Gilberto Ramirez continued his journey towards a light heavyweight title opportunity and calls out the Canelo Alvarez conqueror.
On Saturday, the hunt for a light heavyweight title shot continued for Gilberto Ramirez as he took on fellow top contender Dominic Boesel on DAZN (excluding Mexico). The winner would become the mandatory challenger for WBA (super) titlist Dmitry Bivol.
Ramirez continued his torrid run at 175 pounds as he pounced Boesel from the outset to score a knockout at the 1:33 mark of the fourth round from the Toyota Arena in Ontario, Calif. DAZN scored the fight 30-27 for Ramirez at the time of the stoppage.
Ramirez def. Boesel via knockout at 1:33 of the fourth round.
The referee told Boesel's corner that he needed to show something or he will stop the fight. Two sneaky right hands for Boesel. A short uppercut landed for the native of Germany.
Ramirez got Boesel back in the corner and unloaded another combination. A straight left catches Boesel, and it wobbled him. Then, a left uppercut and a right to the liver sent Boesel on his way, and one more left uppercut sent him to a knee, and it's waved off.
An outstanding performance from Ramirez, who goes to 5-0 at light heavyweight with five knockouts.
A good shot by Boesel as he backs Ramirez up. Needs much more of those. A body shot makes Boesel nearly go down. Another body shot from Ramirez. Boesel is trying everything to get out of the corner as he's becoming target practice.
Ramirez unloads a flurry of power shots with 30 seconds remaining. Somehow, someway, Boesel is hanging in there.
A left-right lands for Ramirez. Boesel with a left hand, which is the first significant punch thus far. A body shot, and a right uppercut snaps Boesel's head back. Boesel has to find a way to get back into this as he's getting mauled at this point. That is a beautiful uppercut by Ramirez. Another stinging uppercut from Ramirez. A left hook by Ramirez. Boesel keeps looking at the referee for some reason instead of trying to deflect the punishment Ramirez is dishing out. This isn't going to last too much longer. (10-9 Ramirez, 20-18 Ramirez)
You can see Ramirez is the bigger fighter in the ring, despite the 175-pound weight limit. Ramirez is coming right out firing with a left jab and working the body of Boesel. Double left uppercut lands for Ramirez. Three-punch combination for Ramirez, whose already cooking. Stinging left uppercut followed by a right uppercut for Ramirez. Boesel is becoming target practice for Ramirez as he unloads a four-punch combination to end the round. All Ramirez through one. (10-9 Ramirez)
It's time for the main event as Zurdo Ramirez (43-0, 29 KOs) takes on Dominic Boesel (32-2, 12 KOs) in light heavyweight action. The winner becomes the mandatory challenger for WBA (super) champion Dmitry Bivol.
Here we go.
William Zepeda remains undefeated, defeating Rene Alvarado in a war
Zepeda def. Alvarado (98-92, 97-93, 96-94) via unanimous decision.
Shocked at the 98-92 scorecard as Alvarado more than held his own. Zepeda and Alvarado had a rock-and-sock-em fight, with neither guy taking a back seat to the other. However, Zepeda pulled away in the ninth and tenth rounds, landing the crisper shots and more combinations to bring home the victory and remain undefeated in 26 fights (26-0, 23 KOs).
Zepeda made Alvarado pay for trading with him in the seventh as a right hook rocked Alvarado. Zepeda continued the onslaught upstairs and the body. Can Alvarado bounce back yet again? Or can Zepeda put him away?
Zepeda and Alvarado are having a throwback affair. They are standing in the proverbial phone booth, throwing in bunches, slipping away. A barnburner thus far as we have five rounds to go in what is anyone's fight after it appeared Zepeda was pulling away.
Alvarado came out aggressive in the opening round, but Zepeda's roared back in the second and third and imposed his will. But Alvarado's had his moments and is standing in the pocket and willing to slug it out.
It's time for the co-main event of Zurdo vs. Boesel as William Zepeda (25-0, 23 KOs) takes on Rene Alvarado (32-11, 21 KOs) in lightweight action. Zepeda is one of the most physical fighters in the division. Alvarado, a former super featherweight champion, makes his debut at 135 pounds.
Ramirez def. Salvatierra via knockout at 2:25 of the first round.
The end began when Ramirez unloaded a right and then missed a right hook. The third right didn't miss as a laser right sent Salvatierra through the ring. Somehow, Salvatierra got up and made it back into the ring but smartly, the referee waved it off.
Akitsugi def. Gonzalez via technical decision as Gonzalez couldn't come out for the fourth round due to an accidental headbutt.
Near the end of the third round, a clash of heads occurred, which caused a cut above the left eye. The cut was deep and in a bad spot, but Gonzalez was looking for a way out. However, he was getting dominated, and Akitsugi was on his way to a stoppage win.
Despite not being known as a power puncher, Akitsugi is showing some strength in the second as he's stopped Gonzalez in his tracks on a couple of occasions, including a buckling left at the end of the round. So let's see if he can close things out.
The Zurdo vs. Boesel main card begins with Katsumi Akitsugi (9-0, 1 KOs) meeting Jose Gonzalez (23-9-1, 13 KOs) in featherweight action. Gonzalez hasn't won a fight since 2017, so this should be an easy night at the office for Akitsugi.