Gilberto Ramirez’s profession begins anew towards Sullivan Barrera on Friday at Banc of California in Los Angeles (DAZN).
The unbeaten Mexican gentle heavyweight, a gifted boxer-puncher, was a profitable tremendous middleweight. He shut out Arthur Abraham to win a world title in 2016 and efficiently defending 5 occasions earlier than shifting as much as 175 kilos.
That’s when his profession started to stagnate. He left promoter Prime Rank and tried to make it on his personal, a interval by which the COVID-19 pandemic additionally shut down the game.
Consequently, he has fought simply twice since his remaining 168-pound title protection in December 2018, a fourth-round stoppage of Tommy Karpency in April 2019 and a call over Alfonso Lopez this previous December.
Because the latter battle, Ramirez, 30, has signed a contract with one other established promoter – Golden Boy – and feels he’s again on monitor for a profitable run at 175.
“I’m blissful to be working with Golden Boy Promotions,” he mentioned. “I’m grateful for the chance. I wish to give a terrific efficiency and present all my abilities. I’m going to provide the followers what they need: good fights.”
Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs) and his handlers didn’t select a pushover for what quantities to a comeback battle.
Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs) is barely 1-2 in his final three fights – with losses to titleholder Dmitry Bivol (TKO 12) and Jesse Hart (UD) – and he’s 39. On the similar time, he could be perceived as a strong stepping stone towards a fair larger battle.
And the Cuban is aware of that he won’t get many extra alternatives like this one. He’s hungry.
“’Zurdo’ Ramirez has numerous abilities,” Barrera mentioned. “He does of issues very properly. However I’ve to do all the things essential to win this battle and earn one other title shot. A win will assist me get that chance.”
Ramirez appears to know what he’s up towards.
“I do know Sullivan Barrera very properly and he is aware of me,” he mentioned. “We all know that every of us at all times comes properly ready and able to placed on a present. However on the finish of the day, I’ll be the one to come back out with my palms raised in victory.
“I’m going to come back out with a document of 42 wins and 28 knockouts.”