Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez is preparing for the most important fight of his professional career.
The former super middleweight titlist aims to become a two-division beltholder on November 5. However, victory is far from guaranteed.
Standing across the ring will be WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, who dominated and outpointed Canelo Alvarez on May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to remain undefeated.
Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs) won the WBO super middleweight title by unanimous decision in April 2016 and defended his title five times before moving up to light heavyweight in 2019, where he is 5-0 with five knockouts since.
The 31-year-old southpaw earned his mandatory shot against Bivol ( in May, when he scored a fourth-round knockout of Dominic Boesel in a WBA final eliminator.
The Mexican has been chasing a world title in a second weight class since signing with Golden Boy Promotions in 2019. Three years later, the time has come.
Although Bivol is heavily favored to win, Ramirez is telling the doubters not to count him out.
"It will be a great fight. I will become a two-time world champion," Ramirez stated. "It's really exciting for me to fight in Abu Dhabi. It will be the second time to fight there for me. I was expecting the fight to be in Los Angeles or Las Vegas, but it's totally different to be in Abu Dhabi. Honestly, I don't really care where we fight. I just want to become a two-time world champion."
“I will look the whole night to move forward and rip Bivol's body. The goal is to go to the body, throw a lot of punches, and cut off the ring. That will be the difference.
Said Ramirez on Bivol's win over Alvarez: "I was really surprised that he beat him. It was a good fight for the fans and Bivol did a really good job.
With a win over Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs), Ramirez tells FightNights.com that he will aim to become the undisputed 175-pound world champion by challenging the winner of the Artur Beterbiev-Anthony Yarde three-belt title unification.
“I would like to fight the winner and then fight for [the undisputed world championship]."