Former World Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez is readying for his 2023 debut which will also signal his cruiserweight division debut as he faces former light heavyweight world champion Joe Smith Jr. Their bout which takes place October 7th, situated within The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, October 7, will be broadcast on DAZN.
Yesterday, Ramirez held a media workout ahead of his bout to promote his upcoming fight. Ramirez also touched on some of the issues people were curious about, one of which being his move up to cruiserweight after missing weight so badly in a fight scheduled against Gabriel Rosado that the fight was canceled at the weigh-in.
As for his opponent, Joe Smith Jr., Ramirez stated that he is very familiar with him.
"I've been watching Joe Smith Jr. for many years now; probably his whole career," said Ramirez. "He is a great fighter and it's exciting for me to face him because he is a former world champion, he has faced many former champions and great top opponents."
Also at the media event were several undercard fighters who promoted their bout. These included John “Scrappy” Ramirez, a recent signee with Golden Boy, who will co-headline a twelve-round bout in a WBA Super Flyweight final eliminator fight against Ronal Batista, Bektemir “The Bully” Melikuziev will face veteran Alantez Fox and Daniel “Ikaika” Luna will make a quick return and be featured on this card.