Former World Super Middleweight Champion and top light heavyweight contender, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (43-0, 39 KOs), is fully focused on his May 14th opponent, German Dominic Boesel (32-2, 12 KOs), not the winner of this week’s fight between Zurdo’s fellow countryman, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Light Heavyweight Champion Dmiity Bivol.
If Zurdo defeats Boesel in their 12-round main event match, the reigning International Boxing Organization (IBO) Light Heavyweight World titleholder and WBA No. 1 rated contender, No. 2 ranked Ramirez will be positioned to challenge the Alvarez-Bivol winner. But he needs to get past Boesel to force his long-sought world light heavyweight title fight against Canelo of Bivol.
“Zurdo vs. Boesel,” presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zurdo Promotions and SES Boxing, will stream live and exclusively on DAZN from Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.
“Whatever happens,” Ramirez said about the Canelo vs. Bivol fight, “I’ll be ready for the winner of that fight. Both are great fighters, but I’m ready to beat both.”
“I expect an all-out fight (vs. Boesel). This is a life-changing fight for him, so I’m prepared for anything he throws at me. My team has been getting me ready and I have full confidence I will be the victor come fight night.”
Ramirez has several advantages over Boesel: higher quality experience, the fact Boesel has never fought outside of Europe, his hometown advantage with the fight in his adopted home and his Mexican fans coming out in force.
“I’m the best in the world and will always have the advantage,” Ramirez added. “But I still can’t take him (Boesel) lightly. He’s a longtime pro who knows how to take advantage of the moment.”
“It’s convenient for me (fighting in the LA area), but at the end of the day it’s a fight. To me, it doesn’t matter if it’s held in Zurich, Frankfurt, Tokyo, or Mexico, I can fight anywhere. I don’t worry about the other fights (in southern California the same day – Charlo-Castano in Carson, Kovalev-Pulev in Inglewood). I’m just focused on my fight, and I know that come fight night, my fans and all my Mexican people will be with me.”