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Gilberto Ramirez is 29 years old. He is undefeated in 40 fights.
He's certainly talented and it wouldn't be a stretch to call him charismatic.
So why isn't he a mainstream star in today's boxing galaxy?
Then just under 25, the skinny Mexican southpaw left the MGM Grand on April 9, 2016, with the WBO super middleweight strap on his shoulder, thanks to an impressive 12-round shutout against the veteran champion of two divisions Arthur Abraham.
It was Abraham's 23rd title fight. It was Ramirez's first.
And because it came on the under-map of a Manny Pacquaio fight - in which the Filipino ended his trilogy with Tim Bradley - it seemed high time for a rise to 168 pounds.
This does not happen.
“It was a really happy time for me. A great moment in my life, ”he said. “I was thinking the same. After that fight, I was thinking, 'Now I'm champion. I want to be the best.'
“Five years later, I still want to be the best. I want to be the face of boxing and be a pound for pound fighter. I am on the right track to achieve my goals and what I want.
Although he successfully defended five times in the next 32 months after Abraham, Ramirez was never elevated to a surname and was on the outside when it came to landing big fights while constantly struggling to gain weight.
He gave up his title to go up to 175 for a four-round blowout from triple title challenger Tommy Karpency in April 2019, but found himself in a personal / promotional / pandemic quagmire soon after.
Fast forward to December 2020 and he still hasn't fought, but the landscape has changed.
A mutual deal led to a release from his contract with Top Rank, making him a free agent on the business side as he aims to get his own business off the ground - Zurdo Promotions.
Optimism, it seems, is the order of the day as he heads into a never-ending game with veteran Texan Alfonso Lopez on December 18. It's billed as the “Battle of Rio Grande,” will have Lopez's continental title belt on the line, and is available on pay-per-view for just $ 24.99.
A win could put him back on track for a breakthrough, thanks to high rankings - No.1 WBC, No.4 WBA, No.7 IBF, No.8 WBO, and No.12 IBO - from major sanctioning bodies.
“I'm on the right track to achieving my goals and what I want,” Ramirez said.
Boxing Scene caught up with the fighter / promoter to discuss his layoff, return, and ultimate desire to share a ring with another Mexican you may have heard of - a Canelo Alvarez.
BoxingScene.com: Walk out of the MGM Grand that night and think about the future and think about where you are now. Does that make you surprised, disappointed?
Gilberto Ramirez: My goal was simply to be a champion. Finally, I set more goals. I tried to achieve more goals. In this fight, I felt so happy, so grateful. I have become a champion. Five years after this fight, I am still at the highest level. I'm the best. I have to do whatever is in my hands to prove myself and everyone that I am the best.
BoxingScene.com: How hard is it to lay off for 18 months at your age, in your prime?
Ramirez: It was a really, really, really tough time for me. I used to fight three or four times a year. Then it all stopped and it was really stressful for me not to fight and not to be in action. It all happened for a reason. I'm grateful because it was the right time, the right time to wait. It was the right time for me because of the coronavirus and the war to stop it. No one thought this was going to happen in 2020. Now I think it's different and this is my chance to prove myself and everyone that I want to be champion and that I want to be a pound for pound fighter. .
BoxingScene.com: Are you a guy who is in the gym a lot, or only when you argue?
Ramirez: All the time. It is a lifestyle. I have to be in the gym all the time, 24/7, every day. I like to be at the gym to exercise even if I don't have a fight. I still enjoy working there. I do all. I make goals. I do meditation. Yoga. Swimming. I do all I can.
BoxingScene.com: So when they told you there was a fight, getting in shape wasn't a problem?
Ramirez: I'm in good shape. I did like 10 laps, 12 laps. I trained throughout the quarantine period. I feel ready. I didn't feel like I was out of the ring. I feel like I'm always ready for a fight. I knew the opportunity would present itself and I had to be prepared.
BoxingScene.com: Did you know something about Lopez?
Ramirez: I don't take it easy for any fight. This fight, I do not take it easy because it came with 10 consecutive victories. It's good for him. I watched it. I watched interviews and what he says. He says he's ready and people need to watch the fight. I feel like he really has confidence in him and that's good because it makes me feel like it's going to be a good fight for both of us, all the fans and all the people who want to see him. It's a tough fight. A tough fight for me. A difficult fight for him. It will be an interesting fight for both of us and I just want to give the fans what they want.
BoxingScene.com: Do you study your opponents intensely or let them prepare for you?
Ramirez: I know what I'm doing in the ring. He must be prepared for me. I don't have to watch tapes all the time. I watch a tape several times and that's it. The most important thing is to practice, sparring and being prepared for whatever he brings to the table. The coach must make the plan.
BoxingScene.com: You had a good run at 168. Is 175 your comfortable weight now?
Ramirez: Now there's 168 left for me. 175 feels comfortable. I feel like my body is done with 168. I didn't feel strong enough. Now at 175, I feel good. I can eat meat. I can eat tacos. I feel like I have power and it's good for me. It was hard not to eat tacos. Now I can eat whatever I want and feel comfortable at 175.
BoxingScene.com: It's a good division. Do you see a lot of good fights and championship fights?
Ramirez: Yes, of course. I see Bivol. I see Benavidez. He will eventually go up. I see Beterbiev. The WBO is vacant. I want to fight these guys. This is my dream.
BoxingScene.com: Is this a fight where you have to make an impression that people remember?
Ramirez: Of course I do. I must win. Everyone wants what I have. They see I'm 40-0 and they want to be ranked No. 1. I know that. Winning this fight means I want the next one to be for a title. So I have to win.
BoxingScene.com: Everyone wants a Canelo fight. Why do you want it and why would he want it?
Ramirez: I want to get all the belts and I want to be a pound-for-pound champion. People will ask for more for this fight and eventually this fight will take place. Of course. Our paths will cross and it must happen. Two Mexican fighters in the ring, it's a guaranteed war.
BoxingScene.com: We're having this conversation again in a year, what do you want to happen by then?
Ramirez: I want all the belts. Grow my business, Zurdo Promotions, to help fighters. I want to have a lot of champions and see the promotion grow.
BoxingScene.com: Why is the promotional stuff happening?
Ramirez: I want to help people. I want to help the fighters. I want to develop their careers and help them all find work.
BoxingScene.com: What if you're a big name, will it be a big name?
Ramirez: Yes, of course.
BoxingScene.com: Let's say Canelo calls your name. How soon could this happen?
Ramirez: It's up to them. Maybe it could happen in 2021, 2022. We don't know. But this is the one we want.
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Fight schedule for this week's title:
IBF / IBO / WBA / WBO Heavyweight Titles - London, United Kingdom
Anthony Joshua (champion / # 2 IWBR) vs. Kubrat Pulev (# 1 IBF / # 10 IWBR)
Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs): first title defense; Defended IBF title six times in first reign (6-0, 5 KOs)
Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs): Second title fight (0-1); Lost (KO 5) tries the same four titles in 2014
Fitzbitz says: Two things. First, Joshua will be a better fighter because of the loss. Maybe not great, but better. And second, Pulev is 39 years old and without an impressive win for years. Next please. Joshua in 9 (90/10)
Last week pick: 1-1 (WIN: Saunders; LOSS: Garcia)
Best pick in 2020: 34-8 (80.9%)
Overall choice record: 1151-373 (75.5%)
NOTE: Preview fights are only those involving the full title holder of a sanctioning body - no interim, diamond, silver, etc. Fights for the WBA “world championships” are only included if no “super champions” exist in the weight class.
Lyle Fitzsimmons has covered professional boxing since 1995 and has written a weekly column for Boxing Scene since 2008. He is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Reach it at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter - @fitzbitz.
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A quick list of seize basic boxing tips your se progager should have told you. These boxing tips will improve your boxing training, boxing punching, and boxing defense. Good luck !
Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with correct form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.
Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.
Drink lots of water. One cup every hour peu ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another vous défouler sur beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.
Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, ( most people have slow feet at first ) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch. Throw bermuda hooks, short uppercuts, and bermuda rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the hard punches when you know they’ll land. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle ! Let your hands go ! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.
Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head. Don’t waste energy running around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit him back. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches ( this is especially for most beginners ). Establish your ground and defend it with hard counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him ! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go !
When starting out, boxers will usually first be taught how to fight at a distance, also known as ‘outfighting’, rather than getting in close where they are more likely to be hit. The skills used here include arm’s-length punches and quick footwork to enable the boxer to deliver a blow before their opponent can respond. It is the best way to tire out and attack an opponent, and lessens their chance of a counterattack.
The following boxing techniques are described for right-handed boxers ( if you are a left-handed or a ‘southpaw’ vous défouler sur then use the opposite arm or leg to what is being described ).
The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance. Being off balance allows an opponent to get in with their own blows. tera assume a good boxing stance, you need to do the following :
Stand sideways to the target, so that you lead with the shoulder opposite that of your strong punching hand. A right-handed puncher should point their left shoulder toward the target. Feet should be kept shoulder width apart, then step forward one pace with the left foot and line up the heel of your left foot with the toes of your other foot. Turn both feet at a quarante cinq degree angle to your target. Your weight should be evenly distributed to provide a firm, steady platform. Bend your knees and hips slightly, keeping your back fairly straight and lift your back heel off the floor, no more than about 7. 5cm ( 3in ). Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and raise your forearms so that they shield the chest. Hold the left glove out at shoulder height and keep it far enough out to attack, but close enough to draw back quickly in defense. The right glove should be held underneath the chin with the wrist turned inwards.
The golden rules of boxing footworkGood footwork is important to enable the vous défouler sur to defend or attack from a balanced place. The golden rules of boxing footwork are as follows : Keep the weight balanced on both feet. Keep your feet apart as you move to maintain good balance. Move around the ring using short sliding steps on the balls of your feet. Never let your feet cross. Always move the foot closest to the direction in which you want to move first.
The key to good footwork is speed, and this can be enhanced by improving fitness, with particular attention to the legs. One good activity for improving fitness, used by many boxers, is skipping. PunchingThere are four main punches in boxing : Jab — a sudden punch. Cross — a straight punch. Hook — a short side punch. Uppercut — a short swinging upward punch.
The Jab ( Left Jab ) This is the simplest but most-used punch in boxing, and likely to be the first punch any beginner would learn. The jab can be used both for attack or defense, and is useful to keep the opponent at bay to set up bigger blows. Hold your left hand up high with your elbow in close to your body. Aim for the opponent’s chin with the back knuckles. Rotate the arm so that the punch lands with the thumb making a small clockwise turn inwards. Slide the left foot forward before effet and snap the hand back ready to deliver another jab. The chin should be dropped to the shoulder to protect it, and the right hand held high ready to block any counter punches.
The CrossA ‘straight right’This is the most powerful and damaging punch, but it may leave the frapper open to a counterattack if it fails to connect. It is best used in a combination of punches, usually after the opponent’s defense has opened up after being hit with a good left jab. Drive off the back foot and pivot the hips and shoulders into the punch for maximum power. Straighten the right arm so that it is at full stretch on effet. Keep the left hand in a guarding place to avoid a counter.
A ‘straight left’This is a good way of keeping an opponent on the back foot. From the basic stance simply straighten your left arm and twist your hips and shoulders into the punch. The first will automatically twist so the knuckles are up and the palm downwards just before effet. If there is room, slide the left foot forward for the blow, but quickly bring up the right foot to maintain balance.
HookThe hook comes from the side so can catch the opponent unaware as it initially comes from out of their vision. The hook requires the boxer to arch and turn their body into a punch. It can be made with either the left or right arm. A right hookBring the chin down to the inside of the left shoulder to protect it. Pivot the toes, hips and hand in the direction of the punch. Turn your hand over so that at the point of impact, the palm faces down.
UppercutThe uppercut can be a great knockout punch and is delivered at close quarters. It comes up from underneath, has an element of surprise, and is usually aimed at the jaw with either hand. One drawback is that if it doesn’t take the opponent out, there is a big chance they will be able to deliver a counterattack. to make a right uppercut, transfer the weight onto the right foot and twist the shoulders and hips to the left, bringing the right first directly up into the target. Leaning back too much will send the vous défouler sur off balance.
a retenir to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed puncher will obviously favour their right hand as it will be their strongest, they should be prepared to work with both hands. In any case, the jab — the most frequently used in a bout — for a right hander will be with the left hand, while he prepares to get through with a big right handed shot. Here we have focused on just a few of the basic punches from the point of view of a right hander, but the puncher must remember that a left hook or left uppercut, for example, can be just as effective given practice. In some circumstances, it may even be a good tactic for the puncher to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed boxer.