Gilberto Ramirez vs Jesse Hart Preview Dec 14th
Unbeaten WBO Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico will be defending his title for the fifth time this Friday, December 14th when he takes on Jesse Hart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a rematch. The 12-round bout can be seen live in the U.S. On ESPN+ while fans in the UK and Ireland can catch it on BoxNation. Ramirez last fought in June when he beat Roamer Alexis Angulo by unanimous decision. Hart last boxed in August when he stopped Mike Gavronski in the third round. Ramirez and Hart first met in September of 2017 with Ramirez winning by a close unanimous decision.
Ramirez vs Hart Betting Odds
Here are the winner odds from online sportsbook 5dimes.eu
- Jesse Hart +295
- Gilberto Ramirez -385
The 27-year-old Ramirez became the first Mexican to capture a world super middleweight title when he beat Arthur Abraham via unanimous decision in 2016 and he’ll enter the ring with a perfect record of 38-0 along with 25 Kos. He’s pretty tall for the 168 lb division as he stands close to 6-feet-3-inches and has a reach of 75 inches. The southpaw turned pro back in 2009 and has fought 211 rounds since then. Ramirez possesses pretty good power in his fists and owns a knockout ratio of 66 per cent. 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. Along with Abraham, Max Bursak and Hart, some of his noteworthy opponents have been Derek Edwards, Fulgencio Zuniga, Junior Talipeau, and Derrick Findley. Ramirez has gone undefeated up to now basically because of his knockout power and the level of opponents he’s faced. He needs to tighten up defensively if he wants to remain unbeaten. To do this he should take better advantage of his height and control the distance in his bouts.
Jesse Hart is a 29-year-old former amateur standout, U.S. Olympic alternate and Golden Gloves Champion. He turned pro back in 2012 and has racked up an impressive record of 25-1 since then with 21 Kos under his belt in a total of 102 pro rounds. He’s just as tall as Ramirez at 6-foot-3 and has a 77.5-inch reach for a two-inch advantage there. There’s no doubt Hart has better than average power as his current knockout ratio stands at 81 per cent. The only problem with Hart is his lack of experience against quality opponents other than Ramirez himself, Derrick Findley and Mike Jiminez.
The first bout was quite close with Hart giving as good as he got. However, he fell short on the judges’ scorecards with results of 115-112, 115-112 and 114-113 and he was dropped by the champion in the second round. He’s fought three times since then with three straight stoppages over Thomas Awimbono, Demond Nicholson and Gavronski in the the first, seventh and third rounds respectively. Even though Hart lost to Ramirez and was decked, he should have gained some confidence from the first bout along with some much needed experience.
Ramirez didn’t look his best against Hart last year as he was hit hard and often. Perhaps he took him too lightly or Hart is simply a legitimate contender. I think Ramirez will be better prepared this time around and will know what to expect from his dangerous opponent. I think he’ll retain his belt with a second victory over Hart.
Ramirez will be better prepared this time.
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