Via Stefan Radosavlević: Just a few months ago, Dmitry Bivol (21-0) was, for many, a fine champion but also a boxer who had yet to prove himself against a big-name opponent.
Many boxing fans are ready to bet money for Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez to continue his winning streak. Now, Bivol is considered one of the best in the business.
The match against Canelo improved his record and more importantly, brought him much-needed attention from casual boxing fans. On the other side, Gilberto Ramirez (44-0) is having one of the most impressive records in the game at the moment.
Even so, Zurdo remains a mystery. How far can he really go? Gilberto is a former WBO super middleweight champion, and Bivol has held his WBA lightweight belt since 2017. So on Saturday, November 5, we’re having a very exciting night of boxing.
In theory, Ramirez has what it takes: undefeated, former champion, perfect record, and he’s a greater man. The press conference showed us that he is very confident so everything is in order, right? Yes and no. Let’s start with his record.
The list of fighters he has fought doesn’t have a big enough name to show us who Gilberto really is. Arthur Abraham, Sullivan Barrera and Jesse Hart were the biggest names he’s faced, and Hart gave him a hell of a lot. Honestly, Bivol is on a whole different level from these guys, and he proved it against Canelo.
Zurdo’s biggest chance is his size. No matter how skillful the Russian boxer is, the 6’3, the long reach and hull of a large cruiser will be a problem for the 6-foot-tall Bivol. But, in my opinion, it’s not a problem he can’t solve.
Ramirez is not a big boxer, and more importantly, Bivol has much faster arms and legs. If Zurdo fails to hit his shot in the first two innings, it’s going to be a really tough night for him.
Bivol comes from the Russian school of fighting and the most impressive thing about him is his near-perfect fundamentals. He will counterattack and punish every mistake Gilberto makes, especially in the later rounds.
On the other hand, if the Mexican boxer is in good shape and takes advantage of the range and height, this could be a very interesting match. There’s one more thing that is definitely in Bivol’s favor; he can keep his cool when it’s important.
The winner of this bout will most likely have an undisputed chance of clashing with Artur Beterbiev, so there will be a lot of pressure on both fighters. The fight with Canelo proved that Dmitry is not afraid of big fights and big names.
Overall, Bivol has the tools to take away the Zurdo’s size advantage. I’m expecting a cautious but competitive game, especially in the first few innings. As the fight progresses, Bivol’s technique, roughness, and cool head will lead him to a decisive unanimous victory. But this is your right.
No one can be one hundred percent sure. No matter what happens on Saturday night, just witnessing two undefeated fighters in their pinnacle fight is enough for every true boxing fan to grab a seat, open a glass of water. chill and enjoy.