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Top Rank planning busy year for Gilberto Ramirez

Bob Arum wants to keep Gilberto Ramirez fighting in 2018.

Arthur Abraham v Gilberto Ramirez Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

If Gilberto Ramirez wins tonight’s fight with Habib Ahmed, Top Rank is planning a very busy year for the WBO super middleweight titleholder, with up to three more fights in the works.

ESPN has the full story, including a quote from Bob Arum where Ramirez is compared to Carlos Monzon, but here’s how it breaks down:

  • Ramirez wins tonight
  • Ramirez returns in May, with Rohan Murdock on the undercard
  • If both win, Ramirez faces Murdock in the fall in Australia
  • If Ramirez wins again, a potential December bout

All of this is very optimistic, and includes Ramirez (36-0, 24 KO) going to Australia to fight Rohan Murdock (21-1, 15 KO), a fringe contender who fights tonight against Frankie Filippone, and none of it mentions potentially fighting the World Boxing Super Series champion, which of course could be the December bout.

But it’s ambitious on paper, and at least the thought is there. Even the idea of a top fighter having four fights in a single calendar year in this day and age is pretty intriguing. Three would be plenty busy.

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