons for a surprisingly easy 12-round knockout in front of a horrified crowd of Alvarez fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The question is, who will make up for Ramirez’s loss if Bivol beats him as badly as Canelo? Who is out there who can make up for his loss next Saturday?
You could argue that the talent that Bivol showed that night is one that Canelo can only wish he had as a fighter.
Many casual fans have weighed in on Canelo’s skills, saying he’s talented. However, in reality, he was always a skilled fighter who achieved success with his striking and hand speed.
Yes, Canelo mimicked some of the moves Floyd Mayweather Jr. did in beating him in 2013, but he was still very weak.
Ramirez, 31, is getting his dream fight against Bivol after all this time, but unless he shows more talent than what we’ve seen lately, he’ll be quiet.
Ramirez looked very, very careful with the speed of his hands and movements. You can tell from looking at Ramirez that he’s a cruiserweight because he’s too big and slow to fight at 175.
For Ramirez’s last fight at heavyweight, he weighed down again to 203 lbs, which tells you he’s not in the 175lb division.
Cruiserweights are generally slower than heavyweights, and that clearly explains why Ramirez is so slow in the 175-lb division.
“Of course, I deserve it, but I think I can do more,” Dmitry Bivol told Matchroom Boxing about his victory over Canelo Alvarez last May.
The fight Bivol needs & wants to become the undisputed heavyweight champion is against IBF, WBC & WBO 175-lb champion Artur Beterbiev. Bivol wants this match in 2023, but may need to wait until after a possible rematch with Canelo next May.
“It’s not the biggest fight I’ve wanted since I became a boxer,
Bivol said about his victory over Canelo. “It’s a great step for my goal to become an undisputed champion. I think the most important thing in any profession is that you should love your job.
“Zurdo, Zurdo, he likes to talk a lot,” Bivol said in his response that he wants to compensate Mexico for the loss of Canelo.
“I see that as an opportunity for me. I don’t care if he’s confident or not. I’ll take everything he has,” said Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez about his match against Bivol on November 5th.
“He knows he will have a tough fight. I hope to win the title on November 5 to become a two-time world champion. I can’t wait for this fight. At one point, I was thinking, ‘It’s not going to happen,'” Ramirez said.
“Of course, every fight, I’m ducking him,” Bivol said with a laugh when asked if he was ducking Ramirez. “He said about this many times, but it is not true. I know that he knows it is not true. Everyone knows. My team and his team too, but he said.
“Not him, but maybe his team because, as a fighter, we want to fight. We fight everybody; that’s what we do,” said Ramirez, who continued to believe that Bivol had beaten him. for a long time.