Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez vs. Tommy Karpency on April 12 in Los Angeles, CA
Mexico’s Gilberto Ramirez, already a world champion at super-middleweight, where “Zurdo” has made five retentions of the WBO belt, wants a world title at light-heavyweight.
The unbeaten 27 year old is eyeing a shot at Sergey Kovalev but first he will meet tough and experienced contender Tommy Karpency, on April 12 in Los Angeles on the Lomachenko vs Crolla card.
Karpency (29-6-1, 18 KO) has made two title bids in the past, falling well short against Nathan Cleverly for the WBO belt and Adonis Stevenson for the WBC belt. His greatest accomplishment is a split decision over a shot Chad Dawson, which doesn’t quite make up for losses to Karo Murat, Andrzej Fonfara, and Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
His last three bouts saw him beat Marlon Hayes (15-fight losing streak coming in), Rubin Williams (27-fight losing streak), and Mickey Scarborough (9-fight losing streak). That said, he does has a win over a 12-44-2 guy named, and I swear I am not making this up, Mike McFail.
Ramirez (39-0, 25 KO) has been criticized for soft matchmaking, but this might be the worst yet. Even if he’s moving up in weight, an unbeaten champion should not be fighting a guy whose only credentials are losing to a bunch of solid fighters.