Gilberto Ramirez Claims That He Never Vacated WBO Title

By Miguel Rivera

There appears to be some confusion with respect to the WBO super middleweight title.

Earlier this week, it was announced by the World Boxing Organization that Billy Joe Saunders and Shefat Isufi were ordered to collide for the vacant title at 168-pounds. Both camps were issued a letter to collide for the vacant belt, and their contest takes place on April 13 in London.

Gilberto Ramirez, who made five defenses of the WBO crown at 168 pounds, has denied that he ever walked away from the belt.

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According to Ramirez, he communicated with the president of the WBO, Francisco Valcárcel, and received the green light to fight at 175 while continuing to maintain his WBO title - as long as he complied with a mandatory order to fight Jesse Hart in a rematch - which Ramirez won in December.

While Ramirez is focused on invading the light heavyweight division, he admits that a unification with someone like Callum Smith would delay his rise to 175.

"I have not vacated the title, I will fight at 175 pounds to see how I feel, I spoke to Paquito (Valcárcel), I told him I have an optional fight and he gave me his support," Ramirez told ESTO.

"We still do not have a confirmed date for this preparation fight at 175 pounds, but it could take place in April. If a unification with Smith or another champion comes up we will take it and then we would settle in half-full, I would move up after unifying my title, I hope it can happen in the coming months."

For now, he is training in Los Angeles with Joel Flores, who supports him in the gym; He added that next week he will meet his new team after thanking the Zápari family, Jesús and Héctor - who Ramirez parted ways with a few weeks ago.

"I still have not finalized who my head coach will be, I'm looking at the possible options, I want to make the best decision without rushing," Ramirez concluded.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SHOOTALLCLOWNS on 02-22-2019

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;19529569]yup clearly Arum told the WBO Ramirez is vacating because he is working with Warren now and this was planned out to get Saunders a vacated belt fighting a bum. There was even a report that Ramirez was going to…

Comment by SHOOTALLCLOWNS on 02-22-2019

ramirez wants to move up and hold his belt hostage! screw that. strip him and make him move up and take tough fights.

Comment by Phill lynott on 02-22-2019

I can see that unfortunately. I can't help but think they've been trying to get him out of the way anyway they can. So what going back to carpetbegger tricks?

Comment by bigdunny1 on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;19528881]Lol Arum and the WBO screwed this kid because of his new deal With Frank Warren so that Saunders can fight some bum for the title! Awful[/QUOTE] yup clearly Arum told the WBO Ramirez is vacating because he is working…

Comment by Phill lynott on 02-21-2019

Let me play hypothetical dreamer for a minute: I always said nobody wants any part of Zurdo at 168 except that stubborn puncher from Philly. So if it really is a matter of coaxing a big name to match up…

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