Gilberto Ramirez

  • WINS
    46
  • Losses
    1
  • Draws
    0
  • ko's
    30
  • Alias
    Zurdo
  • Height
    189
  • Reach
    191
  • Division
  • Cruiserweight
  • Age
  • 33
  • Country
  • MexicoMexico
  • Born in
  • Mazatlan
  • KO PERCENTAGE
  • 65.22%
  • Bouts
  • 47
  • ROUNDS BOXED
  • 289
  • Stance
  • S

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Biography

Early Life and Amateur Career

 

Gilberto Ramirez, affectionately known as “Zurdo,” was born on June 19, 1991, in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Growing up in a region passionate about boxing, Ramirez found his calling in the sport at a young age. His introduction to boxing was a classic tale of seeking a path that would lead him away from the hardships and potential pitfalls of life in a challenging environment. He began training as a boxer when he was just 12 years old, drawn to the discipline and potential for personal development that the sport offered.

 

Ramirez’s amateur career was notably successful, serving as a solid foundation for his professional aspirations. He compiled an impressive amateur record, participating in over 50 fights. His prowess in the ring during these early years was not only a testament to his skill but also to his dedication and the rigorous training regime he followed. His time as an amateur was marked by several national championships, showcasing his dominance and potential early on. These achievements in national competitions across Mexico helped him gain recognition and respect in the boxing community, setting the stage for his transition to professional boxing.

 

Despite the lack of detailed records of his specific opponents and dates from his amateur days, Ramirez’s early experiences in boxing were pivotal. They shaped his technical skills and built his resilience, qualities that would become trademarks of his style and career. His journey from an amateur to a professional was fueled by his ambition and the support of his family and trainers, who believed in his potential to compete on the world stage.

 

Professional Career

 

Gilberto Ramírez initiated his professional boxing journey in 2009, demonstrating an impressive trajectory early in his career. By April 2010, Ramírez had already made significant strides, knocking out veteran fighter Jesus Ayala in the second round in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico. His ascent continued in December 2010 when he knocked out the then-undefeated Rogelio Medina, capturing the vacant WBC Youth middleweight title at the Gimnasio German Evers in Mazatlán.

 

2011 marked Ramírez’s move to the super-middleweight division, beginning with a knockout victory over 32-year-old Antonio Arras, followed by a stoppage of Francisco Villanueva in seven rounds. He temporarily moved back to middleweight in July 2011 to defend his WBC Youth title, successfully retaining it against challengers like Oney Valdez, Amilcar Edgardo Funes Melian, and Samuel Miller—all concluded within the distance. Later that year, he faced Jaime Barboza in a ten-round bout, securing a unanimous decision win.

 

Continuing his career at super-middleweight, Ramírez took on Isaac Mendez, earning a TKO victory in the eighth round. He also successfully defended the WBC Youth title against Richard Gutierrez and Marcus Upshaw, both matches culminating in unanimous decision wins. In February 2013, Ramírez’s burgeoning reputation led to negotiations with Top Rank, culminating in his U.S. debut against Derrick Findley in August 2013 at the Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California, where he triumphed by unanimous decision.

 

In early 2014, Ramírez defeated Don Mouton by knockout at the Laredo Energy Arena in Texas. Shortly after, he faced Giovanni Lorenzo at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, knocking Lorenzo down three times and securing a TKO victory, along with the vacant NABF and WBO NABO super-middleweight titles. His prolific year continued with a knockout win against Junior Talipeau in Macau, followed by a title defense against Fulgencio Zúñiga in San Antonio, enhancing his knockout ratio to 80%.

 

2015 saw Ramírez engaging in a competitive bout against Maxim Vlasov in Broomfield, Colorado, narrowly winning by decision and cementing his status as a contender in the super-middleweight category. His continued success in the ring led to further fights against notable opponents such as Derek Edwards, Gevorg Khatchikian, and a pivotal world title fight against Arthur Abraham in 2016, where he emerged victorious, securing the WBO super-middleweight title. Following his championship win, Ramírez successfully defended his title against several challengers, showcasing his dominance in the division. He ventured into new weight classes, including a move to light heavyweight in 2019, where he continued to assert his prowess against formidable opponents such as Tommy Karpency and later Dmitry Bivol, although facing his first professional defeat against Bivol in November 2022.

 

By 2023, Ramírez had ventured into the cruiserweight division, making a successful debut against Joe Smith Jr. in Las Vegas and later capturing the WBA cruiserweight title against Arsen Goulamirian in March 2024, marking his status as the first Mexican to win a title in this weight class.

 

Notable Quotes:

 

“I have changed my entire team. This is a new beginning for me. Julian and Joel have brought a new element to my game. and the result of this training will show.”

 

“I was the first Mexican fighter to win a super middleweight world title. Now, I want to become the second Mexican to win a light heavyweight world title. I want to make history in boxing.”

 

“I feel that there will be a lot of Mexicans fans supporting me in the arena on Saturday night and that motivates me a lot. I come well prepared to defend my title and bring it back to my country.”

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