By Sean Jones: Oscar De La Hoya believes Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez is showing enough improvement in his speed & movement to take out WBA lightweight champion Dmitry Bivol on November 5th.
De La Hoya said he wants a fight between Gilberto and Canelo Alvarez in 2023 if Zurdo wins over Bivol. It seems that this is not possible, because Canelo has already decided that he will not fight Ramirez because of his decision not to face Mexican fighters.
For the record, Bivol is a favorite with the odds because of his great hand speed, mobility, and technical ability. Also, Bivol is the best combination.
Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) has looked very slow since moving up to 175 in 2019, and it is difficult to imagine him suddenly gaining speed at 31 before the important fight against Bivol (20-0, 11 KOS ) on DAZN at the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi.
“It’s not just because of his size, it’s not just because he’s a southpaw, his power, but I like the way he moves his feet,” Oscar De La Hoya told ESNEWS about why he believes in Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez defeated Dmitry Bivol on November 5. .
“I like the way he throws fights. It’s very difficult. Bivol is a fighter who wants to wait for you. He wants to make mistakes, the way he will wait for Canelo.
“Canelo is going to throw one punch, and he is, and he’s countering. Zurdo has the right style of game. He kills it, he likes to throw a lot of combinations, and he has a lot of conditioning, which will be key. in Abu Dhabi.
“Three to one, I like him,” said De La Hoya about Zurdo Ramirez being the defenseless Bivol. “It gives him fire! Three to one, I have a chance to beat the world champion, who beat that guy [Canelo Alvarez].
“If it was ten to one, I would be less [worried]but three to one? I’ll go with Zurdo to maybe hit Bivol. I want to do Zurdo vs. Canelo. Zurdo vs. Canelo next year will be big. The Mexican War.
“I think Zurdo can put a number on Canelo. I think he can take him out. I mean Zurdo is a big guy. He looks ripped; he looks fast; he looks strong. I want to see this fight,” De La said. Hoya.