Gilberto Ramirez is closing in on his debut below new promotion.
The unbeaten former tremendous middleweight titlist is because of return this June, with hopes of dealing with not less than a mid-level mild heavyweight contender for the event. The struggle will mark his first since signing with Golden Boy Promotions earlier this yr, although plans for his subsequent struggle stay in a holding sample.
Sources with data of present negotiations have knowledgeable BoxingScene.com that Sullivan Barrera and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy are the main candidates to land the project.
Ramirez (41-, 27KOs) beforehand served as a WBO tremendous middleweight titlist earlier than shifting as much as the sunshine heavyweight division, the place he debuted in a 4th spherical knockout of Tommy Karpency in April 2019. The struggle served as a time marker in pursuit of a light-weight heavyweight belt, although a rift with estranged promoter Prime Rank as an alternative noticed the Mexican southpaw positioned on the shelf for greater than 20 months.
An invite to enter a four-man match which might have led to a shot on the vacant WBO mild heavyweight title was declined by Ramirez because of this. Ramirez and Prime Rank severed ties quickly thereafter, with the 29-year-old selling his personal present final December, scoring a tenth spherical knockout of Alfonso Lopez.
Apparently, there nonetheless exists a path for Ramirez to contend for that very same title. He’s at the moment ranked number-five by the WBO, whose vacant mild heavyweight belt is at stake for this Saturday’s ESPN headliner between Joe Smith Jr. (26-3, 21KOs) and Maxim Vlasov (45-3, 26KOs). Any mixture of a loss by both fighter and a win by Ramirez in June will undoubtedly bolster his present rating and probably result in dealing with this weekend’s winner later within the yr.
Ramirez can be ranked number-three by the WBA.
Representatives from Golden Boy Promotions didn’t reply to an inquiry in search of remark, as particulars—together with a agency date and site—all stay in play.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox