Gilberto Ramirez returns to action after his long unbeaten record was snapped last year, and he comes back against the teak-tough Gabriel Rosado at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach over twelve rounds at light heavyweight.
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After a long run as WBO super middleweight, where he defended against several limited opponents, Ramirez (44-1, 30 KOs) stepped up to 175 pounds, and again, the opposition was tepid at best, as he banked five straight stoppage wins at the new weight.
The 31-year-old was awarded a shot at the WBA ‘super’ title in November last year, with the excellent Dimitry Bivol standing in his way.
The Russian proved too good on the night in Abu Dubai though, taking a clear points win where he was always one step ahead.
The Mexican now returns against the grizzled veteran Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs), who steps up to 175lbs for the first time in his long career.
The Californian has faced a who’s who of opposition in his 17-year professional career, and has usually come up short but in spirited efforts.
The 37-year-old has only won once though in his last five fights, but hasn’t been stopped since 2014 when he was halted in ten by David Lemieux.
Rosado was last seen last September, losing all ten rounds to Ali Akhmedov in Las Vegas.
Prediction: These two are former sparring partners, and it will be interesting to see how the weight affects Rosado. I think he can weather an early storm to make the final bell, where he will likely have been routed on the cards.
Diaz faces Gesta
Former world champion, Jo Jo Diaz makes his first appearance of the year, and he looks to reverse a two-fight losing streak in a twelve rounder at lightweight against former world title challenger, Mercito Gesta.
Diaz (32-3-1, 15 KOs) lost on the cards at the end of 2021 against Devin Haney for the WBC title, and was then widely outscored by William Zepeda over twelve last October.
Gesta (33-3-3, 17 KOs) is coming off a ten round decision nod against Joel Diaz Jr last April, and has previously challenged for world honours, failing on the cards against Miguel Vazquez and Jorge Linares.
Prediction: Diaz can take this one on points.
The sole ten rounder is also at lightweight, where Oscar Duarte Jurado (24-1-1, 19 KOs) can be the first man to stop the fading Alex Martin (18-4, 6 KOs).
In the only eight round contest on the bill, Eric Tudor (7-0, 6 KOs) can come out on top inside schedule in the battle of the bangers against Damoni Cato-Cain (7-0-1, 6 KOs) at super welterweight.
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In four round action, Jorge Chavez (4-0, 3 KOs) can halt Nicaragua’s Bryan Perez (12-16-1, 11 KOs) at featherweight, and at super featherweight, Patricio Manuel (1-0) can outscore Hien Huynh (1-1).
Elsewhere at super featherweight, Dalis Kaleiopu (3-0, 3 KOs) should score a stoppage win over Jonathan Perez (40-34, 32 KOs) in their four round contest.