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Gilberto Ramirez, Oscar Valdez pick up wins on HBO Latino

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Gilberto Ramirez and Oscar Valdez kept marching forward with wins tonight at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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Super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez stayed unbeaten tonight with a stoppage of veteran Fulgencio Zuniga, putting the Colombian power puncher away at 2:20 of round eight. The fight was scheduled for 10.

Ramirez (30-0, 24 KO) dominated the fight with ease, as he towered over Zuniga (27-10-1, 24 KO) and landed a total of 259 punches to just 67 for Zuniga, including a 57-8 jab advantage and a 202-59 power punch difference. It was a totally one-sided fight, and credit to Ramirez, 23, who made it look easy against a durable opponent.

Ramirez may be ready for a step up to world level within his next couple of fights, and 2015 could be his true breakout year. He's a big, talented super middleweight, a southpaw with power in both hands, and a nice amount of attention paid to the body. When he gets momentum, he can do some real damage, and with maybe one or two more tune-ups, if that, he could be a handful for anyone at 168.

Olympian Oscar Valdez continued his wrecking ball young career, stopping Alberto Garza in the seventh round of a scheduled eight-round fight. Valdez (13-0, 12 KO) forced the referee's hand as he battered Garza (26-9-1, 21 KO). The 23-year-old from Sonora, Mexico, has been excellent thus far as a pro, and is delivering on the pro-style promise he showed in London.

Undercard

  • Ivan Najera UD-8 Luis Cervantes (77-75, 78-74, 79-73). Najera 15-0 (8), Cervantes 7-9-3 (2).
  • Casey Ramos UD-8 Manuel Rojas (80-72, 80-72, 79-73). Ramos 19-0 (5), Rojas 9-2 (2).