July 19, 2014: Gilberto Ramirez leaves a fallen Junior Talipeau behind on his way to a first-round stoppage in Macau. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
Gilberto Ramirez served notice to the super middleweight division with an impressive first-round stoppage over Junior Talipeau on July 19 at the grandiose Cotai Arena in Macau.
“It was a good opportunity to participate on a HBO card,” Ramirez told RingTV.com from Macau a few hours after his win. “It was my opportunity to prove myself to the network.”
It’s still early, but Ramirez craves a fight with fellow Sinaloa, Mexico, native Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Whether or not that happens, with performances like the one in Macau a meeting with a top 168-pounder may not be far away.
Gilberto Ramirez – I believe it was a good fight. He had a good record and came to win to be in the top 10 of the rankings, but I prepared really well and was sure I was gonna win. I prepared really well for Talipeau. I felt strong and with speed. I was prepared for 10 rounds. Top Rank is very happy with us, we’re gonna sit with them and talk to see what is next.
GR – It was a good opportunity to participate on a HBO card. It was my opportunity to prove myself to the network. Macau is becoming a great market nowadays for boxing. So I’m very excited.
GR – I prepared 100 percent in that fight like always, I gained good experience and I was very confident of my power punches. It was a good learning [experience] for me.
GR – It has been a good experience and [a] learning one for me, totally different than the gyms in Mexico because of the good sparring sessions here. I’ve been sparring different styles and that makes me more secure in the ring.
GR – Yes, it really helped my development as a fighter as I’m becoming stronger and sharper.
AW – Though you have fought above 160 pounds before, the Lorenzo fight was your first official one as a super middleweight. How did stepping up in weight help you?
GR – I felt great. Stronger and faster.
GR – I believe all of them are great fighters and with talent. I would love to fight all of them.
GR – I would love to be a world champion in 168 pounds and 175 pounds. I want to make history in boxing.