Former WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo'' Ramirez is preparing for his next return to the ring, which may take place on a date in June against light heavyweight veteran Sullivan Barrera of Cuba.

The upcoming outing will be the first fight for Ramirez under the Golden Boy Promotions banner.

The goal is obviously to secure a second divisional title - with the current light heavyweight champions being Artur Beterbiev (WBC, IBF), Joe Smith (WBO) and Dmitry Bivol (WBA).

"We must move forward. There's nothing more than that. I got out of a situation [with Top Rank] and now I'm looking ahead. I am very happy with my trajectory, for all the satisfactions that boxing has given me," Ramirez told George Ebro.

"I've talked to [Golden Boy CEO] Oscar [De La Hoya] a lot. Chances are I'll be back in June. The main thing is to keep training, keep wanting it, because I want to keep making history. Zurdo will be around for a while and I'll be champion again.''

"It was difficult [to stay active] because of the coronavirus, everything was closed. It was hard for everyone, not just me, but you have to get up. That's life, but I'm moving on and in a couple of years I'm going to unify the titles. I want to give something back to the boxing that's given me so much. I want all the titles, I want what [Bivol and Beterbiev] have. I'm sorry for them, but the Zurdo Ramirez is in the light heavyweight division and I'm going to conquer everything.''

Another potential opponent in the weight class is former unified world champion Sergey Kovalev, who has been inactive since a knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez in the fall of 2019.

"That's another one of the fights that people want to see. I'd be honored to fight him. He's had a good track record, I've followed him, but you have to train to beat your idols. I want to be world champion, for my family, my children who make me rise every day," Ramirez said.