Gilberto Ramirez: Bivol has said that he is not afraid to fight me; I guess he was scared

Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez was less disappointed when he failed to land a title for the next game than when there was no explanation as to why that was the case.

The undefeated former super middleweight player spent the better time of 2021 calling for a showdown with WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. The two will fight in December, though not against each other, although Ramirez is led to believe that such a fight will happen.

Ramirez told BoxingScene.com: “I wanted to fight Bivol because he called me out. “He said he was not afraid to fight me. I did not know what had happened. I guess he’s scared.”

After being unable to put Bivol (18-0, 11KOs) to shame in such a fight, Ramirez (42-0, 28KOs) will now try to make a hand.

The 30-year-old male tennis player from Mazatlan, Mexico next will face Yunieski Gonzalez (21-3, 17KO)—a veteran Cuban contender and out-of-Miami export—atop DAZN December 18 from Center AT&T in San Antonio. The scheduled 12-round bout is a WBA light heavyweight title knockout, with the next guaranteed winner facing the winner of a December 11 title fight between Bivol and Umar Salamov. (26-1, 19KOs) in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

“I’m happy. It’s a knockout and will guarantee me a title fight,” said Ramirez, who fights for the second time under the Golden Boy banner since signing with the US-based company. Los Angeles earlier this year, noted, “Not sure what happened, why Bivol didn’t join the fight. But now I have to take care of the business and go get the belts.”

The match will be the third in exactly a year for Ramirez after having previously been sidelined for more than 20 months due to a previous dispute with former promoter Top Rank. Ramirez did a quick Sullivan Barrera in his previous game, stopping the old title challenger for four rounds this past July 9 at Banc of America Stadium in Los Angeles. While the belt isn’t threatened for his next outing, keeping that running outweighs waiting longer than necessary for a headline hit that’s clearly not guaranteed to happen. next.

“It’s very important,” Ramirez said of hitting another match in 2021. “I want to be more active, no matter what the opponent is. I still want to fight for the title. Sooner or later, my time will come.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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