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14 NOVEMBER 2018

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 Ramirez Gets Knockout Win in San Antonio

By Marc Livitz at ringside: Gilberto "El Zurdo" Ramirez scored an eighth round TKO win this evening over Fulgencio Zuniga in a contest for the WBO and NABF super middleweight titles at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.


The Mexico versus Colombia fight began with Ramirez taking full advantage of the difference in height (4.5 inches) as well as reach (7 inches) between he and Zuniga. The Mazatlan, Sinaloa, MX boxer used his right jab effectively and consistently followed up with shots in close. He wobbled his Barranquilla foe midway through the period.


Fulgencio had to crouch down as he tried to get in close proximity to Gilberto and found himself on the latter end of straight rights and left uppercuts. He was slowly losing his power as Ramirez kept his workmanlike pace going at full speed. Rights to the head made way for meaningful lefts; just one after another. Zuniga somehow made it out of round two.


Gilberto Ramirez continued to pile on the damage in the third. He landed shot after shot, almost like clockwork to the head of Fulgencio Zuniga. This pattern wore on into round four. The pace did however slow a bit. Perhaps Ramirez has beginning to feel a bit of fatigue set in, which was understandable for an individual whose reach greatly surpassed his height. His energy level did return in the fifth and he was getting closer and closer to closing the show, or so it appeared. For several moments in the round, the two men fought toe to toe and almost shoulder to shoulder.


Zuniga showed flashes in the sixth, yet he had little gusto to accompany them. Ramirez connected with a 1-2-3 combination to the body and head of Fulgencio, however his Colombian counterpart refused to back down. The two went back to work immediately after the bell sounded to start period seven. Zuniga answered each time Ramirez got his attention. Towards the end of the round, Gilberto managed to get him into a corner, but he found the Barranquilla native difficult to hit flush. On the bout went to round eight.


Just inside the initial minute of the eighth and as so many times before, Ramirez backed Zuniga into a a corner and fired away, yet as before he didn’t close the deal. That would have to wait about thirty seconds and in an opposite corner. Successive blows landed on the head of Zuniga, who at last was showing the affects. Referee Lee Rogers halted the action with forty seconds to spare in round eight. "La Nueva Sensacion del Boxeo Mexicano", Gilberto "El Zurdo" Rodriguez retained his respective middleweight titles and earned win number thirty against no defeats (30-0, 24 KO’s), while the durable Fulgencio Zuniga fell to (27-10-1, 24 KO’s).


Co-Main Event - Valdez KO’s Garza in Seven

Garza connected early with a straight right up top and sought to dictate the pace early, yet Valdez returned the favor shortly thereafter and forced his adversary to use the ring more. The purely Mexico fight turned into a case of puncher versus counter puncher by round’s end. Oddly enough, each man was changing identities with the other. The second was much of the same. Valdez controlled the corners and ropes while Garza sought to push the action to ring’s center.


Oscar’s left jab was firing away as round three was underway. He used this to great advantage for successive power shots upstairs. Throughout the period, Alberto was finding that his head and body were both getting equally tattooed. Valdez remained the clear aggressor in round four. He was landing his usual jabs and follow up shots as well as doing so ever closer and closer. Body work was followed quickly by squarely placed shots to the chin and face. The fifth continued to tell the same tale. Oscar Valdez was in complete control and using his superior footwork to allow him to pivot and fire. Alberto Garza remained alert and sought to keep the bout competitive.


The opening moments of round six offered Garza’s best moments so far in the contest. The man from Mexico City was much on the offensive and landed a few glancing blows. It appeared for just a brief moment that he’d scored a knockdown on his Nogales, MX opponent, however it was ruled a slip by the referee. This seemed to ignite Valdez, who then punished Garza for the last few moments of the sixth by way of more clearly placed head shots.


Round seven would be when the bell would toll for Alberto Garza. He quickly lost his ability to answer the thudding head shots he was taking from Oscar Valdez and he soon found himself against the ropes. After several unanswered shots both high and low, referee Lee Rogers stepped in at the 1:29 mark and halted the bout. Oscar Valdez remains unbeaten at (13-0, 12 KO’s) with a seventh round TKO, while Alberto Garza fell to (26-9-1, 21 KO’s).


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