Via Allan Fox: Oscar De La Hoya is excited about his fighter Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez getting his chance to fight for the 175th world title against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol on Saturday night.
Ramirez’s underdog team (44-0, 30 KOs) challenges Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) for the title on Saturday, November 5 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
De La Hoya felt that Ramirez had waited a long time for his 175th belt shot, but in reality it had only been three years and the reason it took so long was because of the opposition. subordinates he has fought with since he moved in. up.
If De La Hoya wanted Ramirez to quickly win the title against Bivol, he shouldn’t have been up against the likes of Tommy Karpency, 39-year-old Sullivan Barrera, Yunieski Gonzalez, Alfonso Lopez and Dominic Boesel.
Ramirez has a size advantage over Bivol and he’s a classic pressure fighter. Given Ramirez’s massive cruiser-level size, it will be difficult for Bivol to control the fight like he did with the smaller Canelo Alvarez last May.
However, Ramirez’s lack of arm and leg speed will make him vulnerable to the faster Bivol, who will likely tattoo him with his quick synergies and powerful stabs before he can. have reaction time.
De La Hoya has spoken many times about Ramirez launching “bundle punches” and outperforming Bivol with volume punches. That doesn’t seem possible unless the Russian boxer stands completely still long enough for him to execute his shots.
Obviously, Bivol’s coach will study Ramirez’s style, note how big he is and he will make sure Dmitry doesn’t stand still for any length of time on Saturday night.
“A big opportunity for Zurdo Ramirez. He fought in the knockouts, knocking them both down,” Oscar De La Hoya told. Boxing DAZN about Saturday’s match in Abu Dhabi between Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez.
“He was fighting at 175 for a while. He’s a big puncher. He is a strong warrior. He’s a pressure fighter. He is a man. It was the perfect opportunity against a great, great boxer in Bivol.
“I love his style. His movements are amazing. Really, his footwork is unbelievable. It really reminds me of a young Oscar De La Hoya with that footwork. Look, style makes battles.
“I believe that Zurdo is not just hungry, not just determined, not just waiting for this opportunity, but he has the skill, he has the height, he has the punch, he has the speed, he has the speed. there is punch output, that is going to be very important.
“Absolutely, you have to seize the moment. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you fight in. When you’re inside that ring, there’s only two warriors, two warriors and who wants that more, but more importantly, who is prepared with a perfect game plan.
“I believe this fight will revolve around who is determined, but who will be disciplined during the fight if it lasts 12 rounds. I believe there was so much power inside that ring on Saturday night that I believe this fight could end in a knockout.
“I believe he was excellent against Canelo. That Canelo is one-sided, a Canelo that only throws one punch at a time, a Canelo not a big light heavyweight. He is a boxer trying to knock him down with one punch. Right hand, left hook, and very predictable.
“I feel that Bivol has all the confidence that the whole world is involved in this fight, but we have to get one thing straight here. He doesn’t fight Canelo.
“Weight classes have been loaded. One hundred and seventy-five pounds is very interesting for Bivol, for Ramirez. I feel that the winner of this fight could be the guy at the age of 175. I think the winner of this Saturday night fight will be the king of light weight.
“So I’m really looking forward to it. Not just because Zurdo Ramirez is with the Golden Boy. He is a hard worker and a great guy. He’s disciplined, he’s determined, but so is Bivol. I love his style; I love what he stands for. I love his demeanor. This fight is going to be a great fight for boxing,” said De La Hoya.