Fighters featured on the DAZN stream on Saturday, May 14, light heavyweight Mexican boxing star Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (43-0, 29 KOs) of Mazatlán, Mexico, and former WBA Interim Light Heavyweight World Champion Dominic Boesel (32-2, 12 KOs) of Freyburg, Germany hosted a media workout today, Tuesday, May 10 to promote their upcoming 12-round clash. The event will also include the co-main event of the night, the undefeated William “El Camaron” Zepeda (25-0, 23 KOs), and John “Scrappy” Ramirez (9-0, 7 KOs), of Los Angeles, CA was onsite to show off they have been working on ahead of their scheduled fights.
Zepeda is set to face Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (32-11, 21 KOs) of Managua, NIC in a 10-round fight for the WBA Continental Americas Lightweight Title. Ramirez will face Jan Salvatierra (8-1, 4 KOs) of Cabo San Lucas, MX in an 8-round fight for the vacant NABA Super Flyweight Title. All bouts will stream live on DAZN on Saturday, May 14 at Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA.
Below are what the fighters had to say about their upcoming bouts. Please note, quotes have been edited for translation, context, and clarity.
GILBERTO “ZURDO” RAMIREZ, FORMER WORLD CHAMPION AND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER
“My team and I always watch videos on the rival and we strategize what we’re going to do to win. The hard training is over, we just have to lose the extra pounds. There’s going to be a lot of Mexican fans at the Toyota Arena so I’m really excited.”
“I think Bivol was just too much for Canelo. I am a little sad as a Mexican boxing fan. In a way I do have to get revenge since I represent Mexico as well.”
DOMINIC BOSEL, FORMER WBA INTERIM LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION:
“I’ve been in the US before but not as a fighter. I’ve been here for boxing matches. I know the atmosphere and I like it. I’m first on the ladder and Zurdo is right under me so it was a fight that had to happen. We’ll see what happens.”
WILLIAM “CAMARON” ZEPEDA, WBA CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION:
“It’s a great opportunity to show the people once again who Cameron is.We know we have an experienced and intelligent rival who wants to keep his name in boxing. We prepared very well for this fight. I still have that hunger to keep ascending the 135 division.”
JOHN “SCRAPPY” RAMIREZ, SUPER FLYWEIGHT CONTENDER:
“I’ve been very active. I know there’s always talk but i’m going to show you. I’ve been asking for this dude, he’s good. He lost two fights ago but now he has nothing to lose and has something to prove. That makes him a dangerous fighter. I’m looking to put on a show.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, GOLDEN BOY
“I saw a lot of potential in Zurdo and that’s why I signed him once he became a free agent. The vision is to beat Mayweather’s record. There are a lot of fights and opportunities for him. It’s just a matter of positioning Zurdo and forcing fighters to fight him. In the future I can see him make a title defense in his hometown.
GILBERTO ‘ZURDO’ RAMIREZ, LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER:
“I always want to put on a good show for the fans. There will be a lot of Mexican people, a lot of Latinos, a lot of boxing fans. I want to make a statement and get the winner from Canelo vs. Bivol, that’s the fight that I want and I need to pass through this guy first on May 14.”
“I am really confident in my self and in my training. I knew the fight was going to be in May, but not the date, but I like to be in shape. I am always training and am ready for these big opportunities. On May 14, I will be 44-0, 30KOs no losses. I am looking for the knockout.”
“Its a pleasure to work toe-to-toe with a living legend and the Golden Boy family has welcomed me with open arms, and I am very grateful for that. We have a great relationship in boxing but also outside the ring, they have treated me like family.”
“I am the best in this division and I will prove myself. I will give everyone a good show. I have been looking for the opportunity to fight the best because I know that I am the best. Here in LA there is a lot of Mexican people, a big community and I love them, and they love me too. The Hispanic community is great in LA that’s why Oscar likes to bring all the fighters here and it’s exciting.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF GOLDENBOY:
“[Zurdo] is 43-0 and he has the vision, the drive to become a world champion. He was Mexico’s first super middleweight champion, that is something we should never forget. To be 50-0 that is a goal that he has, it’s exciting to see him fight. May 14 will be another difficult fight for him, but that is what he is all about.”
“We possibly have two ‘fight of the year’ candidates with Zurdo and William Zepeda. William is a very exciting fighter he is undefeated, he is ready to take on the world. He is facing a tough durable in your face a lot of power a lot of action, it’s going to be one of those fight you will not want to miss.”
“I want to make sure that I keep boxing here in LA and I keep it strong and make it grow to give these young guys an opportunity. We have established champions like Zurdo, we have the young prospects that have dreams and that’s what I want to build off of. I used to be a young kid from East LA who had a dream and there are tons of kids who have that same dream. So we want to keep that alive.”
“One thing about Zurdo is that he comes out and fights. Anyone who has seen his last fights, it was one of those fights where you are the edge of your seat. Every single round is exciting, you never knew what was going to happen. He’s in great shape, he is always training, he is professional, and he wants to give everyone a good show. And the great thing is that he is going to be in a good position to fight the winner for Canelo vs. Bivol. So it took a while, but he worked hard and never gave up and the opportunity is right around the corner.”
Tickets for Zurdo vs Boesel are on sale now and are priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25 not including applicable service charges. Tickets will be available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com, Toyota-arena.com, Goldenboypromotions.com or the Toyota Arena box office Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Zurdo vs. Boesel is a 12-round light heavyweight fight for the WBA Light Heavyweight Final Eliminator presented by Golden Boy in association with Zurdo Promotions and SES Boxing. The event is sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and “BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” The fight will take place on Saturday, May 14, at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN worldwide.