Gilberto Ramirez Decisions Vlasov, Still Work In Progress

By Jake Donovan

Broomfield, Colo. -- Unbeaten super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez earned his biggest win to date, scoring a unanimous decision over Maxim Vlasov in Saturday evening at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. 

The bout serves in supporting capacity to the third fight between friendly rivals Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios. It didn't serve as the primer that event handlers hoped for, as action went from steady and bruising to methodical and lacking suspense, prompting boo birds to peek out on occasion. 

Neither fighter wasted any punches, fighting at a phone booth's distance and throwing and landing with conviction. After falling behind early, Vlasov caught Ramirez' attention with a straight right hand in round two, his best moment of the fight to that point. Mexico's Ramirez tok the shot well, coming right back to size control of the action. 

Ramirez turned things around in rounds three and four, but struggled in the fifth. Vlasov connected with uppercuts and straight right hands, and for the first time in the fight managed to outwork Ramirez, who was warned for low blows midway through the round.

The second half saw the fight stuck in one speed. It wasn't dull by any stretch, but neither fighter was really able to hurt the other, thus lacking in momentum shifts. Ramirez ate enough punches to where there was bruising and swelling under his left eye, while Vlasov had minor scuffs above his right eye. 

To his credit, Vlasov went all in down the stretch, likely upon the realization that he needed a knockout win. The moment never came for the Russian boxer, which meant an eventual loss. 

Scores were 97-93 (twice) and 96-94 in favor of Ramirez, who improves to 31-0 (25KOs). Vlasov suffers his first loss in four years, dropping to 30-2 (15KOs). 

Both fighters appeared on HBO's flagship station for the first time in their respective careers.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Aztekkas on 01-25-2015

[QUOTE=VAGAB0ND;15320234]Ramirez is definitely still a work in progress. What may have contributed to the less than stellar performance was the altitude and Vlasov's unorthodox movement. I don't think I've ever seen anybody with movement as awkward as Vlasov. And Ramirez…

Comment by Teetotaler on 01-25-2015

[QUOTE=_original_;15320201]Very different scenarios so can't really compare. Thurman was unfairly criticized for putting up a dominant shutout while the hyped up Ramirez struggled and failed to impress with glaring flaws on full display.[/QUOTE] Haha ur funny. Hyped up Ramirez? Nobody…

Comment by Ringlife on 01-25-2015

He looked like a super middle weight Antonio DeMarco in there last night, I had him winning a close decision by a point.

Comment by VAGAB0ND on 01-25-2015

Ramirez is definitely still a work in progress. What may have contributed to the less than stellar performance was the altitude and Vlasov's unorthodox movement. I don't think I've ever seen anybody with movement as awkward as Vlasov. And Ramirez…

Comment by sugarsmosley_ on 01-25-2015

fight was boring as hell. ramirez looks average too me. then again there are many 2-3 actual good fighters at super middleweight. so maybe he could grab a paper belt someday

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