Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez is seeking a fifth successful title defense. Jesse "Hollywood" Hart is out for revenge. (photos by Stacey Verbeek).
Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) will defend his WBO super middleweight world against Hart (25-1, 21 KOs) Friday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, site of his February knockout of Habib Ahmed. Ramirez bested Hart via unanimous decision last September in one of the finest world championship fights of 2017.
In the co-feature, unbeaten 140-pound contender Arnold Barboza Jr. (19-0, 7 KOs) will face Manuel Lopez (14-2-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
Ramirez-Hart 2 and Barboza-Lopez will stream live at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+. The entire undercard, including appearances by female fighting sensation Mikaela Mayer, 130-pound contender Jamel Herring, Gabriel Flores Jr., and big-punching bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zapari Boxing Promotions, tickets to the Ramirez-Hart 2 world championship event are on sale now. Priced at $100, $65, $45, and $30, tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, at the American Bank Center Box Office, Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
• Gilberto Ramirez 167.25 lbs vs. Jesse Hart 167.5 lbs
(Ramirez's WBO Super Middleweight world title - 12 Rounds)
• Arnold Barboza Jr. 139.25 lbs vs. Manuel Lopez 139.5 lbs
(Vacant NABF Super Lightweight title - 10 Rounds)
ESPN+ (6:30 p.m. ET)
• Gabriel Flores Jr. 132.5 lbs vs. Edward Kakembo 131 lbs
(Lightweight - 6 Rounds)
•Joshua Greer Jr. 117.75 lbs vs. Daniel Lozano 117.75 lbs
(Vacant WBC Continental Americas title - 10 Rounds)
Mikaela Mayer 129.5 lbs vs. Calixta Silgado 127.75 lbs
(Mayer's NABF Super Featherweight title - 8 Rounds)
Jamel Herring 132 lbs vs. Adeilson Dos Santos 132 lbs
(Super Featherweight - 8 Rounds)
Ruben Vega 117.5 lbs vs. Oscar Mojica 117 lbs
(Bantamweight - 6 Rounds)
Jesus Arechiga 122.25 lbs vs. David Martino 121.5 lbs
(Super Bantamweight - 6/4 Rounds)
Roberto Duran Jr. 145.75 lbs vs. Leonardo Pena 144.25 lbs
(Welterweight - 4 Rounds)