From Mike Smith: WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (39-0, 25 KOs) will Probably Be making light heavyweight debut next month on April 1-2 against former 175 lb world title challenger Tommy Karpency (29-6-1, 18 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight on the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Ramirez vs. Karpency fight will likely be streamed on ESPN+.
Before he potentially creates up a move to the weight class, That is supposed to be a trying out fight for your own 27-year-old Ramirez to see how well he performs 175. It was believed that Ramirez moving up to light heavyweight on a permanent basis, and would be vacating his World Boxing Organization 168 lb title.
In preparation for a brand new winner at 168, the WBO was set to possess Ramirez’s middleweight name be online for its April 1 3 fight between former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and also Shefat Isufi. After hearing the news of Saunders and Isufi Ramirez made it very clear that he wasn’t. He was moving up to have a fight.
If Ramirez looks good from the southpaw Karpency, it’s potential he can decide to remain in 175. Top Rank boss Bob Arum could setup battles between Ramirez and IBF light heavyweight winner Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs) and/or WBC 175 lb champion Oleksander Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs). Both of these fighters come with Top Rank Boxing, plus so they ’re fights for Ramirez, who still hasn’t even faced any names during his 10-year expert career. Ramirez has defended it in beating Habib Ahmed Max Bursak, Jessie Hart twice and Roamer Alexis Angulo since winning the WBO super middleweight title in 20-16 against Arthur Abraham.
Callum Smith, Rob Brant, George Groves, Chris Eubank Jr.. Along with Juergen Braehmer. Ramirez might have increased his popularity by taking part.
Chad Dawson with way of a 10 round split decision in October 2014. Dawson had a wounded arm throughout the fight, however, it was still a good win for Karpancy. This wasn’t even a Dawson that Karpency defeated, however. It’s obvious had Karpency fought Dawson from the zenith of his career back in 2007 and 2006, he’d have seriously lost . Dawson wasn’t even anywhere close to being his best at that time that he was fought by Karpency five years ago. Adonis Stevenson had an easy time beating Karpency by a third round knockout in 2015. Karpency was from the southpaw Stevenson out of his class.
The April 12 Lomachenko vs. Crolla card potential fights about
— Vijender Singh vs. TBA
— Christopher Zavala vs. Sergio Antonio Gonzalez
— Elvis Rodriguez vs. Kevin Alfonso Luna