Ramirez Coach: Big Fight at 168, Alvarez-Kovalev or Gvozdyk

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By Ryan Burton

WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez (39-0) successfully defended his title for the 5th time earlier this month when he won a majority decision over Jesse Hart in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The 27-year-old suffered an injury to his left arm in the 8th round but was able to gut it out and close the show strong, hurting Hart in the 12th round to seal the victory.

As BoxingScene.com first reported, ( https://www.boxingscene.com/trainer-gilberto-ramirez-escaped-major-injury-1-month-recovery–134835 ) Ramirez escaped a major injury and will just need a month of rest and rehabilitation before he can resume training.

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After the fight Ramirez said that he plans on moving up to the light heavyweight division but his promoter Top Rank Inc. would like to see the Sinaloa, Mexico native remain at the weight for at least one more fight. Ramirez’s trainer Hector Zapari said that they are willing to make the sacrifice to make weight for another fight but only for the right fight.

“If Bob Arum doesn’t give us a fight that motivates Gilberto then we are moving to 175 pounds and will want to go directly to face the Alvarez-Kovalev winner or Oleskandr Gvozdyk,” Ramirez told BoxingScene.com.

“Bob promised us a big fight and if we can’t get it at 168 then we will go to 175 so Gilberto won’t suffer to make weight.  Zurdo will have a lot more energy, be faster and will be a lot stronger after he moves up in weight.”

Ramirez’s trainer said that his fighter has really struggled in his past few fights and that it is affecting his performances. If Zapari could have it his way, Ramirez would have a major fight to end his run at super middleweight and then move up to the light heavyweight division where Top Rank has several attractive options available like WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider Alvarez, who recently signed a 2 year co-promotional contract with Top Rank, newly crowned WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksander Gvozdyk, and former unified champion Sergey Kovalev who is promoted by Main Events.

“He struggles to make 168. The last two fights I have wanted him to move up but he has wanted to get a big fight at 168 before moving up. He wants something that is worth the sacrifice he makes to make 168,” said Zapari.

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