THE Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley undercard for their April 9 bout were all in attendance at Fortune’s Gym on Tuesday (March 22) afternoon for a media day workout which included, Evgeny Gradovich, Jose Ramirez, Oscar Valdez, and Gilberto Ramirez.
Top Rank’s Hall of Fame promoter was also there to support his fighters, and labeled his undercard “No Trump undercard” promoted by Top Rank which will be aired on PPV live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.
WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham of Berlin, Germany, will defend his world title against undefeated contender with the matinee idol looks and mandatory challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mazatlan, Mexico, in the co-main event.
The undercard will also feature undefeated No. 1 WBO featherweight contender Valdez of Nogales, Mexico, defending his NABO featherweight title against former IBF featherweight belt-holder Gradovich.
The pay-per-view telecast will open with Jose Ramirez of Avenal, California, risking his undefeated recordagainst seasoned veteran Manny Perez of Denver, CO.
“Fighting in Las Vegas on the biggest stage of them all is a dream come true for me, and sharing the spotlight with Manny Pacquiao, a true legend of the ring, makes this opportunity even sweeter,” said Abraham. “I have all the motivation I need including the challenge of a young hungry fighter in Gilberto Ramirez. I respect Ramirez and see him as one of the toughest challenges in my career, but I will not be denied a victory in my U.S. breakout fight, and believe my experience will prove too much for him. I promise to deliver a great fight for the American fans, and with another successful defense of my title I will pave the way for a great pay-per-view event and leave the fans screaming for more!”
“I am very happy to finally get my first opportunity to fight for a world title,” said Gilberto Ramirez. “I have worked very hard to get to this point and will work even harder to win the world championship on April 9. I am going up against a great champion and that is why I will prepare myself like I never have before for a fight.”
“I am happy to fight on April 9, I have a difficult opponent on that night but the plan is to get a win and get myself closer to that world title shot that I hunger for,” said Valdez.
“This is going to be an exciting great battle,” said Gradovich. “Óscar Valdez is a very good fighter and I look forward to getting into the ring against him on such a big card with Manny Pacquiao against Tim Bradley in the main event on April 9.”
“I’m excited and honored and feel blessed for this opportunity for myself and my team on one of boxing’s biggest stages,” said Jose Ramírez. “I will be ready for the fans worldwide and I want thank to my manager Rick Mirigian for getting it done.”
“I am very excited for this opportunity from Top Rank. It’s a dream come true to be able to showcase my abilities on such a main stage,” said Perez. “I promise boxing fans I will be 100% ready for the matchup with Jose. I’m ready to show the world who I am.”
“On April 9 we will be presenting three of the top fighters in the world today engaging in significant bouts. All three are of Mexican origin and represent the future of the sport of boxing.
“Jose Ramírez, a star from the Central Valley in California, will box in his first 10-round bout. He is immensely popular in the Central Valley area and is a tremendous attraction at the gate.
“Óscar Valdez, a two-time Mexican Olympian, is considered to be one of the finest fighters in the world. He is in a crossroads fight against former world champion Evgeny Gradovich which will be a true test.
“Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, the No. 1 super middleweight contender in the world, will fight against long-time champion Arthur Abraham. Gilberto is on a quest to become the first Mexican to win a world championship in this weight division.
“These three fights are all action, complementing the Pacquiao vs Bradley main event which should also be a tremendous battle,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.
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