Former Super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez made a big return to the boxing ring with a knockout victory over Super middleweight contender Sullivan Barrera on Friday Night at the Banc of California stadium in Los Angeles.
The fight was his first appearance since making a switch from Top Rank to Golden Boy Promotions back in February and this was also his first appearance in 27 months. The 39 year old veteran Barrera looked reaped and ready for the fight but was way out of his league as his days as a top light heavyweight contender had since been gone. However, the fight was a huge introduction into the division and a demo on the power former titlist brings along with him to the new division.
There wasn’t much action in the first two rounds of the fight as both fighter preferred engaging in their extended feel out period and then Boom Ramirez opened the third with more action attacking the veteran with intent and eventually sent Barrera one knee to the canvas with a vicious left hook to the body. Barrera was able to beat the count and eventually survived the round.
The fight from then on shifted in favor of Ramirez, who saw that as the beginning of the end and attacked Barrera with another vicious left hook that sent again one knee to the canvas and this time, a little longer while he tried recovering from the pain. Ramirez finished the show off with a combination to the head of Barrera, which forced the Veterans corner to throw in the towel.