WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) had his worst performance of his career in having to battle doubly hard to win a 12 round unanimous decision over Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs) last Saturday night at the SubHub Center in Carson, California. The fight was shown on Top Rank PPV.
Oscar Valdez 125.6 vs. Miguel Marriaga 125.4
Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez 167.8 vs. Max Bursak 167.4
Jessie Magdaleno 121.8 vs. Adeilson Dos Santos 121.2
Shakur Stevenson 124.8 vs. Edgar Brito 125
Fazlidden Gaibnazarov 138 vs. Victor Vazquez 137.4
Alexander Besputin 147.2 vs. Breides Prescott 147.4
Latest Mexican star in the making, Gilberto Ramirez, the WBO super-middleweight champion, has what it takes to become a pay-per-view star – so says his promoter Bob Arum. Arum, speaking with Yahoo! Sports, said he believes the unbeaten 25 year-old can defeat feared middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, if GGG moves up from 160 to 168 to tackle Ramirez, and that such a win would make “Zurdo,” as Ramirez is known, a genuine box-office attraction.
GILBERTO “Zurdo” RAMIREZ, Mexico’s undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight world champion with the matinee idol looks, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender ÓSCAR VALDEZ, undefeated Top-10 world-rated welterweight contender JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR , his opponent FRANCISCO SANTANA and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM will host a Los Angeles news conference Next Tuesday May 31. The participants will be announcing their title fights on the Terence Crawford – Viktor Postol world championship pay-per-view undercard.
Mexico’s Gilberto Ramirez made boxing history this past Saturday night, as he became the first fighter from his country to win a world super-middleweight title. The unbeaten 24-year-old shut-out tough old warrior Arthur Abraham over 12-rounds on the Pac-Man-Bradley card in Las Vegas. A fine talent who had been groomed for championship level and for stardom, the tall, 6’2.5”, southpaw improved to 34-0(24) and he stated after his commanding win how he is open to fighting “anybody” in the near future.
By: Bill Dwyre* – Saturday night, in a familiar boxing ring at a trendy bright-lights casino here, superstar MANNY PACQUIAO will do, in 36 minutes or less, what superstar Kobe Bryant has spent an entire NBA season doing.
Boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, and five-time world champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY will have their Official Weigh-In Today! Friday, April 8, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Open to the public, doors will open at 1:00 p.m. with the undercard stepping on the scale beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT. Pacquiao and Bradley will step on the scale at approximately 3:15 p.m. They are just two days away from their 12-round high-stakes welterweight showdown of pound for pound titans.
Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) is promising his best ever performance when he steps through the ropes to defend his WBO World Super Middleweight title against Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The two-weight World Champion, who will be making his Las Vegas debut on the undercard of Manny Pacqiauo’s farewell fight with Timothy Bradley, knows he must bring his A-game to defeat the rising Mexican star.