Gilberto Ramirez's win over Jesse Hart last year was a stormer that had BoxNation subscribers on the edge of their seats.
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Now Mexican Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) defends his WBO World Super-Middleweight Title in a rematch against his American rival at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday 14th December.
In their first dramatic fight Hart (25-1, 21 KOs) looked finished in round two when he was floored but staged a furious late rally before dropping a points verdict that he disputes.
He has been screaming for a rematch and promoter Bob Arum has granted his wish and the big fight’s British home will be the Channel of Champions.
Ramirez has been calling out Canelo Alvarez, but knows coming unstuck in his fifth defence will shatter those ambitions.
“This will be a good fight. I feel better prepared than the first time and even more convinced that I will finish him,” Ramirez said.
“I’ve always said that I wanted to be the king of the division. I’ve been waiting for unification fights, and I’m still patient. I’m at my best, and against Hart, I want to show why I’m the best.”
Hart added: “I have nothing derogatory to say about Gilberto Ramirez. At this point, I just want to go out there and perform.”
Ramirez, the first Mexican-born Super-Middleweight World Champion, will be defending the title he won from Arthur Abraham in April 2016.
A hand injury halted his progress for 12 months, but on his return he had no problem with Max Bursak winning easily on points. He has been a regular on BoxNation and in June we saw him use his skills to outbox Roamer Alexis Angulo.
Hart (25-1, 21 KOs), the WBO no. 1 contender, is a former amateur standout, winning the 2011 National Golden Gloves and U.S. National Championships at 165 pounds. He turned pro in 2012 and won his first 22 bouts prior to challenging Ramirez.
He last boxed in August battering Mike Gavronski en route to a third-round stoppage, after more than a year of calling out Ramirez for a return match. Now he has his shot at redemption.
Philadelphia’s Hart is the son of Eugene 'Cyclone' Hart, a feared Middleweight contender in the 1970s who never received a World Title shot. With Father Eugene in his corner as head trainer, Jesse Hart will seek to bring a World Title home to the City of Brotherly Love.