Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez is going to apply a lot of pressure to secure a fight with WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
This past weekend in California, Ramirez easily stopped Dominic Boesel in four rounds in a WBA final eliminator.
Bivol was also in action earlier this month, when he shocked the biggest name in the sport. At the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, he outboxed Saul "Canelo" Alvarez over twelve rounds to secure a dominant unanimous decision.
Ramirez believes that he not only can beat Bivol once they meet in the ring, he also predicts a knockout ending.
“After the fight [Bivol and Canelo] had, my fight with Bivol is a must,” said Ramirez to ESPN Deportes. "And when that fight happens, I assure you that I am the only Mexican who can defeat him, and not only that, I think that after what we saw [in the Canelo fight] - I can knock him out."
“We are going to ask for the fight, it's a mandatory, so we hope that he will comply because here I am and we are ready to take advantage of that championship opportunity at 175 pounds, which is what we have been asking for since we moved up a division."
Ramirez had previously held the WBO world title at super middleweight and made several defenses before deciding to jump in weight to pursue more gold.
Bivol could hold out for the winner of next month's showdown between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith - who battle for the IBF, WBC, WBO light heavyweight titles.
There is also the possibility of a second fight with Canelo, who has the ability to exercise an immediate rematch clause.