Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Ramirez-Alvarez WBO Title Eliminator: Top Rank Lone Bidder

Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez’s pursuit of a title in a second weight division will either come with present company and at a discount, or by different means other than his current course of action.

The standoff between the unbeaten former super middleweight titlist and his estranged promoter took an interesting turn, as Top Rank Inc. has secured the rights to his ordered light heavyweight title eliminator versus Eleider Alvarez. The longtime promotional outfit was the lone bidder for the World Boxing Organization (WBO)-ordered eliminator, submitting an accepted offer of $350,000 during a purse bid hearing held Thursday morning at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Per the terms of the purse bid hearing, Mexico’s Ramirez (40-0, 26KOs) and Canada’s Alvarez (25-1, 13KOs) are entitled to a 50/50 split or $175,000 each should the fight take place in present form. Top Rank’s bid included a suggested date of May 30 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, presumably as part of a planned show topped by the lightweight title unification clash between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez.

gilberto-ramirez_9

That’s if Ramirez goes through with the fight, which has remained a question mark from the time it was first ordered in mid-January. He now has 48 hours to agree to terms, with Top Rank required to return signed contracts to the WBO within ten (10) business days in order to avoid a purse bid default. 

The bout was part of a four-man tournament established by the WBO, with Umar Salamov (25-1, 19KOS) and Maksim Vlasov (45-3, 26KOs) on the other side of the bracket. The winners will meet later this year to crown a WBO light heavyweight champ, filling the vacancy left behind by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez upon vacating the title less than two months after knocking out Sergey Kovalev last November.

Eleider Alvarez—no relation to Canelo—has been on board from the moment the fight was ordered, which came shortly after his knockout win over Michael Seals. The win was the first piece of ring action for the former light heavyweight titlist from Canada by way of Colombia since losing his title to Kovalev in their rematch last February in Frisco, Texas.

While the involvement of Alvarez has never been of any concern, Ramirez’s participation is another matter altogether. The unbeaten southpaw from Mazatlan, Mexico has not fought since last April, a 4th round stoppage of Tommy Karpency in his lone fight since moving up from super middleweight. A lengthy dispute with Top Rank has contributed to his having been out of the ring for 10 months (and counting), having spent recent weeks shopping his services in the event he can claim free agent status.

Such talks didn’t go very far, with his ordered fight versus Alvarez serving as his only current option on paper. As per WBO rules, should Ramirez—or any WBO-ranked boxer—decline to participate in a sanctioned event, he will be removed from the rankings.

Ramirez previously served as WBO super middleweight titlist, a run which began with an April 2016 win over Germany’s Arthur Abraham. Five successful defenses followed, the last of which was a repeat win over Jesse Hart in their December 2018 rematch. The 28-year old has not for a major title with any other sanctioning body, although that position could change should he choose to go in a different direction—and for a much bigger payday.

In the event any of the four light heavyweights declines to move forward with the tournament, the next highest rated contender—currently Long Island’s Joe Smith Jr.—will be invited as a replacement.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Kiowhatta on 02-21-2020

This division is white hot atm, and there are a lot of superb fighters in this division. I think this purse is a little low, and am surprised by it.

Comment by kidaguilar on 02-21-2020

[QUOTE=old papa;20402701]Vargas, Valdez, LSC, Mungia, Belchett, Zurdo. Do I need to explain any further wall jumper?[/QUOTE] im actually not a border jumper you white supremacist and my family has lived in California when it still belonged to Mexico. We have…

Comment by Bob Haymon on 02-21-2020

[QUOTE=ShaneMosleySr;20402328]The fight isn’t going to happen. Zurdo isn’t going to fight Alvarez for $175,000 and that bid tells me Top Rank and his relationship is the over.[/QUOTE] They're obviously going to offer him more money than that. There's no reason…

Comment by microMXL on 02-21-2020

[QUOTE=old papa;20402691]Vargas, Valdez, LSC, Mungia, Belchett, Zurdo. Do I need to explain any further wall jumper?[/QUOTE] wow, "wall jumper" really dude??? :nono:

Comment by turnedup on 02-20-2020

[QUOTE=EL GANCHO;20402695]Hope it is,zurdo keeps getting in the way to make good fights happing cause of his diva attitude[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=budfr;20402798]All those you mention are great fighters, not like the boring ones you like, phaggett.....as for you calling a Hispanic wall…

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (38)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Daily Bread Mailbag: Charlo Twins, Ennis, Lubin, Pacquiao, More BoxingScene.com's Television Pick of The Week - September 26 Briedis: Happy To Resolve Unfinished Business With Glowacki After WBSS Josh Taylor: I'm Even Hungrier Now Than When I Was Up and Coming Charlie Edwards Aims For World Title Shot in Next Twelve Months Sauerland Aiming For Forward Momentum Into WBSS Season Three Pacquiao Confidant on McGregor's Speculation: This is Conor Cracking The Proper Twelve Whiskey! Serhii Bohachuk Breakd Down, Stops Alejandro Davila in Six Jeison Rosario-Jermell Charlo: Stats & Stakes Mario Cazares Shocks Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. By Technical Decision Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Mario Cazares - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Charlo Pay-Per-View Doubleheader: Preview and Analysis Jose Pedraza Aims To Close The Year With a Fight in December News: Alejandro Guerrero, Victor Pasillas, Dina Thorslund, More Conor McGregor: Boxing Match With Manny Pacquiao Next In Middle East Tony Yoka Blasts Out Johann Duhaupas In One Round David Lemieux vs. Francy Ntetu on October 10 in Shawinigan Casimero-Micah, Figueroa-Vazquez, Roman-Payano - Weights Yoka-Duhaupas LIVE Results: Estelle Yoka-Mossely Decisions Auriele Froment Jermall Charlo, Derevyanchenko - Set For WBC Showdown Jermell Charlo, Jeison Rosario - Ready For Unification War Mairis Briedis, Yuniel Dorticos - Set For WBSS Showdown Estrada-Cuadras, Chocolatito-Gonzalez, Martinez-Flores Tripleheader Finalized Josh Taylor, Apinun Khongsong - Ready For Title Scrap Jermell Charlo-Jeison Rosario Weigh-In Results From Mohegan Sun Magsayo vs. Hermosillo Tops PBC on FS1 - October 3 Jermall Charlo-Sergiy Derevyanchenko Weigh-In Results From Mohegan Sun LIVE STREAM: Charlo Pay-Per-View Doubleheader Weigh-In Khongsong: Josh Taylor Is The Best At 140, I Will Beat Him To Become The Best Dorticos-Briedis WBSS Weigh-In Report From Munich Taylor-Khongsong ESPN+ Weigh-In Report From London Jermell Charlo's Trainer: Rosario's Upset Was More About Julian Williams Than Him Russian Standouts Kovalchuk, Sharifov Sign With Queensberry Poland DiBella: Derevyanchenko Deserves Fair Shake; I Want The Right Guy To F--king Win! Ben Davison on Expanding Profile After Split With Tyson Fury Memo Heredia Very Impressed With Casimero's Camp For Micah Brandon Moore Looks To Stay Busy, Move Fast in Pro Ranks Joshua Would Vacate a Belt in Order To Land Fury, Says Hearn Josh Taylor Warns: I'm Going To Make It Painful For Khongsong How Much Did Derevyanchenko's Brutal Battle Against Golovkin Take Out Of Him?
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement