The brilliant Dmitry Bivol returns to action to take on the unbeaten Gilberto Ramirez in what is likely to be a high-quality and competitive contest.
Bivol was fantastic when beating Canelo Alvarez earlier this year, and while the Mexican was making the step up to light-heavyweight, It certainly wasn’t just size that won the day for the Russian. There’s another Mexican for the Kyrgyzstan-born boxer to get past this time around in the shape of the unbeaten Ramirez.
The Golden Southpaw is undefeated in 44 professional contests and he is a former WBO super-middleweight champion. Bivol is 1/4 to successfully defend his WBA light-heavyweight crown, with the challenger rated an 11/4 chance.
|What||Dmitry Bivol v Gilberto Ramirez|
Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi
|When||22:00, Saturday 29th October 2022|
|How to watch||DAZN|
|Odds||Bivol 1/4, Ramirez|
The bout will take place on Saturday, 29th October 2022.
The fight is expected to get underway at 22:00 UK time. However, exact times will depend on the duration of previous undercard bouts.
The clash will take place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The 18,000 capacity stadium only opened last year, and as such, its history as a sporting venue is limited. There have been numerous UFC nights held at the arena and it also played host to the 2021 World Swimming Championships.
Two NBA pre-season contests were held at the Etihad Arena and it was also the setting for an exhibition boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Don Moore.
The fight will be shown live on subscription streaming service DAZN. The bout will be available in over 200 countries and can be viewed on a myriad of devices.
Bivol is 1/4 to successfully defend his WBA light-heavyweight title. It’s that Ramirez takes Kyrgyzstan-born boxer’s crown and that looks a fair reflection of what should be a pretty competitive contest.
Bivol’s WBA Super light-heavyweight belt is on the line and the 31-year-old is bidding to make a ninth successful defence. There’s potential for a huge undisputed clash with Artur Beterbiev should the Russian hold onto his title.
Ramirez is a former super-middleweight world champion, and indeed, the first Mexican to win a title in the 175lbs division. Zurdo made five successful defences of that belt, before vacating in 2019 and stepping up to light-heavy.
Bivol brings an unblemished 20-fight professional record to the ring and that is highlighted by a victory of Alvarez last time out. Of course, Canelo was stepping up in weight to take on the 31-year-old in that contest, and although that may have played a part in the outcome, it certainly can’t be considered the only reason for defeat.
The Kyrgyzstan-born boxer is an excellent performer at range and a sharp jab, straight punches and blistering hand speed have served him well. Aside from the win over Canelo, Bivol also had excellent victories over Sullivan Barrera, Joe Smith Jr and Jean Pascal. The 31-year-old is a top-level operator and eleven of his 20 professional victories have come by stoppage.
What is Gilberto Ramirez’s record? Ramirez is unbeaten in 44 bouts and the Mexican has to be taken very seriously. Zurdo is a former WBO super-middleweight champion and the 31-year-old made five successful defences of that belt.
The Sinaloa slugger has excellent wins against Maxim Vlasov, Arthur Abraham and a pair of victories over Jesse Hart. Ramirez moved up to light-heavyweight in 2019 and he has won five fights in the 175lbs division. The best of those came when stopping Yunieski Gonzalez at the AT&T Centre in San Antonio last year. Zurdo is a heavy-hitting fighter and 30 of his 44 career victories have come via knockout.
There’s an excellent clash between Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov and Zelfa Barrett for the vacant IBF world super-featherweight belt. Chantelle Cameron and Jessica McCaskill will clash for the undisputed super-lightweight crown in what should be another cracking contest on a fantastic night of boxing.