The highly anticipated clash between popular fighters Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Joe Smith Jr took place on Saturday night at the renowned Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Both fighters were determined to prove their worth in a WBA cruiserweight title eliminator, as their careers had recently hit a slump. Set to be a thrilling 12-round bout, the fight served as the main event of a DAZN broadcast.
Right from the start, Joe Smith Jr exhibited his aggressive nature and landed well in the opening round. On the other hand, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez chose to employ a mostly defensive strategy, defensively countering with good shots of his own. As the second round unfolded, Zurdo showcased exceptional movement, frustrating his hard-hitting opponent. His attack remained persistent, while effectively evading Smith’s advances.
While Smith managed to find some success in the third round, it was clear that Zurdo was willing to trade blows. The fourth round saw Zurdo patiently selecting his shots, leaving Smith flummoxed and unsure of his next move. A powerful straight right from Zurdo in the fifth round confirmed his dominance, despite Smith’s relentless aggression throughout the round.
Zurdo’s Fluidity and Smith’s Struggles
Once again, Zurdo’s fluidity and control were evident in the sixth round. Smith found himself consistently missing his targets, while Zurdo skillfully slipped away when caught on the ropes. Both fighters engaged in an exhilarating exchange towards the end of the seventh round, showcasing their determination and skill.
The eighth round proved to be a thrilling affair, with both Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Joe Smith Jr showcasing their best performances. As the fight progressed into the ninth round, Smith managed to land some powerful blows, visibly affecting Zurdo. However, Zurdo retaliated with a straight shot to Smith’s face, proving his resilience.
Zurdo Emerges Victorious
Entering the final chapter, Ramirez once again asserted his control, delivering punishing body shots that seemed to hurt Smith. Despite the pain, Smith showed remarkable resilience, continuing to fight until the very end. Ultimately, the night belonged to Zurdo, who emerged victorious with a unanimous decision win, as decided by the judges.
The battle between Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Joe Smith Jr was an intense matchup that left fans on the edge of their seats. Zurdo’s defensive tactics, fluid movements, and strategic precision allowed him to establish control over the fight. Despite Smith’s aggressive nature, he struggled to find his rhythm against Zurdo’s calculated approach. With this win, Zurdo has proven that he still possesses the skill and determination to come out on top. As for Smith, this defeat serves as a setback, but it also presents an opportunity for growth and improvement in his future fights.