Fighters a Combined 64-0
One unbeaten record will continue on Saturday when WBA light heavyweight title holder Dmitry Bivol fights 44-0 Gilberto Ramirez.
Bivol is a Russian superstar at 20-0 and boxing odds have the 31-year-old at -380 to defend his title.
Bustlin’ Bivol Dominant
Ranked as the best light heavyweight in the world, Bivol is a one-man wrecking crew and his effort to beat Canelo Alvarez was impressive.
The Russian, who currently resides in California, scored a narrow 115-113 decision across the board. It was a close-run thing, but to beat Canelo in Las Vegas makes him the worthy sportsbook favorite.
He’s expecting a tough challenge against Ramirez, who has to be respected given his record.
“He’s a good fighter because he has 44 victories in 44 fights, he has good body punches, he makes the weight well, he’s confident,” Bivol told BoxingScene. “I think, first of all, it will be a great fight because we both want to win. We both don’t know what losing is, and when people are well matched it’s an amazing fight.
“I wanted to fight him maybe three or four years ago and I said to my team, ‘Let’s make this fight.’ First of all, he was a champion at super-middleweight. I wanted to fight against another champion. Then he has zero losses, it’s a good challenge for me.”
Ramirez hasn’t fought the same names as Bivol, but he’s dangerous and bookmakers could have made the case to open Bivol at -500.
Mexican Pride for Ramirez
Ramirez has finished his last five fights and that’s the danger presented to Bivol. He is famous for avoiding punches, but Ramirez doesn’t wait around.
The 31-year-old Mexican is a proud puncher and with 30 knockouts from 44 wins, he has a good knockout success rate. He took only four rounds to end Dominic Boesel earlier this year and that followed a KO against Yunieski Gonzalez.
Ramirez doesn’t have a win against the likes of Canelo on his record, but betting online markets show respect at +280. He always has a puncher’s chance and with 44 fights under his belt as a professional, he’s not lacking ring experience.
His size advantage could be enough to cause an upset.
“Of course, I’m 175 pounds naturally, and I’m bigger than him, stronger, and everyone will see on November 5,” said Ramirez. “I’m sorry for him because he has a big storm coming, and it will take everything.”
It’s tough to bet against a 44-0 fighter, but Bivol could be a generational talent and we don’t think Ramirez is quite at that level.
Bivol vs Raminez Head-to-Head
It’s the first meeting between Bivol and Ramirez.
Bivol vs Raminez Fight Information
- Fight: Bivol vs Ramirez
- Location: Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi
- Day/Time: Saturday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m. ET
- Bivol vs Ramirez Live Stream: Box Live
Bivol vs Raminez Betting Lines
Bivol vs Raminez Prediction
There is a lot of hype around Bivol and it comes as no surprise. He’s the dominant fighter in this division and the -380 odds are better than expected.
We don’t think he’ll land a knockout blow, so the -200 to win by decision is a slightly better price.
The Russian is a masterful technician and he should extend his unbeaten streak to 21.