Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez is still learning and growing as a boxer

Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez takes on Dominic Boesel in the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship knockout match on May 14th. He is undefeated but is always looking to improve.

Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez is the undefeated former WBO super middleweight champion and is rapidly moving up the light heavyweight rankings. Despite his success, Ramirez remains humble and eager to improve as a boxer.

Ramirez (43-0, 29 KOs) has blocked all four of his opponents since being promoted to light heavyweight in 2019. He won a 10th-round TKO over Yuneschi Gonzalez in a delightful fight in December.

Ramirez had Gonzalez in trouble multiple times throughout the game, but he also threw a lot. Overall, he felt like he played well against Gonzalez.

“It’s like nine because, one to ten, nine is because I did anything that got taken in the ring,” Ramirez told FanSided. “And I think Yuneski, he’s strong too.”

While Ramirez is happy with his looks, that doesn’t mean he’s happy with his progress.

Watch Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez vs. Dominic Boesel on DAZN on Saturday, May 14 at 8pm ET

“Every fight, every practice, every practice, you learn something different,” Ramirez said. “I think I’m still at my peak.”

Ramirez has a growth mindset. It’s frightening to think that 30-year-old Ramirez is still improving.

He’s nearly 6-foot-3, which is pretty big for a light heavyweight, and his strength at light heavyweight is impressive.

On Saturday, May 14th, he was tasked with Dominic Boesel in the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship knockout round. Talking to FanSided before Canelo Alvarez’s match against Dmitry Bivol, Ramirez hinted that he was very interested in that match as the winner could be his potential opponent.

Bivor made a decision on Alvarez, and if he beat Bothell, Ramirez would take the WBA title.

Boesel (32-2, 12 KOs) isn’t a big boxer, but Ramirez doesn’t seem like the type to let his guard down. He prides himself on his intelligence and considers it one of his best weapons in the ring.

“Because I’m smart,” Ramirez said of his abilities. “I punch a lot in the ring. And I can move. I can move myself, very good footwork.”

Ramirez is hungry for a title and ready to put in the work. He hopes 2022 will be busy.

“Well, I want to play three games this year,” Ramirez said.

If he gets Bothell, that leaves two fights for Ramirez. Bivor is the focus, but if he plays Alvarez in the rematch, Bivor may have to wait.

Ramirez has the pedigree and physical tools to dominate the light heavyweight division. He just needs a title.


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