Gilberto Ramirez returns to action December 18, will co-promote battle towards Alfonso Lopez
After a long layoff, and securing his unencumber from desirable Rank, former WBO world super middleweight titleholder Gilberto Ramirez will eventually return to motion. Ramirez will face fringe contender Alfonso Lopez December 18, it became introduced Monday night.
the 10-circular easy heavyweight bout will take vicinity Galveston Island conference core in Galveston, Texas. within the co-function, heavyweight contender Michael Hunter II will square off in opposition t Chauncey Welliver in a ten-round bout.
both fights will air reside on FITE tv (PPV, $24.ninety nine).
Ramirez and Lopez, each of whom are co-promoters of the cardboard, have not fought in over a yr.
Ramirez (40-0, 26 knockouts), who resides in Mazatlan, Mexico, has no longer fought considering the fact that forcing Tommy Karpency to stay on his stool after round 4 on April 12 of final year. The combat become his first as a lightweight heavyweight after defending the WBO tremendous middleweight title 5 instances, together with twice against contender Jesse Hart.
The 29-year-historical reportedly tried to purchase out his promotional contract with accurate Rank as early as January, but was given his liberate in July. previous this 12 months, the WBO invited Ramirez to take part in a 4-person match for their version of the one hundred seventy five-pound world title, but Ramirez declined the invitation.
Ramirez is hoping a win over Lopez will push his profession returned into contender repute.
“I’m eager for hosting my first battle and admire all of the guide and love I’ve received from every person,” noted Ramirez, who is expert by using Julian Chua, Joel Flores, and Chris Wong. “I are aware of it’s been a protracted road to return, however I feel amazing having full manage of my career and being in a position to fight whenever, anyplace, and despite the fact, I desire. I suppose superior than ever to step again within the ring.”
Lopez (32-3, 25 KOs), who resides in Huntsville, Texas, defeated gatekeeper Denis Grachev by unanimous decision in his ultimate bout on November 16. The 38-yr-ancient has won his ultimate 10 bouts due to the fact losing lower back-to-lower back selections to Justin Williams and Dyah Ali Davis, respectively, in 2012.
Hunter (18-1-1, 12 KOs) fought to a break up-determination draw towards Alexander Povetkin in his last bout on December 7. previous to the battle against Povetkin, Hunter had received his old six bouts given that struggling his only loss at the hands of Oleksandr Povetkin in April 2017.
The 32-12 months-old, who resides in Las Vegas, is ranked No. 8 by The Ring.
Welliver (fifty seven-13-5, 23 KOs) closing fought on August 28, losing with the aid of knockout in round 4 to unbeaten prospect Cassius Chaney. Welliver, who resides in Spokane, Washington, had received his old two bouts after losing five in a row over a span of nearly two and a half years.
The 37-12 months-historic became seasoned just about two months after his 18th birthday in June 2001.
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