Fans love both boxing and boxers. But the way the sport is run can sometimes reek of shadiness and this is most evident in this lopsided matchup between Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Gabriel Rosado. One glimpse at the boxing lines tells the story: this is a top-tier contender in Ramirez expected to smash the aging Rosado.
Ramirez Will Continue To Bully
Ramirez is, if anything, a “weight bully”. Standing 6-foot-2 with a 75-inch reach, Zurdo is sized like a cruiserweight but picks on light heavyweights and super middleweights moving up. He’s also built a long career off of busting mostly favorable opponents up until he got exposed by Dmitry Bivol.
But with this match, Golden Boy knows what it’s doing: feeding Rosado, a super middleweight at best, to Ramirez to get him back in the win column. Ramirez should make short work of his fading opponent and the online sportsbook makes it hard for even whales to make a profit off this matchup.
This is right up Ramirez’s alley. He is typically this short of a favorite. The question here is how long it can take him to put Rosado away. The underdog is tough but he’s way past his prime and has taken plenty of beatings. A bet online on Ramirez to win by KO, when available, is likely the best way to approach this for his backers.
Does Rosado Have One Last Prayer Left?
Rosado is a fan favorite and is considered one of the best spokespeople for the sport. He’s a world title short of being a lock for the Boxing Hall of Fame. But every once in a while, he’s capable of making some memorable fights. In this one, which could be his swan song, he’ll need to find a way to be competitive against Ramirez.
He’s pulled off big upsets like when he knocked out Bektemir Melikuziev as a 6-1 underdog or when he nearly defeated Daniel Jacobs at 11-1. But these fights seem like a lifetime ago and he’s been thoroughly beaten up in his last three bouts. Jaime Munguia should have retired him. But Rosado keeps fighting even if it’s not for his own good.
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— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) December 28, 2021
It’s tough to see how he wins this fight. Fans may make him their boxing pick based on how much they love him but he hardly even has a “puncher’s chance” here.
Ramirez vs Rosado Head-to-Head
Physically, Ramirez has all the advantages. He is three inches taller with a 3.5-inch reach advantage. He’s also six years younger and has not absorbed nearly the same damage Rosado has. Ramirez will pit his southpaw stance against Rosado’s orthodox.
Ramirez vs Rosado Fight Information
- Fighters: Ramirez (44-1-0, 30 KOs) vs Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs)
- Location: The Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, CA
- Day/Time: Saturday, March 18th, 9 p.m. ET
- Ramirez vs Rosado Live stream: Box Live
Ramirez vs Rosado Betting Lines
Ramirez vs Rosado Picks & Prediction
If Rosado, by some form of miracle, upsets Ramirez, it will go down as the biggest upset on the boxing news in a long time. But no one, in good conscience, will wager on Rosado even with his long online gambling lines. Either parlay Ramirez or pass altogether.
Gilberto Ramirez is listed at –3000 in our Vegas boxing lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Ramirez, you have a chance to win $3. Gabriel Rosado is +1000, offering a chance to win $1000 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Ramirez a 96.77% chance to win, with Rosado at 9.09%