By Mike Smith: WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) will be defending his title this Friday night in a rematch against #1 WBO mandatory Jesse Hart (25-1, 21 KOs) in a rematch on December 14 on ESPN+ at the American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas. The undercard starts at 6:30 p.m. ET. This is rematch between these two Top Rank fighters of their exciting fight from last year in September 2017, which was won by Ramirez by a narrow 12 round unanimous decision.
It’s key for Ramirez to avoid leaning forward so much, as Hart was able to hit him with a lot of big head-snapping uppercuts last year in their fight on September 22 at the Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona. Hart is in love with uppercuts. That’s his favorite punch by far in his arsenal, and Ramirez is just made for Hart’s uppercuts. Hart didn’t miss an uppercut all night long against Ramirez last year. The only thing that limited Hart’s ability to land his uppercuts was the constant incoming from Ramirez. He threw so many punches that Hart rarely had time enough to load up on his uppercuts.
It seemed like each time Hart was getting ready to throw one of his uppercuts, Ramirez would belt him in the head with a three-punch combination. Ramirez was putting his shots together beautifully. Other fighters could lean from watching Ramirez in how to throw combinations. He’s very good at it. Towards the end of the fight, Ramirez wore Hart down with his nonstop punching. Hart was both tired and just beaten up from the many shots that he was getting hit with by Ramirez. If Ramirez fights like that again this Friday, it’ll be hard for Hart to be able to stay in there for the full 12 rounds without getting knocked out. Ramirez isn’t the biggest puncher, but he makes up for it by throwing so many shots.
The scores were 115-112, 114-113 and 115-112. Hard, 29, was knocked down in round 2, but he came back to hurt Ramirez on a couple of occasions with big uppercuts to the head. Ramirez was able to outwork Hart, and beat him with a high volume punch attack. Hart possessed the superior punching power, but Ramirez never let up with his constant incoming. Ramirez couldn’t match Hart in terms of his punching power, but he did a great job of beating him by throwing many more punches.