Former super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez was spectacular in his Golden Boy debut, dropping Sullivan Barrera thrice en route to a fourth round Knockout victory at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
Ramirez scored his first knockdown in the third and two more in the fourth prompting Barrera’s corner to throw in the towel at exactly 1:38 minute into the fourth round of the scheduled 12 round battle which served as the headlining bout of a DAZN televised card.
The first two rounds had a dull air around it, with both fighters feeling themselves out but that atmosphere was quickly blown away in the third round, when Ramirez connected a devastating left hook to Barrera’s body forcing him to turn round and take a knee, while wincing in pain.
Ramirez repeated that in the fourth round, connecting another huge body shot that sent Barrera back on his knees and after He beat the count finished him off with two shots to the head.
Ramirez was fighting for the first time in 27 months between which he parted ways with his former promotion Top Rank and signed a deal with Golden Boy Promotions in February.
The 39 year Old Barrera was actually in no class of his own but looked game and actually outlander the former champ with 43 punches and all were power punches as compared to Ramirez, who connected 30 shots with 21 power punches.
In his best years, Barrera had good wins over Joe Smith Jr., Karo Murat and Jeff Lacy, while his losses came from the hands off Andre Ward, Dmitry Bivol and Jesse Hart.