Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will look to bounce back from his first career loss when he faces Gabriel Rosado in a DAZN main event on Saturday, March 18.
The fight will be a 12-rounder at light heavyweight, a division where Rosado, 37, has never fought in his 17-year professional career.
Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KO) has lost three straight fights to Jaime Munguia, Shane Mosley Jr, and Ali Akhmedov following a one-shot knockout upset win over Bektemir Melikuziev in 2021. He’s naturally a 154 lb fighter who did challenge for world titles at 160 and has fought at a solid level at 168.
When is Gilberto Ramirez vs Gabriel Rosado?
When: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Where: Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California
Why: Light-Heavyweight Fight
On Saturday, March 18, 2023, Gilberto Ramirez (44-1, 30 knockouts) will face Gabriel Rosado (26-16-1, 15 knockouts) in a 12-round light-heavyweight bout. Specifically, Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California is the venue. DAZN will provide television coverage.
“I’m glad to be back. I had a lot of time to reflect since my last fight and am looking forward to putting on a show against a very-game veteran like Gabe Rosado,” said Ramirez. “Just like everyone else, I have goals, dreams and aspirations to be on top and I feel more motivated today than ever. We may get knocked off our path, but my quest for greatness will never stop. I appreciate all the love from my fans and supporters and I promise to be back with vengeance.”
“I’m excited to start the year off with a bang! I have a great deal of respect for Zurdo Ramírez. We’re friends, but come March 18, it’s all business,” said Rosado. “This is the kind of fight Gabriel Rosado shows up for! I will not let myself or the fans down.”
Fans were disappointed in Ramirez’s performance against Bivol as the devastating puncher looked quite timid and lethargic as he didn’t let his hands go nearly enough. He was too cautious and was easily outboxed. He likely won’t take that approach this weekend against Rosado due to Rosado’s lack of power and the fact his opponent is moving up to light heavyweight. Ramirez needs to stick to his strengths which are aggression, size and power and simply go for it. He’s got a great chin and should be able to hand Rosado his fourth straight defeat and sixth in his last eight fights.
Ramirez’s power and natural aggression should be the difference.
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