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GILBERTO RAMIREZ DEFEATED JESSE HART AGAIN TO RETAIN WBO TITLE

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 

Corpus Christi, Texas (December 15th, 2018)– By all ESPN commentator accounts, the rematch for the World Boxing Organization World Super Middleweight title was there for Jesse Hart to win. After an eleventh round in which the undefeated champion, Gilberto ‘Zerto’ Ramirez, spent the round covering on the ropes with an injured left elbow, Hart should have finished him. He did not.


Instead, Ramirez, 39-0 with 25 knockouts, Matzatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, showed heart, and showed Hart, coming out in the twelfth and final championship round, and threw everything he had. Fighting mostly with his right hand, but throwing his injured left hand in pain as well, Ramirez landed numerous right hand bombs and somehow pulled out a well-deserved majority decision. One judge had it a draw, and the other two judges had it 115-113 for Ramirez. Even if Hart had won the final round, he needed a knockdown to win. Otherwise, the two judges who had it for Ramirez would have scored the bout a draw anyway.


Ramirez felt he won the first seven rounds, and was winning until he injured his left elbow in the eighth round. Fighting through the pain from that point on, Ramirez actually landed over 100 more punches overall than Hart. The American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas, was still American soil, and Hart, 35-2 with 21 knockouts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, felt he won the bout anyway. Hart did not, as he was outboxed overall, but Hart might still get another crack at the WBO title as Ramirez indicated he intends to vacant his title to move up to the 175 pound light heavyweight weight class. If Saul Canelo Alvarez defeats Rocky Fielding for the WBA World Super Middleweight title as expected, Ramirez versus Alvarez could be an interesting all-Mexican war in 2019 if it comes to pass. Real Combat Media scored the bout 115-113 for Ramirez.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.