By Keith Idec
Gilberto Ramirez admits he doesn’t know a whole lot about Habib Ahmed.
From the couple tapes Ramirez has watched, Ramirez determined Ahmed has some skill and can box well if you let him. Ghana’s Ahmed (25-0-1, 17 KOs), the WBO’s No. 4 contender at 168 pounds, will challenge Ramirez for the Mexican southpaw’s WBO super middleweight title Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Texas.
ESPN will televise Ramirez-Ahmed as the main event of a doubleheader from Bank of America Center (10:15 p.m. ET; 7:15 p.m. PT).
“I don’t know too much about him,” Ramirez told BoxingScene.com. “I just know he’s really dangerous because he’s coming to take my belt. But I’ve prepared very well in my training camp, so whatever he brings to the ring I’m gonna give the fans a very good show. I’m very confident about my preparation.”
Habib hasn’t fought outside of Ghana since he turned pro in August 2011. He most recently defeated Flash Issaka (23-15, 18 KOs), a 41-year-old journeyman, by fourth-round knockout September 2 in Accra.
Habib’s past four opponents had a combined record of 74-49-3 entering their fights against him.
The 26-year-old Ramirez (36-0, 24 KOs) will make his third defense of the WBO super middleweight championship he won by out-pointing Armenia’s Arthur Abraham in April 2016 in Las Vegas. In his last fight, Ramirez fended off Philadelphia’s Jesse Hart (22-1, 18 KOs) in what developed into a very competitive scrap once Hart got up from a second-round knockdown September 22 in Tucson, Arizona.
“In that fight, I learned a lot,” Ramirez said. “That was a good fight for me. I saw the video. Me and my team, we’ve been working on the mistakes that I did in that fight. I need to be more aggressive and look at the angles.”
Before Ramirez meets Ahmed in the main event Saturday night, Filipino southpaw Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs) will defend his IBF super flyweight title against Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez (21-1, 8 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round opener of ESPN’s telecast.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.