Zurdo Ramirez made a robust debut with Golden Boy Promotions tonight on DAZN, dropping veteran Sullivan Barrera thrice and scoring a fourth spherical stoppage win, as he seems ahead now and targets world titles at gentle heavyweight.
Ramirez (42-0, 28 KO) and Barrera (22-4, 14 KO) seemed evenly matched sufficient for the primary two rounds, and Barrera was even doing fairly nicely within the third earlier than he was caught with a beautiful physique shot and went to the canvas.
The 39-year-old Cuban did survive that spherical, however Zurdo put him down two extra occasions within the fourth, and Barrera had nothing left, referee Thomas Taylor stepping in to cease the battle at 1:38 with individuals hitting the apron in Barrera’s nook, too.
Whereas Barrera is previous his greatest days and positively an outdated fighter, Ramirez additionally hadn’t actually had a critical battle in over two years, along with his final two coming in opposition to Tommy Karpency and Alfonso Lopez. This was rather more of a take a look at for Ramirez at 175, as these two and this one are his three bouts since transferring up from 168, the place he held a world title from 2016-18.
And he now has his sights on one other main belt, calling out WBA titleholder Dmitry Bivol, which might be the best title battle for him to make at 175 lbs proper now.
“I feel my efficiency was nice,” Ramirez mentioned. “Bivol, you’re subsequent! Everyone sees a unique Zurdo Ramirez. That is my division, I would like all of the belts.”
Requested if he feels he’s prepared for Bivol, which is a bizarre query to ask a 30-year-old fighter who’s already held a world title, Ramirez replied, “You need to ask him if he’s prepared for me.”
A robust debut at 135 lbs for JoJo Diaz, who took this battle when Ryan Garcia withdrew a few months again. This was additionally for the interim WBC title, and it’s been anticipated that the winner right here would possible — although not positively — get an order to face full titleholder Devin Haney, so Diaz might be taking a look at one other world title battle.
Diaz (32-1-1, 15 KO) received on scores of 115-112, 116-111, and 117-110. Unhealthy Left Hook had it 114-113 (my card) and 116-111 (Wil’s) for Diaz, who was minimize within the third spherical on a conflict of heads and likewise had some extent taken for hitting Fortuna behind the top in spherical 4.
Diaz has by no means been a giant puncher even at 126 and 130, and doesn’t determine to be one at 135, however he confirmed about what he at all times has earlier than, sufficient energy that opponents should respect what comes again at them, even when he’s not a knockout artist or something. He did rock Fortuna (36-3-1, 25 KO) a few occasions, together with notably within the tenth spherical.
If not Haney coming subsequent for Diaz, it might the truth is be Ryan Garcia, although one figures Garcia might return late this summer season, early within the fall, and presumably search for somebody a bit softer of a contact than Diaz immediately, although once more, that’s not particular. If Garcia is feeling good and assured, Diaz could be a really credible matchup, and if that’s larger cash than Haney, Diaz might nicely favor that battle.
Both manner, he’s assured in his future as a light-weight.
“I can battle these guys, I can battle all the highest contenders and champions at 135 lbs,” Diaz mentioned after the win. “Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, let’s make this shit occur, child! I’m prepared! 135, let’s get it!”
“JoJo as soon as once more confirmed plenty of guts, plenty of braveness, and a giant coronary heart,” mentioned promoter Oscar De La Hoya. “His first battle at 135 was not too shabby. I feel he did an incredible job in opposition to a man who’s been prevented for thus a few years.”
Scores had been 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91. Unhealthy Left Hook had it 99-91 and 99-91 on our two unofficial playing cards, as Estrada (21-0, 8 KO) picks up the WBO junior flyweight title
“She used to battle at banatmweight, she’s bodily larger and heavier than me,” Estrada mentioned. “For me to come back as much as 108 and battle her — I knew stepping in she could be quite a bit heavier. I didn’t really feel her energy, however I felt her heaviness coming ahead, it was tougher to maintain her off.”
“The physique was the primary factor on this battle,” she added. “She’s the larger fighter and no person ever works the physique.”
Requested about her want to completely unify at each 105 — the place she nonetheless holds a title — and 108, Estrada merely mentioned she hopes she will be able to get the fights made, and likewise addressed her very actual rival, flyweight titlist Marlen Esparza, as Estrada has additionally mentioned she would to win a title at 112.
“I beat her truthful and sq. and she or he stop. She doesn’t have any coronary heart,” Estrada mentioned. “She will make all the reasons she needs however that’s the reality. I do know she needed to come back right here tonight to witness greatness. We are able to get the rematch on within the car parking zone if she needs.”
Tsunami (28-13-1, 16 KO) positively gave the hassle for 10 rounds right here, however she was only a bit out of her depth in opposition to Estrada’s velocity and athleticism particularly, and it stayed constant via the battle. The 36-year-old veteran might nicely discover herself again in one other world title battle earlier than later, although. There are solely so many fighters on the market.
This was a well-matched battle on paper, two unbeaten lightweights trying to make a mark. Zepeda made the mark, as he most likely misplaced the primary spherical to Tanajara after which took over with quantity and energy, and Tanajara simply couldn’t get out of the pocket.
Tanajara (19-1, 5 KO) has at all times appeared like he might need a reasonably low ceiling on account of his lack of energy. He’s a tall light-weight at 5’10”, nice attain, and makes use of his jab solidly normally, however Zepeda (23-0, 21 KO) simply took it to him after the opening spherical right here, and was getting shut and shutting the gap late within the first, anyway. Tanajara, 24, simply couldn’t preserve him off, and you can inform after 5 rounds that coach Robert Garcia was getting near stopping the battle. After the sixth, when not a lot modified, they known as it off.
We’ll should see what Tanajara does from right here. It’s price noting that he hadn’t fought since Jan. 2020, so an extended break, and likewise that he had COVID simply this spring. He might bounce again, however this was an eye-opener battle for him for certain. Zepeda, 25, might be a very good opponent for a Ryan Garcia return. I’m guessing he’d leap at that chance, and whereas he’s obtained an incredible engine and good energy, Garcia is just not Tanajara, he’s not a light-weight puncher and he’s quite a bit sooner. That may be a kind of fights the place a promoter can promote it on the undefeated file and a strong win, despite the fact that the matchmakers quietly see it as a no brainer for the A-side.