Undefeated Mexican light heavyweigh tboxer and former WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez has reverted back at his compatriot Canelo Alvarez saying he doesn’t want to fight his countryman, claiming that a Mexican vs. Mexican fight is always up on the fans’ wishlist.
Canelo say he represents Mexico… but I think we have to fight anyone: Gilberto Ramirez
‘Zurdo’ Ramirez is coming off of a 4th round knockout win over Dominic Boesel on 14th May in Ontario and is all set to take on the reigning WBA champ at 175- Dmitry Bivol in Abu Dhabi on 5th November.
Canelo, the undisputed champion at 168 who was handed a massive upset by Bivol back in May, has been in conversations about a rematch with the Russian and in a recent interview, he said that the rematch depends on the conclusion of the Bivol-Ramirez showdown.
Canelo said that if Bivol defeats Ramirez, he will nod to the rematch but if the opposite happens, he won’t be locking horns against his fellow Mexican, something which Ramirez is putting a question mark on.
“It’s tough,” Ramirez spoke to The DAZN Boxing Show, “People want to see two Mexicans in the ring. I don’t care who’s a rival. For me I want to fight and chase the biggest fights, like this one, [against] Bivol. I don’t know what he (Alvarez) wants. He say he represents Mexico, but I think as a fighter we have to fight anyone.”
“No, I don’t understand,” Ramirez commented on Canelo’s statement, “I don’t get it. People want to see two Mexicans in the ring, right? Barrera-Morales, people want to see those type of fights. For me, I don’t care. I want to fight all the best, I want to fight anyone.”
Ramirez also believes it might be Canelo’s team members influencing him to not take a fight with another Mexican, as the 31-year-old southpaw asserted in a different interview with iFL TV.
“His team is his thought,” Ramirez added, “I don’t know what he’s thinking. People want to see the fight too.” [H/T Boxingscene.com]