UNBEATEN Mexican southpaw Gilberto Ramirez shall be aiming to impress on his Golden Boy Promotions debut this Friday (July 9), reside on DAZN. Opposing the No. 9 light-heavyweight contender at Los Angeles FC’s Banc of California Stadium is Cuban veteran Sullivan Barrera.
The bout represents Ramirez’s third look since rising to 175lbs in 2019. In April of that yr, he compelled the outgunned Tommy Karpency to retire after 4 rounds. Owing partially to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was 20 months earlier than Ramirez was within the ring once more. On his return in December final yr, the Mazatlan man scored a Tenth-round stoppage of the spirited Alfonso Lopez.
Previous to transferring as much as light-heavy, the 41-0 (27) Ramirez loved a extremely profitable spell at super-middleweight, the place he cemented himself as one of many elite fighters within the division. Among the many noteworthy names that he defeated throughout this era have been Maxim Vlasov, Arthur Abraham and Jesse Hart (twice) – everywhere in the lengthy route.
For Barrera, 22-3 (14), the competition with Ramirez shall be his first outing in over two years. Final day out in June 2019, the Miami-based boxer succumbed to a transparent unanimous factors loss towards the aforementioned Hart. In March of the earlier yr, Barrera was dominated and stopped within the twelfth by Dmitry Bivol, who has gone on to show himself as one of many absolute best 175-pounders round. Eight months after the Bivol reverse, Barrera claimed a complete unanimous resolution over the gutsy Sean Monaghan.
The standout opponent on Barrera’s document is Corridor of Famer Andre Ward, who inflicted a primary defeat upon the Guantanamo native again in March 2016 through vast unanimous verdict. Barrera has, nevertheless, bought the higher of some succesful foes, together with Karo Murat, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and, most notably, Joe Smith Jnr. Murat and Shabranskyy have been each knocked out, whereas Bernard Hopkins conqueror Smith had his jaw damaged and was unanimously outpointed.
A 2000 Junior World gold medallist, at his finest Barrera is a intelligent mover who places his punches collectively easily. Though the 39-year-old possesses good boxing expertise, he’s completely satisfied to commerce pictures on the within. This has allowed him to show his admirable gameness and grit, but has additionally resulted in him being despatched to the canvas quite a lot of instances.
Tall, rangy and athletic, the skilled Ramirez likes to field and transfer together with his correct jab. An clever operator who boasts spectacular selection, the solid-chinned 30-year-old unleashes flowing mixtures made up of sturdy proper hooks, looping uppercuts and punishing physique blows. Anticipate the youthful fighter to well manoeuvre his technique to a convincing victory over 12 rounds.
The chief help on a stacked present sees No. 4 super-featherweight Joseph Diaz, 31-1-1 (15), step as much as light-weight to fulfill Dominican Javier Fortuna, 36-2-1 (25) 2NC, who’s the No. 10 contender at 135lbs. This would be the fifth battle in a row that Diaz has fought a fellow southpaw.
5 months in the past, Diaz (Downey, California) missed weight when taking over the damaging and undefeated Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov at super-feather, with the match ending in a majority draw. Fortuna (Braintree, Massachusetts), in the meantime, is coming off a sixth-round KO of an out-of-form Antonio Lozada in November.
A tricky and proficient 2012 Olympian, the 28-year-old Diaz works the physique nicely, whereas the hard-hitting Fortuna, 31, is ready to frustrate opponents together with his efficient spoiling techniques. This 12-rounder is just not a straightforward one to name, however the decide is for Diaz to prevail on the scorecards.
Elsewhere, a pair of veteran feminine belt-holders are set for defences over 10-twos. Tenkai Tsunami (WBO light-flyweight) faces unbeaten native Seniesa Estrada, whereas the near-46-year-old Naoko Fujioka (WBA flyweight) fights Sulem Urbina. One other spotlight of the undercard is the 10-round light-weight assembly between Hector Tanajara and portsider William Zepeda, who’re every trying to keep an ideal document.
The Verdict Ramirez goals to duplicate his super-middleweight success at light-heavy.