Gilberto Ramírez

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Gilberto Ramírez
Real nameGilberto Ramírez Sánchez
Nickname(s)Zurdo de Oro
("Golden Southpaw")
Height6 ft 2 12 in (189 cm)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Born (1991-06-19) June 19, 1991 (age 27)
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Boxing record
Total fights39
Wins by KO25

Gilberto Ramírez Sánchez (born June 19, 1991) is a Mexican professional boxer. He has held the WBO super middleweight title since 2016, and is the first boxer from Mexico to win a major world title in that weight class. As of October 2018, Ramírez is ranked as the world's second best active super middleweight by The Ring magazine,[1] the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[2] and BoxRec.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In April 2010, Ramírez beat veteran Jesus Ayala by 2nd-round K.O. in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.[4]

On December 17, 2010, Ramírez knocked out the undefeated Rogelio Medina to win the vacant WBC Youth middleweight title. The bout was held at the Gimnasio German Evers in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.[5][6] Starting from 2011, Ramírez moved up to super-middleweight. In his first fight of the year, Ramírez fought 32 year old Antonio Arras and knocked him out via TKO in round 8. Ramírez next stopped Francisco Villanueva in 7 rounds. In July 2011, Ramírez moved back down middleweight to defend his WBC Youth tltle. He successfully defended the title beating Oney Valdez, Amilcar Edgardo Funes Melian and Samuel Miller all inside the distance. Ramírez went 10 rounds with Jaime Barboza (17-6, 8 KOs). Ramírez won via unanimous decision (100-90,100-91, 97-93).[7] Ramírez next fought at super middleweight against Isaac Mendez, winning via TKO in round 8. Ramírez then went down to middleweight successfully defending the WBC Youth title a final two times against Richard Gutierrez, who Ramírez beat on all scorecards (100-90) and Marcus Upshaw, also winning via 10-round decision (98-92, 99-90 twice).[8] According to sources in February 2013, Ramírez was on the verge of signing with promotional company Top Rank. This was later revealed to be true.[9][10]

Fighting in the United States[edit]

Ramírez fought in the United States for the first time in his career on August 24, 2013 at the Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California. His opponent was American Derrick Findley in a scheduled 10-round bout which went the distance. Ramírez won on all three scorecards (100-90 x3).[11] In February 2014, Ramírez defeated Don Mouton at the Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas.[12] 35 year old Mouton, who was not stopped in 20 previous professional bouts, got knocked out in round one.[13] Two months later, Ramírez fought at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino against his most credible opponent to date, 33 year old Giovanni Lorenzo (33-6, 25 KOs).[14] Lorenzo was knocked down in round one, and twice in the fifth. Ramírez claiming the win via TKO and winning the vacant NABF super middleweight title and vacant WBO NABO super middleweight title. Ramírez averaged 30 landed punches per round.[15][16]

Ramírez had a one off fight in Macau on the undercard of Rigondeaux-Kokietgym title fight.[17] He defeated Junior Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs) via 1st-round TKO, after knocking him down three times, in the process winning the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title.[18] Ramírez was back in US in November 2014 at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, this time beating Fulgencio Zúñiga via 8-round TKO to retain the titles.[19][20] Zuniga's glove touched the canvas in round 6, but the referee did not credit Ramírez with the knockdown. In round 8, Ramírez unleashed a barrage of punches which were unanswered, convincing the referee to stop the fight.[21] Ramírez had an 80% knockout ratio after this fight, and it would be the last time he won inside the distance until seven fights later on February 3, 2017.

Rising up the ranks[edit]

On December 18, 2014 Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman announced that Ramírez would take on his toughest challenge to date on the undercard of Alvarado-Rios at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado against Russian boxer Maxim Vlasov (30-1, 15 KOs) on January 24, 2015.[22] The bout was set for a catchweight of 171 pounds and would mark the first time Ramírez fought on HBO.[23] Ramírez defeated Vlasov in a closely contested 10 round bout (96-94 & 97-93 twice). Ramírez landed 179 of 631 punches thrown (28%) and Vlasov landed 115 of his 411 thrown (28%).[24][25][26]

On April 18, it was announced that Ramírez would return to the ring on June 26 against 35 year old Derek Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KOs) on TruTV.[27] It was pushed back two weeks to take place on June 26 instead.[28] The fight took place at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas as Ramírez defeated Edwards via a 10-round decision. Ramírez won every round on all three judges' scorecards. Ramírez was the quicker boxer and used his reach advantage to box on the outside. Although there was exchanges throughout the fight, Ramírez was getting the better of them, landing the harder shots. Edwards' trainer Jeff Mayweather advised him to get closer and work on the inside, but he was unable to do so due to the reach and size advantage of Ramírez. The referee nearly stopped the fight before round 8 ended when Edwards appeared hurt, but he managed to recover and make it to the end of the round. With the win, Ramírez moved closer to a potential world title fight after being ranked in the top 3 by the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF.[29]

On September 12, another edition of Top Rank's Metro PCS Friday Night Knockout series on TruTV was announced with Ramírez appearing on the undercard on November 20.[30] His opponent was later announced as 27 year old Dutch boxer Gevorg Khatchikian (23-1, 11 KOs) for a scheduled 10 round fight at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas.[31][32] Ramírez won on all scorecards (99-91 & 100-90 twice). After the fight, he said, "We came to win and that's what we did. All of the hard work and preparation paid off." With the win, Ramírez became the first boxer to successfully defend the NABF super middleweight title four times.[33][34]

WBO super middleweight champion[edit]

Ramírez vs. Abraham[edit]

It was announced on January 18, 2016 that #1 WBO Ramírez would be fighting WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) in the co-feature bout on the April 9 undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley III card on HBO pay-per-view. Ramírez followed an intense training regimen in his hometown of Mazatlán before the fight.[35] The fight card took at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.[36] Ramírez put his name in Mexican boxing history, becoming the first fighter to win a super middleweight world title. All three judges scored the fight 120-108 for Ramírez, who also became only the second Mexican to win a world title in a division heavier than middleweight, the first one having been Julio César González as the WBO light heavyweight champion in 2003. Ramírez won on the punch count by outworking Abraham all night in almost very round. In the post fight interview, Ramírez said, "I took to him a Mexican boxing school. He was a very, very strong puncher, but he couldn't take any movement. I knew halfway through the fight I was going to win the fight. I came here to make history, and I did it." Ramírez improved his record to (34-0, 24 KOs).[37]

On May 31, 2016, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum announced that Ramírez would fight on the undercard of the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol unification fight on July 23. Ramírez (34-0, 24 KOs), of Mexico, would have been making his first title defense against Germany's 28 year old Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs). Britsch had won four fights in a row since an eight-round decision loss in 2014, was about to take a big step up in competition.[38] On July 6, Ramírez suffered a hand injury while training, which ultimately called off the world title fight.[39] Ramírez had a successful hand surgery and according to promoter Bob Arum, he should be able to make a ring return by the end of 2016.[40]

Ramírez vs. Bursak[edit]

In January 2017, negotiations were taking place for a fight between Ramírez and Matt Korobov (27-1, 14 KOs) possibly on the undercard of the potential Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight in April. Bob Arum announced on February 13, 2017 that Ramírez would be making his first defence in Los Angeles, California on April 22. It was also announced that Max Bursak (33-4-1, 15 KOs) would be the challenger.[41][42] Ramírez retained his WBO title in his first fight in over a year as he won every round on all three judges scorecards (120-106, 120-106 and 120-106). Bursak tried to attack and managed to land some punches, but lacked the punching power to hurt Ramírez who used his footwork to evade any punishment. Bursak was deducted a one point in round 5 and also in round 11 for excessive holding.[43]

Ramírez vs. Hart[edit]

On June 19, 2017, manager and trainer Hector Zápari announced a deal was in the works for Ramírez to defend his WBO title against mandatory challenger and WBO NABO titleholder Jesse "Hard Work" Hart (22-0, 18 KOs) with the fight possibly taking place in September 2017.[44] It was revealed the fight would take place on September 22, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona.[45] On August 22, the fight was made official and an announcement was made for the venue. The fight was to take place at the Convention Center.[46][47] Hart stated that he wanted to win the WBO title for his father and trainer Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, a former professional boxer who fought in the Golden Ages of middleweights in the 1970s. His most famous opponent was Marvelous Marvin Hagler, which saw Hart lose via TKO. Hart never received a world title fight. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum credited Eugene Hart as being 'the hardest-punching middleweight of his time'.[48]

In front of 4,103 fans, Ramírez retained his WBO super middleweight title in a hard-fought battle against a game Hart, which went the 12 round distance. The final judges scorecards were 115-112, 115-112, and 114-113 in favour of Ramírez. He started off strong, dropping Hart in round 2 following a left uppercut, which Hart did not see coming. Hart beat the count and survived the round. In round 4, Hart took tremendous punishment, but managed to stay on his feet. The last 6 rounds saw the fight turnaround in favour of Hart. He landed many power shots to the head of Ramírez, who held his own. Ramírez seemed to have tired out during the closing rounds. Round 11 saw Hart rock Ramírez badly, but not realizing that his legs had given way, thus failing to go for the finish. Had Hart not been dropped in round 2, the fight would have ended via majority decision.[49][50] After the fight, Ramírez said, "This one was for all the Dreamers, all the people of Mexico and what they are going through with the earthquake. The plan was push, push, push and put a lot of pressure on him and keep him off balance. I wanted to put on a really big body attack every round. There was nothing easy in this fight." Hart was humble in defeat, "I take nothing away from him. He's a good champ. He has my respect. The knockdown was my fault. Zurdo's a really good fighter." Ramírez landed 220 punches from 690 thrown (32%), this included 40 of his 70 power shots thrown. Hart landed 132 of his 497 thrown (27%).[51] The whole card averaged 706,000 viewers on ESPN.[52]

Ramírez vs. Ahmed[edit]

Top Rank's Bob Arum spoke to Boxing Scene on October 24, 2017 outlining the future for Ramírez. He stated that Ramírez would return on February 3, 2018 in the United States, then return to Mazatlán, Mexico, which would mark his first fight in his home country since April 2013 and then likely see a third fight in 2018 possibly in Australia. Arum mentioned Australia boxer Rohan Murdock (20-1, 15 KOs) as a potential opponent.[53]

On November 14, Arum announced WBO Africa titleholder and #6 WBO ranked Habib "Wild Hurricane" Ahmed (22-0, 17 KOs) would challenge Ramírez on February 3, 2018. This would mark the first ever fight outside his native Ghana for Ahmed. The fight was scheduled to take place at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to the fight, Ahmed had won 8 of his last 9 fights via stoppage.[54] In front of 3,200 in attendance Ramírez retained his WBO title against Ahmed via a 6th round stoppage win. Ahmed used his head movement and quick feet to make Ramírez miss a lot of his power shots, but was unable to avoid being hit with body shots. At the time of stoppage, Ramírez had won every round on all three judges scorecards. Ramírez suffered a cut over his left eye in round 3 from a clash of heads. After the fight, Ramírez said, "I would like to fight with anybody in a unification fight. I want to fight the other champions. I am ready for anyone. I want the winner of the (WBSS) tournament. I want Bob Arum to make that fight.I want to be the best in my division." The fight was stopped at 2:31 in round 6 after an onslaught to the head and body.[55] Ramírez landed 123 of 406 punches thrown (30%) and Ahmed landed only 22 of his 190 (12%). Ahmed never landed more than 7 punches in any round, landing only 1 punch in round 4. This was the first time in seven fights, dating back to November 2014, since Ramírez last stopped an opponent.[56][57] The card averaged 741,000 viewers on ESPN.[58]

Ramírez vs. Angulo[edit]

On April 30, 2018 ESPN's Dan Rafael reported that a deal close to being completed for Ramírez to make a fourth defence against 34-year-old Colombian boxer Roamer Alexis Angulo (23-0, 20 KO) on June 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. At the time, Angulo was ranked #10 by the WBO. The card would also include light welterweight prospect Alex Saucedo (27-0, 17 KO) taking on veteran boxer Lenny Zappavigna (37-3, 27 KO).[59] A day later, the bout was confirmed by Top Rank and would air live on ESPN.[60] In front of a small crowd of 5,241 in attendance, Ramírez successfully retained his WBO title in defeating Angulo via unanimous decision. Although Ramírez was the clear winner, the crowd booed as the scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109 were read out. Many media outlets including ESPN had the fight closer. Angulo turned out to be a tougher challenger than expected as he rocked Ramírez on a number of occasions, most notably in the third and seventh rounds, however lack of action on his part led to him losing most rounds. After being hurt by Angulo's hard right hand, Ramírez did well to avoid it for the remainder of the bout. In round 12, Angulo trapped Ramírez but could not land the right hand.[61] Ramírez, who was not happy with his performance, said, "I tried to do better. I want to go back to training with my team, and we need to keep working, working because I want to be a pound-for-pound fighter. (Angulo) was undefeated. He came in really hungry to come for my belt." Over the last three rounds, Ramírez out landed Angulo 51-28. In total, according to CompuBox Stats, Ramírez landed 178 of 648 punches thrown (28%) and Angulo landed 113 of his 485 thrown (23%). After the bout, Ramírez stated he wanted to unify the super middleweight division.[62] The entire telecast averaged 632,000 viewers.[63]

Ramírez vs. Hart II[edit]

By October 2018, Jesse Hart (25-1, 21 KOs) became the mandatory challenger for Ramírez's WBO title. It was slated the two would have a rematch in December 2018.[64][65] In November, the fight was officially announced to take place at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on December 14, 2018. Promoter Bob Arum believed both boxers had improved from their first bout, which took place in September 2017 and was a fight of the year candidate. The first bout was also considered as Ramírez's toughest WBO title defence. The bout was to main event the ESPN+ broadcast.[66]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
39 fights 39 wins 0 losses
By knockout 25 0
By decision 14 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
39 Win 39–0 United States Jesse Hart MD 12 Dec 14, 2018 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. Retained WBO super middleweight title
38 Win 38–0 Colombia Roamer Alexis Angulo UD 12 Jun 30, 2018 United States Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. Retained WBO super middleweight title
37 Win 37–0 Ghana Habib Ahmed TKO 6 (12), 2:31 Feb 3, 2018 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. Retained WBO super middleweight title
36 Win 36–0 United States Jesse Hart UD 12 Sep 22, 2017 United States Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, U.S. Retained WBO super middleweight title
35 Win 35–0 Ukraine Max Bursak UD 12 Apr 22, 2017 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBO super middleweight title
34 Win 34–0 Germany Arthur Abraham UD 12 Apr 9, 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO super middleweight title
33 Win 33–0 Netherlands Gevorg Khatchikian UD 10 Nov 20, 2015 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO International and NABF super middleweight titles
32 Win 32–0 United States Derek Edwards UD 10 Jun 26, 2015 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S. Retained WBO International and NABF super middleweight titles
31 Win 31–0 Russia Maxim Vlasov UD 10 Jan 24, 2015 United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, U.S.
30 Win 30–0 Colombia Fulgencio Zúñiga TKO 8 (10), 2:20 Nov 15, 2014 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Retained WBO International and NABF super middleweight titles
29 Win 29–0 Australia Junior Talipeau TKO 1 (10), 1:58 Jul 7, 2014 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Retained NABF super middleweight title;
Won vacant WBO International super middleweight title
28 Win 28–0 Dominican Republic Giovanni Lorenzo TKO 5 (10), 2:47 Mar 11, 2014 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO and NABF super middleweight titles
27 Win 27–0 United States Don Mouton TKO 1 (10), 1:31 Feb 1, 2014 United States Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 United States Derrick Findley UD 10 Aug 24, 2013 United States Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Colombia Juan De Angel KO 3 (10), 2:06 Apr 20, 2013 Mexico Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Mexico
24 Win 24–0 United States Marcus Upshaw UD 10 Nov 17, 2012 Mexico Teatro del Pueblo, Cuautlancingo, Mexico Retained WBC Youth middleweight title
23 Win 23–0 Colombia Richard Gutierrez UD 10 Aug 25, 2012 Mexico Domo Deportivo, Tulum, Mexico Retained WBC Youth middleweight title
22 Win 22–0 Mexico Isaac Mendez TKO 8 (10), 2:20 Jun 16, 2012 Mexico Mamita's Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
21 Win 21–0 Costa Rica Jaime Barboza UD 10 Apr 14, 2012 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Arandas, Mexico Retained WBC Youth middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 Colombia Samuel Miller TKO 4 (10) Nov 26, 2011 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC Youth middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 Argentina Amilcar Edgardo Funes Melian TKO 5 (10) Sep 24, 2011 Mexico Foro Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC Youth middleweight title
18 Win 18–0 Colombia Oney Valdez TKO 2 (10), 1:42 Jul 16, 2011 Mexico Lobodome, Mazatlán, Mexico Retained WBC Youth middleweight title
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Francisco Villanueva TKO 7 (10), 2:13 May 13, 2011 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Antonio Arras TKO 8 (10), 2:20 Feb 18, 2011 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Rogelio Medina TKO 6 (10), 2:14 Dec 17, 2010 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico Won vacant WBC Youth middleweight title
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Christian Solano KO 2 (10), 2:28 Oct 19, 2010 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Gilberto Flores Hernandez TKO 2 (8), 1:32 Aug 28, 2010 Mexico Lobodome, Mazatlán, Mexico
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Guillermo Romero KO 2 (8), 1:35 Jul 30, 2010 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Jorge Barrera TKO 2 (8), 1:54 Jun 26, 2010 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Jesus Ayala KO 2 (6), 0:30 Apr 30, 2010 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Hector Verduzco KO 3 (6), 0:24 Mar 26, 2010 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Luis Angel Padilla KO 1 (4), 2:04 Feb 26, 2010 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Adolfo Pimentel UD 4 Jan 30, 2010 Mexico Auditorio Siglo XXI, Puebla City, Mexico
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Luis Ignacio Castro UD 4 Dec 10, 2009 Mexico Plaza de Toros Rea, Mazatlán, Mexico
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Antonio Villanueva TKO 1 (4), 2:36 Nov 21, 2009 Mexico Palenque Expomex, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Eliud Duenas KO 2 (4), 2:40 Oct 2, 2009 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Blas Camacho TKO 2 (4) Sep 4, 2009 Mexico Parque Revolución, Culiacán, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Joel Ramos TKO 1 (4), 1:52 Aug 29, 2009 Mexico Ciudad Deportiva, Mexicali, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Jeseth Magallanes KO 1 (4), 0:41 Aug 21, 2009 Mexico Gimnasio German Evers, Mazatlán, Mexico


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Title last held by
Anton Novikov
WBC Youth
middleweight champion

December 17, 2010 – April 2014
Title next held by
Adam Etches
Title last held by
Adonis Stevenson
super middleweight champion

April 11, 2014 – July 19, 2014
Won International title
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Jesse Hart
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Marco Antonio Peribán
NABF super middleweight champion
April 11, 2014 – April 2016
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Ronald Gavril
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Balázs Kelemen
WBO International
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July 19, 2014 – April 9, 2016
Won world title
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