Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez Sees Tonight as “Final Exam”

Handsome dude, can crack, comes from Mexico, where you know they support their fighters. And he’s chill..

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, a super middle contender on the cusp, was kind enough to take a call from this pest only hours before he is to glove up, against Derek Edwards. Props for that professionalism and decency…

That tangle unfolds on a Top Rank show, portions of which will run on TruTV.

He goes by “Zurdo,” which means southpaw, which is what they called him in the gym before they learned his name. The Mazatlan, Mexico resident–he was born and bred there–took up fighting at age 12, and is in love with the sport.

Handsome kid, as I said, he has a son, for the record, but isn’t married to anyone, nor does he have a partner, so, there’s that…

Growing up, the 31-0 hitter loved watching Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, loved his style, and also Antonio Margarito, “the way he went forward. Also, Miguel Cotto, I like the way he boxes,” he told me, through translator Ricardo Jimenez.

Expectations are high, so I wonder, does he see himself as the next big pugilistic thing from Mexico? “I see this fight versus Edwards (27-4-1) as my final exam, to prove I’m ready for the big fights, title fights. A win opens a lot of doors.”

Yep, like a crack at the winner of the upcoming Robert Stieglitz-Arthur Abraham bout…

“But I need to win tonight (in Hidalgo, Texas) and not think about expectations. My prediction is this: my aim is to give fans a great show, a great fight and obviously win the fight. Please let the fans know this will be a very explosive fight, I hope they get to watch, and follow my career!”