Dmitry Bivol handed Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez his first-ever career loss on Saturday Dmitry Bivol’s reputation was further boosted after picking up a one-sided victory over undefeated Mexican star Gilberto Ramirez in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night. Russian-Kyrgyz champion Bivol, 31, stunned the boxing community in May when he became the first man in nearly a decade to defeat Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, edging out the Mexican icon to retain his title WBA (Super) light heavyweight. He played another Mexican’s spoiler by handing Ramirez his first ever loss in his 45th career fight. Bivol, who stood two inches tall and three inches in reach, didn’t allow the size disparity to dictate the fight as he fought off Ramirez’s stabbing punches. The champion landed the competition’s first telltale jab – a straight right that tested the Mexican’s chin – and he continued to use impressive footwork to avoid any type of riposte from his opponent. In the fourth, Bivol’s supremacy was beginning to be felt. He was finding a home for his right hand, with a combination sending Ramirez retreating into the ropes. Ramirez – who was 44-0 before the fight – showed signs of being able to hang on but, while he was able to steady the ship at times, he struggled with his own offense and it is Bivol who continued to land cleaner strikes. By the twelfth round, it was clear that Ramirez needed a finish if he was to maintain his undefeated career record. Although he showed admirable courage, however, he was unable to overcome Bivol’s superior technique. Bivol finally triumphed on the 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111 scorecards after 12 rounds in what was the tenth defense of the world title he has now held for over five years. “I’m happy to have beaten Zurdo,” Bivol said afterwards. “44 fights he won before. Now I’m the first to beat him. Three years ago, I first wanted to fight him. It means a lot to me. “He’s slower than me. I could see his punches coming. When I landed he fired back at the body. That was it. He’s slow but he has good timing. In practice, I tried to push forward. He throws a lot of punches, which tells me you’re not strong. When your opponent is not strong, you can push forward.” Attention now turns to a rumored rematch between Bivol and Canelo, possibly even with Bivol losing weight to challenge the Mexican’s undisputed super middleweight crown. And while Bivol says that’s an option, he maintains that other challenges potentially lie ahead. “I think we could talk about it, of course,” he teased. “It’s not my preference, but we could.” Not all news on the site expresses the views of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
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