The first super middleweight champion in Mexican boxing history, Gilberto Ramirez, wants to capture his second world title, he vows to surpass Floyd Mayweather's undefeated record (50-0, 27 KO's), and longs to secure a showdown with countryman Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
After capturing the WBO world title at 168 and becoming a major play at the weight, the 29-year-old Ramirez decided to pursue bigger things at light heavyweight in 2019.
"I want to be world champion again, have all the titles, unify, and in the long term I want to be a legend. Overcoming Mayweather's mark is the first record I want to have," Ramirez (41-0, 27 KO's) said in an interview with Jocelin Flores.
"I want to have better fights, to fight for another title, to become champion again, to unify. That's what I need."
With more than a decade of experience in the pro ranks, Ramirez was crowned the 168-pound champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) in 2016 after dominating Arthur Abraham. He then made five successful defenses before moving up to 175 pounds where he picked up wins over Thomas Karpency and Alfonso Lopez.
Ramirez recently signed a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions.
"Boxing has given me great satisfaction and I want more. I am where I want to be and I will get (to reach my goals)," Ramirez mentioned.
And he hopes to eventually get his hands on Canelo.
"I think that opportunity is going to be given, that fight has to be given because the public is asking for that fight. We are two Mexicans, we are the ones who are right now in our best moments and people are asking for that fight, I think that in 2022 it can happen. I have more skills than him, I'm smart in the ring and I'm bigger than him," Ramirez said.
"People want to see that type of fight and this is what boxing lacks since it has lost a lot of credibility, I think it would give both of us a lot of good press to fight together."