Undefeated duo Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (pictured) will square off at Yas Island’s Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on November 5.
Remember, remember the fifth of November.
With one month to go until the UAE’s first World Boxing Association title fight, light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and confident contender Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez have promised fans fireworks on November 5 inside the ring at Etihad Arena on Yas Island.
Undefeated Bivol won his most recent title defence with a unanimous decision against Mexican Canelo Alvarez back in May. Ramirez meanwhile is undefeated in 44 fights, despite moving up a weight class in 2019. Now, in a mandatory fight, the two will contest a dust-up in Abu Dhabi.
“I’m very excited about getting back into the ring,” said Bivol, who has won 11 of his 20 fights by knockout.
“It’s been a long five months, but to fight in Abu Dhabi for the first time and to be a part of the first world-title fight in the region is something special, I’m relaxed, I’m ready, and I can’t wait to put on a show for my fans. I know tickets are selling fast, so I look forward to seeing you all there.”
Ramirez said he is preparing to realise a dream in Abu Dhabi. “It’s no secret my goal is to be a world champion again, and I’m thankful to my promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, for helping make this happen,” said the Mexican, who held the WBO super middleweight title from 2016 to 2019.
“Fighting in Abu Dhabi is exciting for me. The city and the government have been great to me, and I hope to come back here for many more shows and be the bridge for Mexican Boxing and the Middle East. Bivol is a really good challenge, which I like because I never hide from a challenge. I’m confident and promise my fans I will leave Abu Dhabi a two-time world champion. It won’t be the last time I’ll be here.” he said.
The fight night, organised as part of a partnership between Matchroom Boxing and Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, is the first event in a new Champion Series that aims to support the growth of combat sports within the UAE capital. The November 5 fight card is stacked with two more title fights featuring undefeated boxers, including the first female title fight held in the Middle East.
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