According to Zona ESPN’s Fernando Barbosa, Gilberto Ramirez has an opponent for his light heavyweight debut on the April 12th Vasiliy Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla card: former title challenger Tommy Karpency.
There hasn’t been a full announcement yet, but Barbosa is a reputable source and BoxRec already has the fight listed.
Karpency (29-6-1, 18 KO) has made two title bids in the past, falling well short against Nathan Cleverly for the WBO belt and Adonis Stevenson for the WBC belt. His greatest accomplishment is a split decision over a shot Chad Dawson, which doesn’t quite make up for losses to Karo Murat, Andrzej Fonfara, and Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
His last three bouts saw him beat Marlon Hayes (15-fight losing streak coming in), Rubin Williams (27-fight losing streak), and Mickey Scarborough (9-fight losing streak). That said, he does has a win over a 12-44-2 guy named, and I swear I am not making this up, Mike McFail.
Ramirez (39-0, 25 KO) has been criticized for soft matchmaking, but this might be the worst yet. Even if he’s moving up in weight, an unbeaten champion should not be fighting a guy whose only credentials are losing to a bunch of solid fighters.