Gilberto Ramirez wasn't spectacular tonight, but did his job against Gevorg Khatchikian, winning a wide 10-round decision on scores of 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91. BLH scored the fight a shutout, 100-90, in Ramirez's favor, and he may be in line for a WBO title shot in his next fight.
As far as the belt goes, Arthur Abraham will defend tomorrow in Germany against Martin Murray, and there's also been talk of a potential Abraham-Bernard Hopkins fight in early 2016 if all goes well for Abraham's side. But Ramirez (33-0, 24 KO) is knocking on the door, and could be named mandatory challenger.
"We came to win and get the victory, that's what we did. All the hard work paid off with the win," Ramirez said through an interpreter. Asked about a possible fight with the Abraham-Murray WBO title fight winner, Ramirez said he's "ready."
Ramirez, 24, was able to control the fight throughout, though Khatchikian (23-2, 11 KO) did get in shots here and there that caught him off-guard, and even wobbled him a couple of times. But Ramirez was never in any serious trouble, and his activity and pressure kept him in the lead all night.
In the co-feature, Saul Rodriguez (19-0-1, 14 KO) smashed Ivan Najera (16-2, 8 KO) in just over two minutes in a meeting of lightweight prospects. It's worth noting that in his last fight, Najera went a full 10 with blue chipper Felix Verdejo, so this was an impressive showing for Rodriguez, who dropped Najera and battered him. In just 2:06, he left Najera looking like he'd just gone through a 12-round war.