Undefeated former WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs) of Mexico will fight light heavyweight title challenger Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs) on July 9. Barrera, presented by Golden Boy Promotions, will air exclusively on DAZN, live from Bank of California Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Football Club, located in downtown Los Angeles. The winner will earn a light heavyweight world title shot against any of the reigning champions: WBC & IBF Artur Beterbiev (16-0 (16 KOs), WBA Super Dmitry Bivol (18-0, 11 KOs) or WBO Joe Smith (27-3, 21 KOs) – Barrera stands in Ramirez’s way in the 12-round main event. Ramirez is ranked No. 3 by the WBA and WBO, as well as No. 5 by the IBF.
Let’s review the current status of each boxer before the fight scheduled for July 9:
Gilberto Ramirez: who recently turned 30, was the first Mexican fighter to capture a super middleweight world title, which he relinquished in 2019 to move up to the light heavyweight division, where he has a 2-0 record (2 KOs). he defeated Tommy Karpency (29-6-1) and Alphonso Lopez (32-3) last December to capture the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) crown. It took Gilberto a few months to separate himself from Top Rank, the company with which he became the first Mexican 168-pound champion in history. But once he achieved it, the pandemic made it difficult to see him more in the ring and so he only made one fight, which happened last December, knocking out Alfonso Lopez in 10 episodes.
Sulivan Barrera: Barrera, a decorated Cuban amateur boxer (285-27 record), defeated future professional world champions such as Chad Dawson, Beibut Shumenov, and Mariano Natalio Carrera before defecting from Cuba to Miami and turning pro. Barrera, fighting out of Cuba by way of Miami, has a 3-3 record against past or present world champions with wins against Jeff Lacy (WTKO4), Karo Murat (WKO12), and Felix Valera (WDEC10), losing to Bivo l (TKO12), Smith (Dec. 10) and Hall of Famer Andre Ward (Dec. 12). Barrera has not fought since June 2019, when he lost by unanimous decision to American contender Jesse Hart, before that, in November 2018, he had accounted for Sean Monaghan. In his most resounding victories, in 2017 he defeated Joe Smith, today’s World Boxing Organization semi-complete weight champion.