Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez Destroys Habib Ahmed & Jerwin Ancajas Shines in Victory Over Israel Gonzalez on ESPN
February 4, 2018
Anthony Saldana (84 articles)

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez Destroys Habib Ahmed & Jerwin Ancajas Shines in Victory Over Israel Gonzalez on ESPN

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña


With the biggest sports weekend of the year upon us Top Rank Boxing made it’s much anticipated return to ESPN Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas as the WBO middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (37-0, 25 KO’s), from Mazatlan, Mexico took on the undefeated Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed (22-1, 17 KO’s) from Accra, Ghana. For Ramirez this was the third defense of his super middleweight title which he captured from former champion Arthur Abraham last April. In the opening round Ahmed came out keeping his distance from the taller Ramirez as the Ghanian showed no willingness to exchange with the champion. Ramirez used a solid jab to easily out point Ahmed who looked a little lost in the bright light and the big stage. Ramirez used a solid attack early to outbox his opponent, but in the third round a clash of heads opened up small gash over Ramirez’ right eye. The Cut however had no ill effect on the champion, as Ramirez continued to push forward. By the fifth round Ahmed had no answer for Ramirez as the world champion totally dominated Ahmed hurting him several times in the lopsided round. Ramirez continued to demolish Ahmed in the sixth and by the middle of the round the corner of Ahmed had seen enough and threw in the towel. “I would like to fight anybody any champion from Europe, England anybody. Bob Arum he promised me the winner of the tournament he can make that fight and I need to fight the best” stated Ramirez after his big TKO victory. “I want to be the best in my division and be a pound for pound fighter”


In the Co-main event the filipino IBF Super-flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KO’s) looked   make his fourth defense of his title as he tooks on 21 year old Israel “Gallo De Oro” Gonzalez (21-2, 8 KOs) from Mexico. Ancajas waisted no time in taking the fight to Gonzalez as in the first minute of the fight Ancajas caught Gonzalez with a devastating sweeping left hook dropping his Mexican opponent. Gonzalez beat the count as the Filipino fighter continued to pepper him throughout the rest of the round.  By the start of the second round Gonzalez had regained his composure and stood toe to toe in the center landing quick combinations on Ancajas as his aggression and offense slowly started come into play. In the middle rounds both fighters continued to move forward in a fast paced electric bout, exchanging punches on each other at will. Gonzalez however seemed to be a little flat footed as Ancajas used a laser like jab to stay one step ahead of him. By the ninth round Ancajas had taken complete control of the fight outlining Gonzalez 110 to 38. Then in the tenth round the young Filipino fighter that has been compared to the former world champion Manny Pacquaio landed a quick straight left that dropped Gonzalez for the second time in the fight. Gonzalez rose off the campus only to get caught with a windmill left that floored Gonzalez once again forcing the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout. “I was expecting a knockout” stated Ancajas after the fight. When asked about the talented Superfly division and Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and Naoya “the Monster” and how he would matchup against them Ancajas said “I consider them the top of the division and I’m a notch below them but I’m trying to get to where they at.”


Other bouts include

Teofimo Lopez Jr. (9-0, 6 KO’s) vs. Juan Carlos Sanchez (1-3), 8 rounds, lightweights, Result; Lopez Jr. wins by unanimous decision


Jesse Hart (23-1, 19 KO’s) vs. Thomas Awimbono (25-8, 21 KO’s) 10 rounds, super middleweights, Result; Hart wins by 1st rounds Knockout


Jose Benavidez Jr. (26-0, 17 KO’s) vs. Matthew Strode (24-6, 9 KO’s), 8 rounds, welterweights, Result; Benavidez wins by 8th round TKO


Gabriel Flores Jr. (6-0, 5 KO’s) vs. Alex Solorio (4-3, 1 KO), 6 rounds, junior lightweights, Result; Flores Jr. by 1st round TKO


Rohan Murdock (22-1, 16 KO’s) vs. Frankie Filippone (24-7, 8 KO’s), 8 rounds, super middleweights, Result; Murdock wins by 4th round TKO


David Kaminsky (Debut) vs. Rafael Munoz (1-3-1), 4 rounds, junior middleweights, Result; Kaminsky wins by unanimous decision and moves to (1-0)




Anthony Saldana