By Robert Segal: WBA mild heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol may have a psychological letdown in opposition to challenger Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez of their combat on November fifth on DAZN, warns Roy Jones Jr.
Roy notes that Bivol (21-0, 10 KOs) is coming off the excessive of his finest profession win over Canelo Alvarez earlier this yr on Might seventh, and he is probably not as up for his protection in opposition to his WBA obligatory challenger Zurdo Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs).
Jones feels that the previous WBO tremendous middleweight champion Ramirez has a whole lot of expertise, dimension, and energy. In different phrases, Ramirez, 31, is a very totally different fighter from the a lot smaller 5’9″ Canelo, who was simpler for the 6’1″ Bivol to beat due to his dimension benefit.
Bivol can be defending in opposition to Ramirez on November fifth within the headliner bout on DAZN on the Etihad Area, Abu Dhabi in, UAE.
What Jones Jr failed to say is there’s a whole lot of stress on the 31-year-old Bivol, as he should defeat Ramirez for him to get the profitable rematch with Canelo.
The Mexican star advised the media final month that he gained’t combat Bivol if he loses to Ramirez. Bivol has obtained to win in opposition to Ramirez. In any other case, Canelo will transfer on and combat another person subsequent Might.
Ramirez isn’t an ideal fighter by far. No matter little velocity that he had when he fought at 168 is now gone after his transfer as much as 175 in 2019. To make issues worse, Ramirez is on the verge of outgrowing the sunshine heavyweight division.
For instance, in Ramirez’s final combat in opposition to Dominic Boesel on Might 14th, he rehydrated to 204 lbs, which is an absurd quantity of weight for a light-weight heavyweight to be weighing after rehydrating.
Ramirez had weighed in at 174 lbs, which implies he gained again 30 lbs after rehydrating. For Ramirez to be that large for a combat at mild heavyweight, that’s a purple flag that he wants to maneuver as much as cruiserweight as a result of he’s already outgrown the 175-lb division.
What was noticeable about Ramirez’s efficiency in opposition to Boesel was how sluggish he was, each in hand & foot. He was very, very sluggish, and you’ll argue the one purpose Ramirez gained was that how poor of a fighter Boesel was.
Towards a high quality mild heavyweight like Bivol and Artur Beterbiev, Ramirez would have been consuming punches all evening and certain would have been stopped by the referee or his nook.
Throughout Ramirez’s assembly with Bivol for the preliminary press convention in Abu Dhabi, he regarded significantly larger than him. Ramirez was as large as a cruiserweight, and he seemed to be hiding a paunch with the lengthy sleeve shirt that he was carrying. You possibly can Ramirez’s abdomen, and it was clear that he wanted to shed pounds.
“Hell yeah, there’s, and I’m going to inform you why as a result of Gilberto Ramirez is an actual drawback,” mentioned Roy Jones Jr to Fighthype when requested if Dmitry Bivol may have a letdown after his large win over Canelo Alvarez and will lose his subsequent combat to Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez on November fifth.
“This child [Ramirez] can combat. He’s underrated and unknown, and that is his alternative to make himself recognized. He’s undefeated; he’s a former tremendous middleweight champ,” mentioned Jones Jr.
It seems that Jones Jr is remembering Ramirez extra for what he’s carried out at 168 than how he’s checked out 175, as he’s not regarded good at mild heavyweight.
Even when Ramirez was preventing at 168, he by no means fought anybody good within the division. The one midway respectable fighter Ramirez fought throughout his years at 168 was Jesse Hart, and he barely beat him.
“There’s nothing unhealthy about this child. No person has crushed him but, and his puzzle hasn’t been solved. His puzzle hasn’t been solved,” mentioned Jones Jr about Ramirez.
“It is a actually good combat for Bivol, and Bivol needs to be cautious to not let this combat be a downer kind of combat for him as a result of he’s coming off a giant win over Canelo.
“Now, he’s preventing a man that’s comparatively unknown however a really harmful man. So that is going to be an excellent combat for Bivol, however Bivol has all the time proven to be a continuing skilled.
“I feel he’ll deal with it the appropriate approach. He simply needs to be cautious to not get caught in that letdown syndrome as a result of he’s coming off a giant combat that he simply got here off of [against Canelo], which was the most important combat of his profession to preventing a man who you don’t actually know [Ramirez] goes to be sort of powerful.
“This child [Ramirez] is taller than Canelo; he’s a distinct kind of fighter than Canelo. He’s not a small, shorter kind of fighter that Canelo was in opposition to Bivol.
“He’s an entire totally different course of. Canelo, you bought to recollect, he was a 154-pounder coming as much as mild heavy. This child [Ramirez] is a 168-pounder arising one step greater. Bivol even talked about that he may make 168.
“They’re in all probability nearer to the identical dimension and positively nearer to the identical top. So this may very well be a lot of an issue than Canelo was for Bivol due to the peak.
“I feel it will have been Bivol as a result of he’s exhausting to determine, and he does some issues which might be fairly attention-grabbing,” mentioned Jones when requested which of the present high mild heavyweights would have given him bother throughout his profession.
“I don’t assume he would have essentially crushed me, however Bivol would have been probably the most tough one to determine. Artur Beterbiev would have been the toughest to take care of primarily based on the truth that it’s essential to be sure you hit him earlier than he hits you.
“That’s one thing I used to be good at doing, however you higher be sure you hit him first as a result of if he hits you, it’s going to be issues. He would have been an issue.
“They each would have been an issue, however Bivol has velocity, energy, and he can field. Bivol would have been a little bit extra of an issue than Beterbiev as a result of Beterbiev is considerably extra predictable.
“He’s an influence puncher, that’s what he does, and that’s what he actually lives by. So me being a champion, I take one of the best factor you’ve gotten away from you. So if I do know energy is your neatest thing, that’s the very first thing I’m taking away,” mentioned Jones Jr.