Gabriel Rosado vs Gilberto Ramirez Preview March 18th, 2023
Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico steps back into the ring this Saturday, March 18th when he takes on veteran Gabriel Rosado in a 12-round light heavyweight tilt. The fight from Long Beach, California can be seen live in most nations on DAZN. Ramirez last fought in November when he dropped a unanimous decision to Dmitrii Bivol in a shot at the WBA Light-Heavyweight Title while Rosado last saw action in September when he was handed a 10-round unanimous decision defeat by Ali Akhmedov in a shot at the vacant IBF North American, and WBC Silver Super Middleweight Titles.
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Rosado vs Ramirez Betting Odds
- Gabriel Rosado +1200
- Gilberto Ramirez -3300
The 37-year-old Rosado carries a record of 26-16-1 with 15 Ko’s and has boxed 340 rounds since making his pro debut in 2006 following a short amateur career. He’s just shy of 6-feet tall and with a 71.5-inch. Rosado’s not really a powerful puncher despite his spectacular one-punch KO over Bektemir Melikuziev in June, 2021, as his current knockout ratio is just 34.1 per cent. And even though he’s been stopped four times, Rosado is known to possess a pretty solid chin.
Rosado has taken on the likes of world middleweight champions Peter Quillin and Gennady Golovkin in the past with Quillin stopping him in the 10th round on cuts and Golovkin halting him in seven. Rosado has also been beaten by Alfredo Angulo by second-round TKO, Derek Ennis and Shane Mosley Jr by 10-round majority decisions; Fernando Guerrero and Joshua Onyango by eight-round unanimous decisions, Chris Gray by six-round unanimous decision, Jermell Charlo and Maciej Sulecki by 10-round unanimous decision and David Lemieux by 10th-round stoppage.
He also dropped a 12-round split decision to Daniel Jacobs, a 12-round majority decision to Martin Murray, 12-round unanimous decisions to Willie Monroe Jr and Jaime Munguia. He also lost a 10-round split-decision to J’Leon Love in 2013 but the result was changed to a no-contest after Love failed a drug test. Rosado’s lone draw was a 12-round affair with Luis Arias in 2018.
Rosado has lost his fair share of fights that’s for sure but has taken on some pretty tough customers along the way and was competitive against just about all of them. His biggest wins have been against Melikuziev, Glen Tapia, Sechew Powell, Jesus Soto-Karass, Saul Roman, and Kassim Ouma. Rosado is a tough customer, but doesn’t have much power and that’s why he’s usually fallen short when stepping up in class. He has a lot of energy and heart and that’s what makes him a fan-friendly boxer.
Along the way, Rosado has captured the vacant WBO International Super Middleweight Title with his win over Melikuziev in 2021 and the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Belt with his win over Sechew Powell in 2012. He also captured the Pennsylvania State Super Welterweight crown in 2011 with a victory over Keenan Collins. Rosado will be moving up to light heavyweight for the first time with this fight.
The 31-year-old Ramirez is a southpaw who became the first Mexican to capture a world super middleweight title when he beat Arthur Abraham via unanimous decision in 2016 for the WBO Belt. He’ll enter the ring with an impressive record of 44-1 with 30 Ko’s with his lone loss coming to Bivol the last time out. Ramirez stands close to 6-feet-3-inches tall and has a reach of 75 inches which gives him a three-inch height advantage over Rosado as well as 3.5-inches in reach. Ramirez made his pro debut in 2009 and has fought 267 rounds since.
Ramirez possesses quite a bit of power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 66.7 per cent and hais last five wins have come by stoppage. He’s is a bit of an oddity for such a tall boxer though since he doesn’t always use his height to his advantage. Ramirez often prefers to work his way inside to engage instead of fighting at a safer distance. After beating Abraham, Ramirez defended his title against Max Bursak and Jesse Hart by unanimous decisions and stopped Habib Ahmed in six rounds.
He then beat Roamer Alexis Angulo by unanimous decision and Jesse Hart by majority decision in a rematch before moving up in weight to face Tommy Karpency and stopped him after four rounds. He then stopped Alfonso Lopez for the NABF Light Heavyweight Crown and decided to stay in the 175 lb division. Overall, Ramirez has stopped six of his last nine opponents after going the distance in eight out of 12 at one point.
Some of his other noteworthy opponents have been Sullivan Barrera, Derek Edwards, Fulgencio Zuniga, Junior Talipeau, and Derrick Findley. Ramirez has been successful up to now basically due to a combination of power, skill and aggressiveness. He needs to tighten up defensively if he wants to win a world title again but has displayed a solid chin up to now. However, he may be more effective if he took better advantage of his height and controlled the distance in his bouts.
Fans were disappointed in Ramirez’s performance against Bivol as the devastating puncher looked quite timid and lethargic as he didn’t let his hands go nearly enough. He was too cautious and was easily outboxed. He likely won’t take that approach this weekend against Rosado due to Rosado’s lack of power and the fact his opponent is moving up to light heavyweight. Ramirez needs to stick to his strengths which are aggression, size and power and simply go for it. He’s got a great chin and should be able to hand Rosado his fourth straight defeat and sixth in his last eight fights.
Ramirez’s power and natural aggression should be the difference.
Play: Ramirez -3300 @ BetOnline.ag
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