Can Sullivan Barrera hand Gilberto Ramirez his first loss of his professional career this Friday?
- Gilberto Ramirez vs Sullivan Barrera goes Friday, July 9th, 2021 at 9:00 PM EST
- Who jettisons themselves upwards the light heavyweight contender hierarchy?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
Gilberto Ramirez vs Sullivan Barrera transpires at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The fistic fireworks broadcast on DAZN.
The winner positions themselves pretty favorably in the queue for a light heavyweight world title shot for later in the calendar year.
Gilberto Ramirez vs Sullivan Barrera Odds
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Ramirez versus Barrera is a classic crossroads fight in many regards.
One with the rising contender hungry for a title shot taking on the former world title challenger looking to mount a campaign towards yet another bid for the crown, respectively.
Gilberto Ramirez’s Quest to Be Two Weight Champ
Gilberto Ramirez is a former WBO super middleweight champion who made five successful defenses before vacating the hardware. He then moved up in weight to pursue further challenges.
The undefeated fighter has won back-to-back bouts since his light heavyweight jump. That pair of stoppage wins seems to indicate he is settling well into competing at 175 pounds.
Ramirez’s last contest saw him dismantle Alfonso Lopez via tenth-round TKO in their December bout.
Ramirez makes his debut under the Golden Boy banner for this contest.
He is on a path to go beyond 50-0, and this is a feat that Gilberto Ramirez could potentially achieve in the next few years as he also strives to become a two-weight world champion.
Sullivan Barrera’s Path Back to Title Contention
Barrera has taken on some elite names in the division, including then-unified champion Andre Ward as well as current titlists Dmitry Bivol and Joe Smith Jr.
He also has had a remarkable amateur boxing career before diving right into it with the upper echelon pro warriors.
Sullivan Barrera hears the rhetoric around Ramirez and understands the momentum he has. But Barrera also understands he is the stiffest test Ramirez has taken on as a light heavyweight by a chasm-sized gap.
Though he has been out of the ring for over two years and is looking to return to the win column, Sullivan Barrera is a hard night out for anybody in the world when he’s in top form.
These 175 pounders match up pretty well on paper, with Ramirez having a couple of inches of reach over Barrera as well as a likely speed edge.
Conversely, Barrera has the experience edge in my estimation his amateur experiences belie the differential in pro bouts between the two. Also, he has a superior resume than Ramirez’s as he has gotten in more reps fighting the international elites.
Gilberto Ramirez vs Sullivan Barrera Tale of the Tape
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This prizefight is scheduled to go for twelve rounds, and I can see the judges’ scorecards being read aloud for this one.
I foresee this with Barrera’s level of durability and veteran savvy. Coupled with Ramirez not exactly being the biggest KO artist in the world.
In summation, I think there is good value in going with a prop bet on this prizefight going the distance. Also, Ramirez winning via points/decision presents good value for a prop bet too.
Pick: Gilberto Ramirez (-800)
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