Gilberto Ramirez to make 175-pound debut on Lomachenko-Crolla

By Ryan Burton

In a recent article on, Jake Donovan reported that a purse bid had been avoided and that Vasiliy Lomachenko would defend his WBA/WBO lightweight titles against his WBA mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla. 

The fight will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will stream live on ESPN+.

Multiple sources have also confirmed to that former WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (39-0) will make his light heavyweight debut in the co-feature bout that will be scheduled for 10 rounds against an opponent to be determined.

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Ramirez made history in 2016 when he shutout Arthur Abraham to become the first Mexican to win a world title in the super middleweight division.  He defended his title 5 times with his last defense taking place in December when he defeated Jesse Hart via majority decision in Texas.

Making the 168 pound weight limit was becoming extremely difficult for the nearly 6'3" Ramirez and he announced after his rematch against Hart that he was moving up.

Ramirez also parted ways with his long time manager/trainer duo of Jesus and Hector Zapari shortly after that fight.  He is expected to announce his new trainer in the next few days.

If everything goes well after his next fight, Ramirez wants to face one of Top Rank's light heavyweight champions immediately after.  Like Ramirez, WBO heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (who is promoted by Main Events), WBC kingpin Oleksandr Gvozdyk and IBF titleholder Artur Beterbiev all fight under the Top Rank banner.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MDPopescu on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=killakali;19529507]I think it says the fight is on the Loma-Crolla card on 4/12. Isn’t that like [B]7 weeks[/B]?[/QUOTE] ... right...........................

Comment by chrisJS on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=Pantera_;19529320]This is great news. Ramirez will be 175 champion soon believe me. He was too big for 168 it was hurting him to make the weight and it showed in the power department. But he is older now and at…

Comment by killakali on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;19529449]So: Zurdo is fighting a TBA in less than 3 weeks...[/QUOTE] I think it says the fight is on the Loma-Crolla card on 4/12. Isn’t that like 7 weeks?

Comment by Satir on 02-21-2019

"eurobums" must fight champions, then unify belts, if they duck you then move up and fight champs the weight above, "great american fighters" can have a 10-rounder tune-up, not a big deal, then you come back to you weight

Comment by Phill lynott on 02-21-2019

Fighting someone he doesn't know of or much about isn't new to Zurdo. He had back to back fights with undefeated fighters from two sides of the world last year. Both of which there was very little film on to…

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