Gilberto Ramirez May Remain at 168 For 1-2 Years, Then 175

By Ryan Burton

Gilberto Ramirez (38-0) may have dominated Roamer Angulo (23-1) Saturday night in his ESPN headlining fight but it wasn't easy.

The final scores were 120-108 and 119-109 twice but the 26-year-old's trainer Hector Zapari said that getting down to the 168 pound super middleweight limit is starting to affect the nearly 6'3" Ramirez's performances in the ring.

The WBO super middleweight champion began his career in the middleweight division and Zapari believes that the way they are getting down in weight isn't as effective as it should be.

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"I am going to speak with Gilberto and my dad (Jesus who is Ramirez's manager and co-trainer) to discuss how much longer he can realistically stay at 168. Lately the weight is starting to cost him and effect how he fights. In this last fight making weight affected him a bit.  We need to get together and get a plan on how to make weight with less sacrifice so Gilberto can have more energy in the fight," Zapari told

"It really is just a question of how we maintain his weight. He just need to get a little more organized and I think he can stay at this weight for another year or two and then when a big fight presents itself at 175 we can move up in weight."

Zapari is very confident that Ramirez can still be effective at the weight class and just minor adjustments are needed. They plan on making the changes in their next training camp and expects immediate results.

"Gilberto is a very disciplined fighter and there won't be any problems making the adjustments. It is just a matter of putting a plan together and executing it," said Zapari.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scipio2009 on 07-04-2018

[QUOTE=E-Thug;18914459]This ^ I was once a fan of Joe but since the Top Rank deal, he's become ****ing unbearable to listen to. Constantly sucking off the home fighter, his commentary during Lomachenko V Linares was disgraceful[/QUOTE] Joe Tessitore is a…

Comment by chaosisme on 07-04-2018

I find Ramirez about as entertaining as Leo Santa Cruz. The sooner he steps up and loses, the better.

Comment by E-Thug on 07-04-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18914349]I doubt it's even that; Joe Tessitore was on national TV, spending a good 40 minutes, trying to convince the world that Lenny Z and Saucedo were in the fight of the year, when that hasn't even been the best…

Comment by petero on 07-04-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18914349]I doubt it's even that; Joe Tessitore was on national TV, spending a good 40 minutes, trying to convince the world that Lenny Z and Saucedo were in the fight of the year, when that hasn't even been the best…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 07-04-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18914277]I guess Bob's (Top Rank) only strategy is purse bids. That, to me, is a good strategy if you're willing to win the purse bid! If not, what's the purpose?[/QUOTE] I doubt it's even that; Joe Tessitore was on national…

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