WBA Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol made comments regarding his upcoming title defense against Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez on next Saturday, 5th November and assured that it is nothing special.
Zurdo, he likes to talk a lot: Dmitry Bivol
During his career as a professional boxer, Dmitry Bivol has faced two Mexican boxers. The first was Felipe Romero, whom he faced in August 2015 in just his fourth professional fight. On that occasion, the Russian managed to win by knockout in the eighth and final round at the bout held in Costa Mesa, California.
The second was none other than Canelo Álvarez, whom he defeated via a dominating unanimous decision, defending his WBA title. Now, Zurdo Ramírez will be the third Mexican rival in his career.
“I don’t care what he wants, he’s just another Mexican”, said Bivol during the Matchroom Boxing special for the Ramirez fight, “Of course he is a good fighter, he is not an easy fighter.”
“Zurdo, he likes to talk a lot,” Bivol commented on Gilberto saying that he wants to avenge Canelo’s defeat to become a two-division world champion, having held the WBO belt at 168 previously.
In the days following the Canelo fight, Bivol was positive to make the second fight against the undisputed super middleweight champion. But since the latter changed paths and went for a trilogy against Gennady Golovkin, Bivol was also in talks with Joshua Buatsi, but the WBA determined that he needs to defend the belt against Zurdo, who earned that position after two eliminatory fights.
“Of course, I was avoiding every boxer,” Bivol jokingly responded to Ramírez claiming that he did not want to fight him. “He talked about it many times, but he knows it’s not true. He knows it’s not true. Everybody knows it, on my team and his team, but he said it.”