At the end of the fight, the one born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, challenged Dmitry Bivol with a forceful message: "you are next."
In just four rounds, Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramírez demonstrated his boxing power and defeated Cuban Sullivan Barrera to remain undefeated.
To the rhythm of Bad Bunny and the corridos from Sinaloa, the Mexican went out to the ring of the B anc of California Stadium to increase his record of 41 fights won, 27 by knockout, and zero losses. On the other side was Sullivan, trying to be the one who would try to take that celebration away from him.
The first two rounds were of reconnaissance. None of the boxers was hurt. The "Zurdo" tried to find his rival but failed to connect any accurate blow. However, despite caution, he received a slap to the face near the end of the second episode, a situation that triggered his subsequent performance.
Already in the third period, Ramírez did not skimp on energy. On the contrary, he decisively set out in search of Sullivan. Some exchanges of blows leveled the situation, but the Mazatlán, Sinaloa-born, achieved a combination that culminated with the Cuban kneeling on the canvas.
The fourth round played out in a similar fashion. After a few seconds, "Zurdo" caught his opponent and sent him to the mat after a hook to the abdomen. Sullivan got up to continue the fight but fell to the canvas for the second time. At that moment, the fight was stopped at the request of the rival corner.
At the end of this magnificent performance, Gilberto Ramírez assured that the blows that gave him victory were not fortuitous since he trained them for a long time and described them as "beautiful."
Finally, he dedicated this fight to all Mexicans. He challenged the Russian boxer Dmitry Bivol with a strong message: "you are next."
This fight marked his debut in the Golden Boy Promotions company. It took another step to equal the record of undefeated fights held by Floyd Mayweather, a boxer who won 50 battles, 27 of them by knockout.
Gilberto Ramírez Sánchez works in the light heavyweight category. According to ESPN's ranking by category, he is listed as the fifth-best exponent of 175 pounds. However, he was the first Mexican to get the title of champion at 168 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).
His promoter, Óscar de la Hoya, assured that the “Zurdo” is ready to face the best pound for pound of the moment, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez. Controversial as this may sound, he backed the claims and endorsed the former boxer to face the unified 168-pound champion.
During a press conference before his lawsuit against Cuban Sullivan Barrera, he assured that "the fight (with Canelo) will happen shortly. It is good because people have asked for that fight. Whenever two Mexicans step into the ring, they expect a fight. This is to be in Mexico. That would be incredible.
He was born on June 19, 1991, and is 11 months younger than the man from Guadalajara. His first fight as a professional led him in his home state at 18 years of age and defeated compatriot Jeseth Magallanes via knockout. Since then, he has shown outstanding qualities as a fighter and won the next four fights with the same method. In all his history, he has 26 victories via chloroform.
Although like Álvarez, he had great performances in the two categories below 168 pounds, he has expressed the difficulty of arriving at fights with the right weight on several occasions. In this way, he decided to enter a category higher, as a light heavyweight fighter, where he feels more comfortable, more robust, and will face the Cuban Sullivan Barrera under the representation of Golden Boy Promotions.