Gilberto Ramirez reacts to recent WBA decision imperative over Dmitry Bivol

The WBA denied Dmitry Bivol’s request not to fight Gilberto Ramirez next.

This week started off as a slow news week, but as the weekend approaches, more things are being announced, impacting the fourth quarter schedule. The situation affected the WBA light heavyweight champion of the world Dmitry Bivol (20-0) and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0). Everyone got the impression that the fight was negotiated according to the original order, but that wasn’t the case.

This morning, the WBA sent out a tweet that shocked those who followed both teams’ statements. The announcement on the WBA account’s Twitter read, “The WBA Championship Committee has ratified the mandatory fight between light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and his mandatory challenger Gilberto Ramirez.” That first tweet was a little confusing as everyone knew that Ramirez was the was duty. Then the WBA further tweeted: “After receiving a request for special permission from the champion to fight Joshua Buatsi and after a detailed investigation of the same, the WBA denied this permission, leaving Bivol and Ramirez by the 10 originally planned) to reach an agreement to score or the fight goes public.”

So it looks like Team Bivol was looking to fight Buatsi instead of Ramirez, but the WBA agreed with Ramirez and denied the request. As news of the WBA ruling broke, Ramirez took the time to address the situation. Was he surprised the WBA had to step in to step up the competitive fight they ordered nearly a month ago? Ramirez told FanSided, “I knew he didn’t want to fight me. His team didn’t want me to fight him and now it’s time to show up. It’s time to risk everything (the belt) and I’ll take it with me.”

Dmitry Bivol is likely to face Gilberto Ramirez towards the end of the year.

Ramirez continued: “I heard they want to fight me, but then they sent me a letter trying to fight Buatsi. It couldn’t happen, so I’m so glad about that. I am grateful to Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (President of the WBA) and Golden Boy. I am happy because I will get what I want and what I have asked for many times. It’s time to become a two-time world champion.”

After today’s end of “free negotiations”, could both teams reach an agreement? For this question Roberto Diaz, Vice President and Matchmaker of Golden Boy Promotions stepped in and said, ‘So the period for free negotiations ended today. Now they will give a few days to finalize the negotiations; otherwise they will give a date for an IPO. I agree with Zurdo’s feelings and I want to thank the President (WBA), Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, and the entire Board for doing good for boxing and Gilberto (Ramirez). He earned that right as he is the public defender and has fought two eliminators.”

Diaz continued, “This is a fight for boxing and for the fans. This is a fight that actually allows Zurdo to bring the belts back to Mexico and avenge the loss Canelo recently suffered. From the first day he walked into the Golden Boy offices he said he wanted to work with us but really wanted the Bivol fight. That was before Bivol defeated Canelo. This is a fight that must happen before the end of the year.”

That being said, Ramirez is extremely confident and feels ready to go now. “I’m done. I was ready. The question is if he’s ready to face me,” said the 31-year-old light heavyweight fighter from Mazatlan, Mexico. When asked when he was ready for this showdown, mentioned he November or December of this year, and if Bivol were standing in front of him now, he wouldn’t be snide, he’d just say “good luck.”

A fan favorite in the Southern California area, Ramirez knows they’ve been patiently waiting for her man to get another title shot. Ramirez has a message for fans who want to see him win in life. “I want to thank my fans for being so good to me. I am so grateful. They love me and I love them. I want to give this fight to all the fans, especially my mexicans and all the latinos. This is a dream come true and I just want to tell you that if you believe in yourself you will get anything you want.” Gilberto Ramirez reacts to recent WBA decision imperative over Dmitry Bivol

John Verrall

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