Former super middleweight world champion and unbeaten light heavyweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs) will face world title contender Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight fight. The event will take place on Friday, July 9 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. The venue will be located in Los Angeles with details on the specific venue to be announced in the near future.
Ramirez is looking to continue his pro career without a blemish as he works his way toward being a two division world champion. His run at super middleweight included five defenses of the WBO title, with wins over Jesse Hart and Tommy Karpency among those defenses. He also holds wins over Maxim Vlasov and Arthur Abraham. After it was announced that he would be in the main event of this card in Los Angeles, he was happy receiving the news.
“I’m excited to be headlining this show in Los Angeles with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Gilberto Ramirez. “It’s going to be a great night of boxing with fans back in the stands. I’ve always enjoyed fighting here, and I can’t wait to put on a show to continue my hunt for the light heavyweight championship. I appreciate Oscar and the Golden Boy family for their love and support, and I look will forward to a great night of boxing.”
Barrera is a 12 year veteran who has been in the ring with a good number of contenders in the light heavyweight division. He does have a win over Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and the current WBO champion Joe Smith Jr., while his losses have come to previously mentioned Jesse Hart, current WBA champion Dmitry Bivol, and future Hall of Famer Andre Ward. At 39 years old, he knows that his chances for a world title shot depend on what he does on July 9th.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to headline such a big card against Gilberto Ramirez,” said Sullivan Barrera. “I know that my opponent is a former world champion with a lot of experience and that he will come very much prepared. However, I feel that I have faced much better opposition. I’ve also spent my entire career in the light heavyweight division, something that will be totally new for him. It will be a difficult fight, but I will walk away with my hands raised in victory.”
The undercard will have former IBF super featherweight champion Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. take on Javier Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs) in a 12 round lightweight encounter. Fortuna was scheduled to face Ryan Garcia, but that bout was scrapped due to Garcia having health issues. Now the WBC lightweight contender will be in a battle against Diaz.
“I’m very happy that Jo Jo Diaz has accepted the challenge to face me, as long as after the fight he makes no excuses for getting knocked out,” said Fortuna. “I give Diaz credit for having the balls to fight me. Devin Haney doesn’t have those balls. But after I win this fight, Haney will have 90 days to find them.”