Mexican star Gilberto Ramirez moves up to cruiserweight when he takes on Joe Smith on October 7th in an eagerly-anticipated bout in Las Vegas.
Former WBO super middleweight champion Ramirez is attempting to bounce back from his first professional defeat in his most recent appearance - a light heavyweight loss to Dmitry Bivol in November of last year.
Smith, meanwhile, was last seen in the ring when going down to Artur Beterbiev in June 2022, when he surrendered his WBO light heavyweight title and failed to pick up the WBC and IBF light heavyweight equivalents.
|Gilberto Ramirez v Joe Smith
|The Chelsea Ballroom in The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada
|Saturday, October 7, 2023
|How to watch
Ramirez and Smith go head-to-head on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
The undercard should start sometime around 5 PM ET, while Ramirez and Smith are expected to make their way to the ring around 9 PM ET.
The fight will take place at The Chelsea Ballroom in The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The more intimate fight venue, set amid the larger Cosmopolitan casino resort and hotel, is well used to holding top boxing cards and is reportedly ready to accommodate around 2,500 fans for the Ramirez versus Smith showdown.
The space is also no stranger to hosting some of the world's top music stars with Bruno Mars and Adele amongst those to have played there.
Yes. The whole card on the night is set to be streamed live by streaming giant DAZN, which is available, through subscription, in over 200 countries.
Ramirez is likely to be the favorite on the night against his American opponent due to having slightly more experience at the top level and an overall better professional record.
No - both men are attempting to respond to disappointing defeats last time out.
Whoever prevails is, though, likely to be right back in the mix for future belts as both men are experienced previous WBO champions.
Ramirez has a hugely-impressive 44 wins from 45 professional bouts, with his only defeat coming last time out against Bivol.
Of his 44 victories, 30 have come by knockout and the 32-year-old has some eye-catching successes marked down on his CV over the years.
Ramirez memorably beat Arthur Abraham in 2016 to win the WBO super middleweight title - a strap he went on to defend against the likes of Jesse Hart (twice) and Max Bursak - while some of his earlier big wins came against Jesus Ayala, Rogelio Medina, Giovanni Lorenzo and Maxim Vlasov as he rose up the rankings.
In a glittering pro career spanning 14 years, 'Zurdo' was also the first boxer from Mexico to win a major world title at super middleweight and, last year, was ranked as the world's third best active light heavyweight by The Ring magazine, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and BoxRec.
US fighter Smith has 28 wins from 32 pro fights, with his four defeats coming against Eddie Caminero back in 2010, Sullivan Barrera in 2017, Bivol two years later and, most recently, Beterbiev.
The 33-year-old has won by KO in 22 of his fights to date and can lay claim to some fine victories in the past against some top flighters like Andrzej Fonfara and Bernard Hopkins.
Similarly to Ramirez, Smith has been on the scene since summer 2009.
There is a co-headline fight on the night when John Ramirez takes on Ronal Batista in a 10-round WBA Super Flyweight Final Eliminator, while, so far, three other fights have been confirmed for the undercard, with up to four more set to be added over the next few weeks.
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