Via Adam Baskin: WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol weighed 174.7 lbs, while Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez required 174.6 lbs on Friday for their bout on Saturday, November 5, at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
During the confrontation, Bivol and Ramirez stared at each other for a long time, seemingly both wanting the fight to begin immediately.
Ramirez looked thin as if he had lost all the weight he had gained after his last fight.
It’s unclear how much weight Ramirez (44-0.30 KOs) will gain overnight as he rehydrates for the Bivol competition (20-0.11 KOs). In Ramirez’s final fight against Dominic Boesel, he weighed in at 174 and rehydrated him down to 203 lbs, which is the 29 lbs he gained overnight.
The most important thing for Bivol is the rematch with Canelo Alvarez or the undisputed clash with IBF/WBC/WBO light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn said: “I look at the confidence of the opponent and the team. DAZN Boxing on Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez confidence ahead of Saturday’s title fight against Dmitry Bivol in Abu Dhabi.
“Zurdo is a seasoned fighter. He is 44-0 and a former world champion with 168 pounds. He has boxed in stadiums and around the world. I look at the confidence of Oscar De La Hoya and Eric Gomez [of Golden Boy Promotions]. They like it.
“They come in as a slight underdog, but they are about to turn the tide of the Canelo Alvarez rematch, the undisputed fight with Beterbiev, and put themselves in the frame for those types of fights.
“I just feel this is a war that both sides feel they will win. Two elite 175-pound players and I have a feeling we’re going to have a really tough fight,” Hearn said.
“This is Ramirez’s Bivol moment against Canelo. This is the moment where we can find out if he really is an elite level fighter. That’s why I feel with what’s on the wire, it’s going to create,” said Darren Barker.
“Also, with the confidence that Bivol has gained from Canelo Alvarez, can he reach another level?” Hearn said. “He was always cool, even when he was in Las Vegas in Cinco de Mayo; he never looked confused or panicked. He believes in his abilities.
“Sometimes, after you make a performance like that, there might be another level, or maybe it’s your moment and you just can’t make that level again,” Hearn said.