Light heavyweight contender Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico faces Dominic Boesel on Saturday in what he hopes is a stepping stone to a title shot.
Gilberto Ramirez (43-0, 29 KOs) vs. Dominic Boesel (32-2, 12 KOs)
- Date: Saturday, May 14
- Time: 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT (main event later in show)
- Where: Toyota Arena, Ontario, California
- TV / Stream: DAZN
- Cost: DAZN is $ 19.99 per month or $ 149.99 annually
- Division: Light heavyweight (175 pounds)
- Rounds: 12
- At stake: No titles
- Pound-for-pound ranking: None
- Odds: NA
- Also on the card: William Zepeda vs. Rene Alvarado, lightweights
- Prediction: Ramirez KO 8
- Background: Ramirez might be the most-under-the-radar unbeaten former world titleholder. The Mexican southpaw is a former super middleweight champion with victories over Arthur Abraham and Jesse Hart (twice). However, in part because of promotional problems, his momentum stalled when he moved up to light heavyweight in 2019. He seems to be back on track after joining forces with Golden Boy Promotions, with consecutive knockouts of Sullivan Barrera and Yunieski Gonzalez. He is now talking publicly about taking on the top 175-pounders. Of course, a fight against the nondescript Boesel might be much of a springboard. The German is a solid European-level fighter but is essentially a stay-busy opponent for Ramirez, who is biding his time until he can get a big fight. Boesel is coming off a split-decision victory in his October rematch with Robin Krasniqi, who stopped him in three rounds in 2020. He has never fought outside of Europe.