Dominic Boesel can envision at least one more light heavyweight upset this month.
The number-one ranked WBA contender is a longshot underdog to prevail in his U.S. debut, which comes in a title eliminator versus Mexico’s Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (43-0, 29KOs). Boesel travels from Germany to face the unbeaten former WBO super middleweight titlist in hostile territory this Saturday on DAZN from Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. A mandatory title shot at WBA light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11KOs) is at stake for the winner, with Boesel confident of coming up big in his most significant road trip and fight to date.
“First of all, I am ranked #1 by the WBA in the light heavyweight division, and Ramirez is ranked #2,” Boesel noted to BoxingScene.com. “I know that there will be a lot of Mexican fans at the venue, and there will be some big hype around Ramirez.
“Mostly, I feel that considering the experience in the last few fights of Ramirez’s career, this fight will push him. I am not afraid if the audience is against me.”
Boesel (32-2, 15KOs) steps well up in class but at least comes in with experience of fighting outside of his comfort zone. The former interim titlist and current fringe contender is unbeaten in six fights outside of his native Germany, though none even close to what he will experience in his fight this weekend with Ramirez, who is being groomed to become a two-division titlist.
The idea that Boesel has in mind is to ruin those plans for Ramirez and all his fans who will be in support of the Mexican southpaw.
“I am tall. I have range, and I am able to read my opponent,” insists Boesel, who claimed a split decision win over Robin Krasniqi last October to avenge a prior knockout loss. “I can change my style when needed, and I feel that with my boxing skills, I can defeat Ramirez.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox