By Sean Jones: Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez says he will take down Dmitry Bivol’s WBA title next month in their fight on November 5th on DAZN at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Former WBO super middleweight champion Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) said he will use size against the unbeaten Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) in favor of taking him down.
Ramirez, 31, is essentially a cruiserweight, who has been taking advantage of his size for the weight class to crush smaller opponents since moving to 175 in 2019.
“Of course, this is an advantage I have with my size, and it will be like what happened to Canelo. He’s bigger, Dmitry Bivol, and this time I’ll be the bigger guy,” said Gilberto Ramirez to Prodigy of Boxing Talk about his November 5th fight against Dmitry Bivol.
“People want to see this fight, and it’s going to be amazing. It’s going to be exciting because he’s a boxer. I’m going to look for body shots, but this time, it’s going to be different because I will break it. I will be in the best shape & condition I have ever been.
“It’s encouraging that Roy Jones talked about me,” said Zurdo Ramirez when Roy Jones Jr. was told he could win if Bivol wasn’t in his A-game on November 5.
“It’s interesting to me because people think I’m the B side, but I feel like I’m the champion. I am the champion, and I will prove it to everyone that I can do. I came from Mexico to win in America, and now I will be a two-time world champion, and I will win Abu Dhabi.
“He is the champion, and he beat one of the greatest [Canelo Alvarez] in boxing. I want to be a legend, and that’s why I want to fight with the best. I will always try my best, and I love this game too.
“I think a lot,” said Zurdo Ramirez when asked how much attention his fight Bivol is getting in Mexico. “Canelo is one of the greatest in the sport.
“All the people who follow Canelo, now they know Dmitry Bivol. It’s good because they know the potential of Dmitry Bivol, and they will see my full potential,” said Ramirez.