The long-awaited return of undefeated Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (40-0, 26 KOs) might be Friday evening, December 18, when he challenges North American Boxing Federation (NABF) easy heavyweight Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (32-three, 25 KOs), live on pay per view from Galveston Island conference center in Galveston, Texas.
“battle of Rio Grande” will be obtainable for are living viewing on digital, cable and satellite, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, on pay per view for a counseled retail rate of most effective $24.99. FITE television will move worldwide on the FITE app and website (www.FITE.tv) and built-in activities Media will distribute throughout North america by the use of DirecTV, trendy, Vubiquity, and DISH in the united states, as well as in Canada on Shaw and SaskTel.
The leading adventure combatants, Ramirez and Lopez, are co-promoters of “battle of Rio Grande” under their promotional enterprise names, respectively, Zurdo Promotions and El Tigre Promotions.
The 29-12 months-historical Ramirez, combating out of Mazatlán, Mexico, grew to become the first Mexican super middleweight champion of the area in 2016, when he defeated defending World Boxing corporation (WBO) champion Arthur Abraham (44-4) by way of a 12-round unanimous resolution. Ramirez successfully defended his world title towards 33-four-1 Maksym Bursak (DEC12), 22-0 Jesse Hart (WDEC12), 25-0-1 Habif Ahmed (TKO6), 23-0 Roamer Alexis Angulo (DEC12) and 25-1 Hart (DEC12) in a rematch.
Ramirez’ ultimate battle, his first as a light heavyweight, was final April in la, in which “Zurdo” stopped 29-6-1 Tommy Karpency in four rounds. Ramirez then grew to be a promotional free agent.
Lopez can be combating near his domestic in Huntsville, Texas. “El Tigre” may be using a 10-fight win streak into the ring for the Dec. 18th 12-round leading experience. He hasn’t fought in 13 months, registering a 10-circular decision over 19-9-1 Denis Grachev in Lopez’ first protection of the NABF title he captured in his old combat with a fourth-circular stoppage of 21-3 Alex Theran.
“i am eager for internet hosting my first battle and recognize the entire help and love I’ve obtained from everyone,” Ramirez referred to. I need to supply particular thanks to FITE.television, El Tigre Promotions, Be Def sports, and the state of Texas for being awesome partners during this experience. I understand it’s been a protracted highway to come back, however I believe wonderful having full manage of my profession and being able to battle whenever, anywhere, and youngsters, I need. As all the time, I admire my trainers – Julian Chua, Joel Flores, and Chris Wong – holding me match considering my remaining fight and i feel more desirable than ever to step again in the ring. i’ll see you guys December 18th in Texas!”
World-rated heavyweight Michael “The Bounty” Hunter, of Las Vegas, will take on combat-validated veteran Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer” Welliver (57-13-5, 23 KOs), the former World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas champion.
Hunter is rated among the properly 10 in all four main sanctioning bodies — #four overseas Boxing Federation (IBF), #7 WBO, #10 WBC and World Boxing association – besides being ranked # 8 by using The Ring independent journal.
Hunter’s ultimate motion became a 12-circular split draw a yr in the past in Saudi Arabia with Alexander Povetkin (35-2), the previous world heavyweight champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist. A embellished U.S. novice boxer, Hunter’s lone loss as an expert become a 12-round unanimous choice in 2017 to another Olympic gold medalist (2012), defending champion Oleksandr Usyk (eleven-0), for the WBO World cruiserweight title.