Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, a previous world champ, is set to make his cruiserweight department launching against Joe “Common Man” Smith Jr., a previous light heavyweight world champ. The fight will happen on October 7 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and will be relayed worldwide on DAZN.
Ramirez, a previous WBO Super Middleweight World Champion, intends to show himself as a two-division titleholder. With nearly 15 years of expert experience, he has actually beat noteworthy challengers such as Maxim Vlasov, Jessie Hart, and Arthur Abraham. Ramirez’s just loss originated from a worthy efficiency against Dmitrii Bivol in November 2022. Now, he is all set to complete against difficult competitors in the cruiserweight department.
“I am all set to control the cruiserweight department and reveal that I are worthy of another champion belt,” stated Ramirez. He revealed appreciation to his fans, Golden Boy, DAZN, the WBA, and his group for their assistance throughout this transitional duration. Ramirez acknowledged his challenger’s cravings, specifying that both of them had actually desired this fight in the light heavyweight department a couple of years earlier. He concluded by pointing out that he anticipates seeing everybody in Las Vegas.
Joe Smith Jr., understood for showing his skeptics incorrect, ended up being the WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion with a remarkable efficiency against Maxim Vlasov in April 2021. Although he lost a unification fight against Artur Beterbiev in June 2022, Smith has an amazing boxing resume with wins over Bernard Hopkins, Eleider Alvarez, Jessie Hart, and Andrzej Fonfara. Moving as much as the cruiserweight department for the very first time, Smith is identified to make a strong return.
Smith shared his enjoyment about going back to the ring in a substantial bout against Ramirez on October 7. He pointed out the obstacles he faced this year, consisting of the awful loss of his bro, Alex. Smith revealed his unhappiness and mentioned that his bro would be with him in the ring. He hopes that his efficiency can bring joy and motivation to his household.
Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, revealed self-confidence in Ramirez’s return and anticipates a remarkable efficiency as he endeavors into the cruiserweight department. Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, likewise revealed interest for Smith’s return and highlighted the fight’s significance as 2 previous world champs take on. Joseph Markowski, CEO North America, DAZN Group, highlighted the strength of the fight and motivated audiences not to miss out on the broadcast.
Further information concerning occasion tickets and the undercard will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.