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Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez remains undefeated at Glendale Glory 4

Boxing: In United States debut, Ramirez takes unanimous decision victory to improve to 26-0 in Glendale Glory 4.

August 24, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Boxing fans cheer during the action at Glendale Glory 4 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.
Boxing fans cheer during the action at Glendale Glory… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

GLENDALE – As debuts go, super middleweight boxer Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez enjoyed a double victory in the headline fight at Glendale Glory 4 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Saturday evening.

The 21-year-old fighter made his United States and Top Rank Boxing debut a memorable one even if his bout likely wouldn’t classify as such, as he had no problems in defeating journeyman Derrick Findley in a 10-round unanimous decision.

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All three judges scored the fight exactly the same at 100-90.

“I’m satisfied with the win, but there were errors and my trainers and I are going to look over what we did wrong and improve,” said Ramirez, who improved to 26-0.

There were some questions as to how Ramirez would perform since he dropped six pounds and one weight class, from middleweight, to fight.

Yet, perhaps it’s fair to say Ramirez was hardly challenged by the 29-year-old Findley (20-11), as the 5-foot-6 brawler had difficulty overcoming the size gap with the 6-2 1/2 Ramirez.

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Other than a mid-round flurry in the third for Findley and a few productive counterpunches in the 10th, Findley appeared little more than a punching bag at times

In fact, Findley threw two punches each in the eighth and ninth rounds, much to the chagrin of a crowd not shy about dishing out catcalls toward the Gary, ID fighter dubbed “Superman.”

When Findley did connect in the 10th, he flustered Ramirez as the Mexican national slipped and hit the canvas.

However, the majority of the fight involved a series of menacing jabs from Ramirez, who bloodied Findley’s nose in the third round and had him on the ropes most of the night.

“It really wasn’t a big sacrifice or difficulty changing weights,” Ramirez said. “I’m still eating well, eating rice and pasta, eating four times a day.”

Ramirez’s win was one of two guaranteed fights televised on Unimas, with a six-round bantamweight bout between San Pedro’s Isaac Zarate and Oxnard’s Erik Ruiz also on tap.

The bout provided one of the night’s thrills as Zarate (6-1) delivered a stunning upset, knocking Ruiz, who is trained by Robert Garcia, from the ranks of the unbeaten (9-1) with a majority decision.

The judges scored the fight 57-57, 60-54, and 58-56 for Zarate, who appeared to be pummeled in the second and third rounds. The Glendale News-Press scored the fight 57-57.

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