Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez came into tonight’s light heavyweight fight with Tommy Karpency still hanging on to his WBO super middleweight title, just in case.
But after stopping Karpency after four rounds, it sounds like Ramirez (40-0, 26 KO) will be staying at 175.
Ramirez pretty well dominated the veteran Karpency (29-7-1, 18 KO), and Karpency quit after the fourth round, saying it felt like Ramirez had broken his ribs with a body shot. The 27-year-old Mexican fighter did attack the body nicely, and looked pretty good at the new weight.
Ramirez also reportedly came into the ring tonight at 196 pounds, and struggled to make 175.
“He’s equal to the guys I’ve fought,” said Karpency, who in the past has faced Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Adonis Stevenson. “No better, no worse. Hats off to him for landing a great body shot.”
Ramirez said he felt good at the weight.
“I feel a lot of power. I feel that I’m more comfortable at 175,” he told Crystina Poncher after the fight.
Asked if he had any specific targets going forward, he said only that he wants to win more world titles and become a top pound-for-pound fighter.
Statistically, Ramirez completely dominated each other, and landed 83 of 316 (26%) of his total punches, and 69 of 211 (33%) power shots. He landed 30 body shots. Karpency connected on just 25 of 169 (15%) total punches, and 19 of 98 (19%) power shots.