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44-0 mandatory challenger aims to block Beterbiev vs Bivol

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Gilberto Ramirez holds an impressive 44-0, 30 KOs record. The Mexican believes he’s next for Dmitry Bivol.

If Ramirez has his way, talk of Artur Beterbiev facing Bivol in a massive undisputed clash will be futile.

The former super middleweight champion and current World Boxing Association (WBA) light heavyweight mandatory challenger is confident. He believes the WBA will order Bivol, the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Light Heavyweight Champion, to fight him next.

Last month, “Zurdo” stopped Dominic Boesel (32-3) in four rounds to become the official WBA light heavyweight mandatory challenger [his second title eliminator victory] for Bivol.

First, Bivol talked about fighting a rematch with Canelo Alvarez, which won’t happen until next May at the earliest.

Beterbiev vs Bivol

Now, he reportedly wants to fight a unification versus Artur Beterbiev (IBF, WBC & WBO), who has a WBO mandatory defense due versus Anthony Yarde.

And promoter Eddie Hearn, who controls which fights are streamed by DAZN, is pushing Joshua Buatsi as Bivol’s next opponent – if a Beterbiev vs Bivol unification isn’t made.

Beterbiev is also linked to fighting Anthony Yarde in the UK.

Bivol’s mandatory challenger, though, is Zurdo!

WBA WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RATINGS – (June 1, 2022)

WBA SUPER CHAMPION – DMITRY BIVOL

1 GILBERTO RAMIREZ OC MEX

2 JOSHUA BUATSI GBR

3 CALLUM SMITH GBR

4 ANDRE DIRRELL USA

5 DAN AZEEZ GBR

6 RICARDS BOLOTNIKS LAT

7 DOMINIC BOESEL GER

8 YUNIESKI GONZALEZ CUB

9 ANTHONY YARDE GBR

10 CRAIG RICHARDS GBR

Ramirez is pushing for what is rightfully his to challenge.

“I appreciate the WBA and believe the right process will be followed,” Ramirez said. “I’m confused about Bivol ducking me. I earned the WBA mandatory challenger position in the ring, not once but twice.

“He’s been talking about fighting me for the last two years. It’s the time!”

Bivol said this one and a half years ago: “Gilberto Ramirez is one of the top players in the light heavyweight division. We have talked about this fight for a long time.

“The time has come to make this a reality. We’ve trained together and sparred as well. He is a professional gentleman and a very good boxer.

“He is an ex-world champion who has proven to be one of the best. Fights like this excite fans. This is what boxing is all about, fights that either fighter has a 50-percent chance of being victorious.

DAZN fight

Even Ramirez’s former promoter, Bob Arum [of Top Rank], is on record saying Bivol vs. Zurdo should be next:

Arum noted that Bivol and Zurdo both fight on DAZN, while Beterbiev fights exclusively on ESPN, and Arum doesn’t want Beterbiev to fight Bivol on DAZN.

“So, my suggestion to Bivol is if the Canelo rematch isn’t available,” Arum recently said in an interview, “he should fight Gilberto Ramirez, who Golden Boy promotes.

“Golden Boy and Eddie Hearn both do their fights on DAZN. So, it shouldn’t be a hard fight to make.”

Gilberto Ramirez

Tom Hogan

Zurdo, of course, agreed with Arum: “I am not surprised by Bob’s comments. Bivol can’t just demand what he wants to Top Rank.

“It just doesn’t work that way. Canelo didn’t commit to the rematch, so now I’m curious what other excuses he [Bivol] might make to avoid me.

“My team and I still have a tremendous amount of respect for Bob and Top Rank. He is one of the greatest promoters, and I will always appreciate Bob for giving me an opportunity.

“Although we disagreed, it doesn’t mean we can’t do good business together down the line. I still cherish all my time with Top Rank and wish nothing but the best for Bob and the Top Rank family.”

The boxing world is waiting for the WBA to order Bivol vs. Zurdo.

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