Ramirez crushes Boesel in four

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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

In a WBA light heavyweight eliminator, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (44-0, 30 KOs) of Mazatlán, Mexico, scored a one-sided fourth round KO over former WBA interim champion Dominic Boesel (32-3, 12 KOs) of Freyburg, Germany, on Saturday night at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. It was target practice as Ramirez dominated and finally dropped Boesel to end it. Time was 1:33. Ramirez is now the mandatory challenger for WBA champion Dmitry Bivol.

Zurdo patiently began boxing, popping the jab and following up with inside punches. Referee Thomas Taylor issued a warning to Boesel for holding Ramirez’s head down during the clinch. Ramirez ripped away inside in round two as Boesel stood stationary for the Mexican to target. Zurdo’s inside attack appeared to be softening the German. Stalking in the third, Zurdo continued to target the body as Boesel shelled up and stayed up against the ropes. Coming out to attack in the fourth, Zurdo pumped the jab and backed Boesel ripping inside with uppercuts and cornering the German connecting with a left uppercut and followed by a right in scoring a knockdown and finishing Boesel as referee Thomas Taylor stopped the fight at 1:33 of round four.

With the win Ramirez makes his case as one of the top light heavyweights in the world as he hopes to take on the winner of Arthur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. or perhaps the fight, he has been chasing for quite some time WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, who is coming off a decision win over Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

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  • Huge mismatch! Is zurdo that good, boesel that bad or a little of both?

    • ZURDO would be starched in 8-9 rounds by either BIVOL, BETERBIEV, or JOE SMITH Jr. He weighted for this fight 204… WTF!!!

  • Boesel was, as I expected, a low level opposition for Zurdo, who is ready for much more competitive opossition in the LHW

  • Zurdo needs to get in the mix so we can really truly see if he is special or only protected. Let’s hope time will tell very soon.

  • Ratings can be really ” padded “as is the case with Boesel ..he had a go but was from a far lower level than Ramirez !!!!!!!

  • wow, 44-0 that says a lot about his experience.. he’s faced all kinds of fighters… I hope he keeps winning and then retire after going 7 more fights and wins all and retire.. it will beat Floyd’s record.. i’m sure he has that in mine.

  • Zurdo came in weighing 204. He gained 30 lbs in 24 hours! How is this not illegal? It looked like a heavyweight fighting a light heavyweight! The weigh-in should be on the day of the fight.

    • That is a ton of weight to be gaining in such a short time. This tells me 2 things.

      1. He’s not being disciplined.
      2. His career will not last long with the extreme weight fluctuations.

      Let’s hope that he can make a few big money fights before it’s over.

  • I think Zurdo is more difficult to beat for Bivol than Canelo.

  • If he continues fighting such poor opposition, he’s really going to beat Mayweather’s record..

  • Another weight bully Mexican fighting nothing but bums. Ramirez is definitely on clenbuterol. Bivol beats him up despite likely being 17-18 lbs lighter on fight night.

    • Lol. He’s not from canelos team. No cheating need it. He said he eat a lot of tacos…. That’s why he strong. And canelo is vegan

    • Agree with you 100%. ZURDO is OVERRATED. I believe either BIVOL, BETERBIEV, or JOE SMITH Jr. would starch the Mexican.

  • How about Zurdo vs Benavidez at 175 lbs, since Benavidez is a Light Heavyweight, at least?

    • That would actually be a great scrap. Not sure if Benavides is a true lt.heavy, but if he comes in ready to go 12, it’s a must see.

    • Why? Benavidez is waiting for canelo. He will be interim champion the mandatory soon. Why start over? He made weight easy last 2 fights…. U sound like the wbc president…. He tried to pull that off by ranking Benavidez at 175….lol. Trying to save the ex p4p. That why Benavidez is fighting for the interim belt.

    • BENAVIDEZ would be a good match for ZURDO. ZURDO would be starched in 8-9 rounds by either BIVOL, BETERBIEV, or JOE SMITH JR.

  • What a terrible mismatch! Zurdo needs to fight bivol to establish credibility as a real champ and stop fighting bums making pennies!

    • He wanted that fight but canelo put his nose on that. And Bivol choose the money fight..Bivol not scare but he can fight for all belts if he gets the winner of Beterbiev vs Smith or go down to challenge canelo for All belts at 168.

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