‘Zurdo’ Ramirez hits back at Dmitry Bivol’s claim of turning down title fight

In December, just after Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (43-0, 29 KOs) stopped Yunieski Gonzalez to become the mandatory challenger to World Boxing Association (WBA) super light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (19 -0, 11 KOs) who suddenly and surprisingly turned dark, until he recently made an unsubstantiated claim that “Zurdo” had turned down an offer to fight him.

Bivol was quoted in a recent boxing report, which was also picked up by other outlets, saying, “I know for a fact that my team offered Team Ramirez to fight me on December 11 in Russia, and the scholarship offered was for the same as I was offered to fight him on a show (Golden Boy Promotions). He rejected the offer.

“I don’t know why he says they offered me a fight,” Ramirez shot back, “but he must be really confused. To be clear, there was never a contract sent to my team or to Golden Boy for a fight; contrary to how a contract was issued to him and his team of Golden Boy for the December fight I don’t understand why he continues to be a pawn and create false narratives and tries everything to hide from this fight.It’s only a matter of time before that belt comes in its place.

Ramirez, the first Mexican to win the world super middleweight title, is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion, who won his title from Bivol by winning his WBA Title Eliminator against Gonzalez.

“After Bivol, Joe Smith is my next target since he has my belt (WBO) which I had at 168 pounds,” Ramirez remarked. “I’m the best light heavyweight and it’s not even close. There’s a reason these champions are afraid to call my name, but soon they won’t have a choice. I would finish Smith in less than 6 rounds.

Bivol also said in the aforementioned story: “My motivation and ambitions haven’t changed for a long time – I want to fight the best. I want to prove that I am the best in my division.

Guess what, Dmitry, 43-0 “Zurdo” is the best!

Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez wants Dimitry Bivol next

Ramirez, 30, who debuted under the Golden Boy banner, made a strong statement to the three reigning light heavyweight world champions: Bivol, Artur Beterbiev (WBC/IBF) and Joe Smith, Jr. (WBO ).

“I knew I had to come out strong and make a statement,” Ramirez spoke of the Barrera fight. “Barrera is a tough and strong opponent who fought the best. I had seen all of that in training camp and wanted to showcase my skills. Golden Boy did a great job promoting the show and I wanted to m sure to do my best in the ring.

“I’ve always liked going to the body early. My team and I worked on several areas including improving my body shots which were evident during the fight. I’m at my best today! I’m comfortable at this weight and believe the combination of my new improved power and ring experience makes me a dangerous fighter.

Ahead of Ramirez’s fight against Barrera, Bivol (18-0 11 KOs) posted the following on social media: “@zurdoramirez I have never shied away from a challenge. Good luck to you in the fight against Barrera, and after that, let’s make it happen.

‘Zurdo’ has a better chance of fighting Bivol this year than the other two world champions who are tentatively set to face off in a unification bout. Ramirez and Bivol want this fight, as do their respective camps, as well as boxing fans everywhere. They also both fought on DAZN.

“Bivol is definitely one of my top targets,” Ramirez explained. “Both of our teams have explored the fight and they know where to find me. After questioning me on the Internet, I would be surprised if he retracted his remarks; it’s boxing, and you can never be too confident until the contracts are signed. He called me on social media, and his team knows I’m available. If it doesn’t happen, I’m sure he would have a good reason, but at the end of the day, I’m 100% for this fight and his team is fully aware of that.

Ramirez couldn’t have been happier with his Golden Boy debut.

“It was exactly what I imagined,” Ramirez concluded. “Oscar (de la Hoya) and his entire team were amazing and really put us at ease throughout the process. It was a great show, and I really enjoyed working together on our first of many shows.

Will Bivol accept the challenge and fight ‘Zurdo’? Stay tuned; the clock is turning.