Gilberto Ramirez (44-1) has missed the 175lb light-heavyweight limit in his scheduled contest against Gabriel Rosado (26-16-1), which was due to take place on Saturday (March 18) in Long Beach, California.
Ramirez, former WBO super-middleweight world champion, missed the weight officially by 7.6lbs weighing in at 182.6lbs. Ramirez was removed from the card, which would have marked his return to the ring following his unsuccessful light-heavyweight title challenge against Dmitri Bivol in Abu Dhabi, UAE, last November.
Ramirez spoke out on his Instagram following the weight-in.
“No excuses. I had never missed weight in my 45 pro fights. This is the first and last time. I have always prided myself on being a professional, but today was not my finest moment. On that note, I’d like to apologize to all my fans and supporters, Golden Boy Promotions, and DAZN for this unfortunate event. I never gave up trying to make weight, cutting until the final moment, but just couldn’t lose enough to make the contracted weight. I am embarrassed and upset by my actions and promise that this will never happen again. I will make the right adjustments and will be back soon.”
"Due to Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez failing to make the contracted weight, Zurdo vs Rosado has been cancelled," Golden Boy confirmed in a statement. "We are very disappointed for letting our fans down and will work with Gabriel Rosado to bring him back to the ring very soon."
Golden Boy Promotions have confirmed that JoJo Diaz vs Mercito Gesta will now headline the card, which DAZN will televise.