Undefeated former world champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (43-0, 29 KOs) of Mazatlán, Mexico scored a stoppage of Cuba’s Yunieski "The Monster" Gonzalez (21-4, 17 KOs) in a WBA light heavyweight title eliminator, which took place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Ramirez and Gonzalez started off their fight aggressively as Gonzalez launched a surprising attack on Ramirez in the first round. The round had Ramirez back tracking as he tried to find some distance and counter the Cuban’s attack. Ramirez, gained control and pushed back Gonzalez as the bell signaled the end of the first round.

In the rounds that would follow, Ramirez learned what to expect and began dictating the pace of the fight. He launched attacks, that at many times left Gonzalez, stunned as he tried to find his feet. Every time it appeared that Ramirez would close the show, Gonzalez would somehow find the strength to rally with punches of his own.

Finally in the tenth round, Ramirez cornered Gonzalez on the ropes, unleashing a series of combinations that had no response - forcing the referee to wave the fight off.

Ramirez is now the mandatory challenger to WBA champion Dmitry Bivol - a fight Ramirez has been asking for and would like to secure in 2022.

“[Gonzalez] is a great fighter. I knew he was going to be tough because he showed no fear in his eyes,” said Ramirez. “He had nothing to lose, and I knew he was going to come with everything he had. Thank you Yunieski for taking the fight.

“I tried to land body shots and he was prepared. So, I had to change my attacks and focus on hitting him upstairs so I could get the victory. My hand is a little hurt but that is the price you pay to win. I am ready for the next challenge, I want Bivol. He can’t run anymore, I am coming for him.

“I dedicate this fight to Vicente Fernandez, a great Mexican legend. I come from Mexico, and he inspired me to live my dream and I want to show everyone that they can live their dreams too. There are no barriers besides yourself."