Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez returns to the ring this weekend and will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering his first career defeat last time out. Stepping up against him is American veteran Gabriel Rosado who is desperate for a win himself, having lost three on the trot.
Here’s everything you need to know about a top night of boxing on the US west coast that also sees the incredibly promising ‘JoJo’ Diaz back in action.
Where: Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California
When: Saturday 18th March, 2023
How To Watch: The event will stream live on DAZN in over 200 countries across the globe, including the UK. The main card is set to get underway at 12am Sunday in the UK (8pm ET), with ringwalks for Ramirez vs Rosado scheduled for 3am (11pm ET). This could change depending on the length of the undercard.
Tale Of The Tape:
Place Of Birth: Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Record: 44-1 (30)
Last Fight: Ramirez’s undefeated record came to an end at the hands of Dmitry Bivol in November. The Russian earned a comfortable unanimous decision with scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111 in the tenth defence of his WBA light-heavyweight strap.
Place Of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Record: 26-16-1 (15)
Last Fight: Rosado suffered his third consecutive defeat in September, losing by unanimous decision to Ali Akhmedov in Las Vegas.
What They Say:
Ramirez: “I learned a lot from my first career loss against Bivol. He is a great fighter; I don’t take anything away from him. He had a good night, and I didn’t. The plan was to box him and step away from my usual forward fighting style.
“I do want the rematch; that is the plan. But, we will take care of business on March 18 and start thinking about my career’s next steps afterward.”
Full Fight Card:
Gilberto Ramirez vs Gabriel Rosado, light-heavyweight
Joseph Diaz vs Mercito Gesta, lightweight
Oscar Duarte Jurado vs Alex Martin, lightweight
Eric Tudor vs Damoni Cato-Cain, super welterweight
Patricio Manuel vs Hien Huynh, super featherweight
Dalis Kaleiopu vs Jonathan Perez, super featherweight
Jorge Chavez vs Damian Alcala, featherweight
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Picture credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing