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Zurdo Ramirez Now Features Aggressive Style, Sullivan Barrera Can Attest

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Zurdo Ramirez Now Features Aggressive Style, Sullivan Barrera Can Attest

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 9, 2021) – Mexican warrior Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (42-0, 28 KOs) scored a fourth-round knockout victory against Cuban contender Sullivan Barrera (22-4, 14 KOs) in his Golden Boy debut at Banc of California Stadium in a spectacular bout that was streamed live on DAZN. Zurdo ended matters at 1:38 of the aforementioned round.

“I think my performance was great,” said Zurdo Ramirez. “I was training for the body shot. And I think it was beautiful. At 175 pounds, everyone saw a better Zurdo Ramirez. This is my division. I’m going to take the souls of all the champions in the 175-pound division.”

Joseph Diaz Jr. (32-1-1, 15 KOs) of South El Monte, California captured the WBC Interim Lightweight World Championship by defeating Dominican former two-division world champion Javier Fortuna (36-3-1, 25 KOs) via unanimous decision in the co-main event.

“Javier Fortuna was a warrior,” said Joseph Diaz Jr. “I thought I would easily land body shots, but he’s a slick defensive fighter. He’s very talented. I wish him the best, and I hope he continues. When I saw the cut, I had hoped that it wasn’t as bad as the Tevin Farmer fight. It wasn’t, so I just dictated the pace from then on. I can fight all the big names, Ryan Garcia or Tevin Farmer.”

Seniesa Estrada (21-0, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles, California captured the WBO Light Flyweight World Title by scoring a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Japanese warrior Tenkai Tsunami (28-13-1, 16 KOs).

William Zepeda (23-0, 21 KOs) of San Mateo Atenco scored a stoppage victory against Hector Tanajara (19-1, 5 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas in a scheduled 10-round lightweight bout. Zepeda punished Tanajara for several rounds, forcing Tanajara’s corner to stop the fight after the sixth round.

Naoko Fujioka (19-2-1, 7 KOs) of Tokyo, Japan defended her WBA Flyweight World Championship by scoring a 10-round majority decision win against Mexican contender Sulem Urbina (12-2, 2 KOs). One judge scored it a 95-95 draw, which was overturned by scores of 99-91 and 96-94.

Lamont Roach Jr. (21-1-1, 8 KOs) of Washington, DC scored a second-round body-shot knockout victory against Daniel Rosas (21-4-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round super featherweight battle.

Armenian contender Azat Hovhannisyan (20-3, 16 KOs) scored a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Jose Gonzalez (23-9-1, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Hovhannisyan won with scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91.

Mihai Nistor (3-0, 3 KOs) of Bucharest, Romania scored a come-from-behind knockout victory against Colby Madison (9-3-2,6 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland in a heavyweight bout originally scheduled for eight rounds.

Starling Castillo (15-0, 12 KOs) of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic scored a second-round knockout win against

Miguel Contreras (11-0, 6 KOs) of Bakersfield, California in a scheduled eight-round super lightweight fight. Gregory Morales (13-0, 8 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas scored a unanimous decision victory against Rodrigo Guerrero (26-12-2, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in an eight-round featherweight bout. Morales won with scores of 59-55.

Miguel Gaona (1-0) made his professional debut by defeating Gilberto Aguilar (0-2) of Mexico City, Mexico via unanimous decision across four rounds of lightweight action. Gaona won with three scores of 39-37. Zurdo vs. Barrera was a 12-round special attraction in the light heavyweight division presented by Golden Boy in association with Zurdo Promotions.

Diaz Jr. vs. Fortuna was a 12-round battle for the vacant WBC Interim Lightweight Championship presented by Golden Boy in association with Sampson Boxing. The event was sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and “BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” The fight took place on Friday, July 9 at Banc of California Stadium in Downtown Los Angeles and was streamed live on DAZN.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.