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Gilberto Ramirez explains reason for move to cruiserweight, discusses Joe Smith Jr bout

Gilberto Ramirez
Gilberto Ramirez. Photo credit: Getty Images

Mexican southpaw Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez 44-1 (30) will resume his career in the cruiserweight division after outgrowing the light heavyweight division.

The former WBO super middleweight champion moved up to campaign at 175-pounds four years ago and unsuccessfully challenge WBA boss Dmitry Bivol 21-0 (11) for his belt in Abu Dhabi last November, losing on points.

Now the 32-year-old, who stands at almost six-foot-three, sees his future at 200-pounds.

His next fight will be against former WBO light heavyweight champion Joe ‘The Common Man’ Smith Jr 28-4 (22), who will also be making his cruiserweight debut, in a 190-pound catchweight bout.

The pair will meet at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 7, live on DAZN.

“This fight marks my move up to the cruiserweight division. This decision is based on a combination of factors that my team and I carefully considered,” Ramirez said.

“One of the main reasons is my natural growth and development as an athlete. As I’ve progressed during my career, I’ve gained muscle mass and strength, making it more suitable for me to compete in the cruiserweight division.

“Additionally, we believe that this move will provide exciting new challenges and opportunities for me. The cruiserweight division is known for its competitive and diverse talent pool and I’m eager to test my skills against opponents with different styles and strengths.

“This transition also aligns with my long-term goals in the sport and I’m confident that I’ll be able to make a positive impact in this new weight class.

“I’ve worked closely with my coaches and trainers to ensure a smooth transition in terms of training, strategy and overall preparation.

“While it is a new chapter in my career, I’m embracing the change and looking forward to proving myself at cruiserweight.”

Rather than take a tune-up fight in his new weight class Ramirez will take on the well-crendtialled Smith, who has defeated Bernard Hopkins, Andrzej Fonfara and Eleider Alvarez, among the more notables names on his ledger.

The dangerous New Yorker from Long Island has stopped 22 of the 28 opponents he has defeated to date.

“I have nothing but respect for Joe,” Ramirez said. “He is a hard hitter and former world champion. But when I made this move to cruiserweight, I specifically asked my promoter for the toughest guys in the division to create a path to a world title fight.

“I’m a fighter and there has never been a fight I’ve dodged or turned down in my career and this is no different.

“Of course, any fight at this level will definitely shape the future and the next possible steps. I know how hard the stakes are and I want to prove to myself that I can be a world champion in this division.”