By Ryan Burton
Top rated super middleweight contender Jesse Hart (22-0) is very excited that his title shot against WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez (35-0) has been officially announced. The fight takes place on September 22nd in Tucson, Arizona and will be broadcast on ESPN.
"It feels good. It feels wonderful to get this opportunity. This is a major opportunity, a life changing opportunity for me and I am going to do everything possible to get that world title," said Hart.
The 28-year-old Philadelphia native took exception to recent comments made by Ramirez in article on this site. Ramirez labeled Hart as a "runner" and said that he has a plan to slow down his "running" style.
Hart reached out to BoxingScene.com to respond to Ramirez's comments.
"He is an okay fighter. Nothing spectacular. He must have done something right to win a title but I don't like the remarks that he has been making about me on the interview he gave to BoxingScene about all of this that I am not a good fighter and you are going to pressure me and what you are going to do and how you are going to do it. It is a bunch of nonsense," said Hart.
"I mean you haven't had a knockout since 2014. I mean you say all these hellacious things and all these remarks about what you are going to do and how you are going to do it and you haven't had a knockout since 2014. I give him respect for becoming a champion but as a fighter he is not a puncher. He is a tall kid who got over on an old Arthur Abraham and that is really where it is at."
While Hart wasn't impressed with Ramirez's win over Abraham he did praise Chris Eubank Jr. for the way that he beat Abraham last month.
"No I wasn't impressed. No I wasn't impressed (with Ramirez). He saying I'm a runner and he ran that whole fight. Not one time did he step to a 40 something year old man. I take no credit from Chris Eubank Jr. though. He stepped to Abraham and fought him good. He didn't run the whole night," Hart explained.
He also questioned Ramirez's punching power and experience in the ring before his United States debut in 2013
"So if I am a runner then what are you? We got to do better. You got to do interviews better. I have been here in America fighting so I have learned. You haven't had that good experience. You have fought most of your fights in Mexico. If we really going to check his resume, most of your fights have been in the bull yards in Mexico. Every last fight until you fought Derrick Findley (in 2013) was in a bull yard in Mexico. Am I right? That is where fighters go to build their records up. That is where fighters go from the United States to build their records up - to Mexico. Am I right or am I wrong?" Hart stated.
The always confident Hart said that he will put his money where his mouth is and prove that he is the better fighter when he steps in the ring across from Ramirez. He said that the difference in skill level will be very evident and the whole world will see.
"September 22nd in Tucson, Arizona on ESPN, the fans are going to see the best of Jesse Hart - fighting smart, hand speed, and maneuvering this kid, showing him how to box. Showing him what boxing is all about. Showing him that a C level fighter isn't supposed to in the ring with an A level fighter. I am going to show you the difference. I can guarantee one thing, this isn't going the whole 12 rounds," Hart told BoxingScene.com.
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