OB­SCURE OP­PO­NENT

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MEX­I­CAN south­paw Gil­berto Ramirez, 37-0 (25), has made three suc­cess­ful de­fences of his WBO su­per­mid­dleweight ti­tle since im­pres­sively de­thron­ing re­spected vet­eran Arthur Abra­ham via unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in April 2016. Un­for­tu­nately, only one of these wins have come against a wor­thy ad­ver­sary – the touted Jesse Hart, whom he unan­i­mously outscored nine months ago. This Satur­day (June 30), on a Top Rank show at the Ch­e­sa­peake En­ergy Arena in Ok­la­homa City, the 27-yearold cham­pion puts his belt on the line against another un­de­serv­ing chal­lenger in the shape of Bogota, Colom­bia’s Roamer Alexis An­gulo, 34 (Box­na­tion tele­vise in the UK, while ESPN screen in the US). The well­trav­elled WBO No. 10 may have an im­pos­in­glook­ing 23-0 (20) record, but his level of op­po­si­tion has been largely poor. Ex­pect Mazat­lan’s tall and tal­ented Ramirez to con­trol pro­ceed­ings with his strong jab and ef­fec­tive one-twos, be­fore end­ing mat­ters in­side the dis­tance.

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