Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez Set to Return to the Ring Against Gabriel Rosado
Former world super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez is set to make his return to the ring after suffering his first professional loss. The 31-year-old fighter will face two-time world title challenger Gabriel “King” Rosado in the 12-round main event on a card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zurdo Promotions. The event will be streamed live on DAZN from The Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Ramirez (44-1, 30 KOs), fighting out of Mazatlan, Mexico, lost his undefeated record in November 2020, in a fight against World Boxing Association (WBA) light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. Bivol successfully defended his crown by way of a dominant 12-round unanimous decision.
“It just wasn’t my night and meant for my opponent,” Ramirez explained about his fight with Bivol. “Looking back, I could have been a little more active, but it is what it is. I definitely would like a rematch in the future.”
But before he can think about a rematch, Ramirez needs to get back on the winning track against Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs), a Philadelphia-born fighter of Puerto Rican heritage. Rosado, who holds wins over former world champions Joshua Clottey and Kassim Ouma, will be moving up to the light heavyweight division for the first time against Ramirez.
“He (Rosado) is a tough opponent who is always ready to fight,” Ramirez said. “He has been in the ring with the best and can be dangerous at any time of the fight. And to have it be a Mexico versus Puerto Rico match-up is just a cherry on top to make this an exciting fight for fans.”
The loss to Bivol has left “Zurdo” even more motivated. “It’s a different feeling,” Ramirez noted, “but preparation does not change. I’m more motivated than ever to get back on track and show why I’m still one of the best in the game.”
Fight fans are eagerly anticipating the Mexico versus Puerto Rico showdown on Saturday, and with both fighters having plenty to prove, it promises to be an action-packed encounter.