MEXICO’S Gilberto Ramirez had been under the impression he would remain WBO super-middleweight champion while exploring his options as a 175-pound light-heavyweight.
However, there seems to have been a mistake, either on his part or on the part of the WBO, because earlier this week a vacant WBO super-middleweight title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Shefat Isufi was announced for April 13 in London.
This would mean Ramirez has in fact either relinquished or been stripped of his WBO title, thus making him a permanent resident in the light-heavyweight division. But Ramirez isn’t accepting the idea he has fled to a new weight class and dropped a belt he worked hard to obtain. Though he admits he is keen to fight at light-heavyweight, or at least give it a try in the short-term, he maintains he can still make super-middleweight and would happily do so if a unification – perhaps versus Britain’s Callum Smith – emerged as a possibility.