"Kill or be killed, yeah. That is the law of the neighbourhood. I wished to be a gangster, something...a hitman, a killer.
"There was danger all the time, you see fighting or killing. Or one guy fighting with a machete and another with a knife and that was normal."
Gilberto Ramirez explains how he escaped the dangerous streets of Sinaloa, Mexico in a fascinating interview with ESPN's Mark Kriegel.
On Saturday night, he defends his WBO World Super-Middleweight Title against unbeaten Colombian Roamer Alexis Angulo, live on BoxNation.
Watch ESPN's feature below: