Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN completed the yr by internet hosting an occasion in San Antonio, Texas’ AT&T Stadium, house of the San Antonio Spurs. It was there that Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (43-0) scored a tenth-round TKO victory over the powerful Yunieski Gonzalez (21-4).
These two mild heavies didn’t hesitate and began the primary spherical throwing heavy leather-based. The Mexican Ramirez was trying good and dictating the tempo from the beginning. Things appeared like they have been going his manner till Gonzalez, from Cuba, landed a straight proper hand that rocked Ramirez.
Suddenly, Gonzalez had Ramirez back-peddling, which raised some eyebrows inside the area. Ramirez appeared to get his legs again on the finish of the spherical.
Gonzalez slowed down drastically within the second spherical, and “Zurdo” picked up on it. The proper uppercut was touchdown clear whereas the left hook to the physique was inflicting injury. The proper jab by Ramirez was the punch that set all of it up from the start of the spherical.
Moving on to the third spherical, Ramirez pivoted nice and used his toes properly whereas spinning Gonzalez at completely different moments. A degree was deducted from Gonzalez for holding, however he landed a giant proper hand that rocked Ramirez on the finish of the spherical.
The fourth spherical had everybody on social media speaking as Ramirez landed a left hook that appeared prefer it was the start of the top for Gonzalez. The humorous factor was that Gonzalez moved ahead whereas being harm and landed a straight proper hand which buzzed Ramirez. Both males went backwards and forwards to the sound of the bell.
The motion slowed down significantly in rounds 5 by means of seven as Zurdo appeared to manage the struggle by dominating with the correct jab and preserving the gap far sufficient to keep away from Gonzalez’s huge pictures.
In rounds eight and 9, Ramirez discovered the correct angles to land his pictures whereas additionally specializing in the physique as directed by his nook. You might see that Gonzalez was a flurry away from being stopped, and that’s what occurred in spherical ten.
Ramirez felt the top was close to, so he elevated his punch output and landed flurries till the referee jumped in and stopped the struggle as Gonzalez wasn’t throwing any punches.
Seniesa Estrada produces knockout of the yr candidate
Coming into struggle week, WBA Minimumweight Champion Seniesa Estrada (21-0) spoke to NYF about her struggle tonight and future unification.
Some ready-made plans are likely to get spoiled, so everybody tuned in to see what would occur.
From the very begin, “Super Bad’s” opponent Maria Santizo (9-0) was within the struggle and throwing huge pictures proper there with the champion Estrada. It was a firefight, however within the third spherical, a crushing left hook landed and despatched Santizo to the canvas for the struggle’s first knockdown.
Santizo stood up and was met with a giant proper hand that despatched her stumbling throughout the ring.
After a giant spherical three, Estrada went proper again on the market in spherical 4, switched to southpaw, and landed an overhand left that knocked down Santizo and led to the referee calling the struggle. Seniesa Estrada scored a fourth-round knockout which is able to most likely go viral by the morning.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 19, 2021
Lamont Roach Jr. impresses in San Antonio.
It appeared as if this struggle had lots driving on it for Lamont Roach Jr’s (21-1-1) profession prospects with Golden Boy Promotions. The firm wanted to see one thing from Roach Jr., and he certainly got here by means of with a stable efficiency.
The 33 year-old Rene Alvarado (32-10) was undoubtedly recreation tonight, however it simply wasn’t sufficient. Roach Jr. was affected person and made his punches rely. He stored turning Alvarado all evening, which arrange some huge counter left hooks.
In the fifth spherical, Roach Jr. stored touchdown some clear proper fingers, however Alvarado stored bringing the stress.
In the center to late rounds, Alvarado closed the gap, and there have been some huge bombs landed by each males. All three judges had it for Lamont Roach Jr., scoring 100-90, 98-92, and 98-92.
After the struggle, Roach Jr. spoke about his victory and future. “I feel good about this victory. I just beat a man who was a world champion two fights ago. This is the type of victory that I need to show that I am ready for a world title fight. Rene Alvarado is a warrior, a tough guy who I couldn’t knockdown, but I feel we did our job today. I want the champion next, Roger Gutierrez.” NOTE: Gutierrez defeated Rene in January and August of 2021, every time by UD12.
Marlen Esparza dominates
When Anabel Ortiz (31-4) walked into the ring tonight, it was because the challenger and never the long-time Minimumweight Champion.
Ortiz moved up two weight courses to problem the WBC Flyweight Champion Marlen Esparza (10-1), and the load distinction confirmed on this one.
Esparza dictated the tempo from the beginning by pumping that left jab and following it up with the overhand proper. Esparza was given a knockdown within the second and fourth rounds, clearly from a push and never a punch.
Ortiz was by no means capable of get going, and the scale distinction was simply an excessive amount of. It went to the judges, and so they noticed this one 100-88, 95-94, and 99-90, all for the WBC Flyweight Champion Marlen Esparza.
Esparza had this to say about her struggle tonight: “My performance was good considering I just came back after contracting Covid-19. I wanted to see what it would feel like to come back, and I can say that there is some fatigue. We knew she was a counter puncher, so we were prepared for it, but I can feel a little of the fatigue. Now that is all over, and I know what it feels to come back, I want all the belts. I want Naoko Fujioka from Japan and just unify this division.”
My Three Cents:
Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez gave the kind of efficiency to make followers tune into his fights. If the rumors are true and we get the Dmitry Bivol (19-0) struggle subsequent, it is going to be one of many extra anticipated fights in 2022.
Speaking of performances, I believe everybody is able to see extra of Seniesa Estrada. Her sensational knockout victory can be on social media feeds for the subsequent few days.
If you’re Golden Boy Promotions, you’re thrilled with how this yr ended for the corporate. Let’s hope that momentum bleeds over to the brand new yr.