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Bob Arum: Ramirez ‘would mop the floor with’ Chavez Jr.


Super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez’s dream fight would be against Mexican countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., whose father, a champion and Hall-of-Famer, is Ramirez’s idol.

Each of the fighters is a resident of Sinaloa, Mexico, separated by approximately two hours driving distance. Ramirez, 23, is from Mazatlán, and Chavez, 28, from Culiacan.

So a fight between Chavez Jr. and Ramirez would be huge and Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum said he would be “happy” to make it happen.

“You know, I would love to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In that fight, I think that you would see a war,” said Ramirez of Chavez Jr., a former WBC middleweight titleholder. “I think that our styles are perfect for each other and no one would be disappointed in it. I think that the guy who would win it is going to be the guy who is better prepared and in better shape. That would be 12 rounds of hell for the both of us and you know I’m going to win.”

Arum is much less subtle than Ramirez regarding whom he believes would emerge victorious.

“They come from the same province in Mexico,” said Arum of Ramirez and Chavez, the latter of whom has competed recently as a super middleweight. “Chavez, in a million years, wouldn’t fight this guy. Ramirez would mop the floor with him. You can put that on the record.”

A southpaw, Ramirez (29-0, 23 knockouts) will face rugged Fulgencio Zuniga (27-9-1, 24 KOs) on Nov. 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on HBO Latino.

Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KOs), meanwhile, is coming off a 168-pound unanimous decision over Bryan Vera in March, having won their previous bout by controversial unanimous decision in September 2013. Chavez-Vera I happened in California at a 173-pound catchweight because Chavez was not able to make the originally contracted limit.

Prior to facing Vera, Chavez was dethroned as WBC middleweight titleholder following a unanimous decision loss to Sergio Martinez, who was floored in the final round of their fight in September 2012.

Although he has been at odds with Chavez and the boxer’s manager, Billy Keane, over contractual issues, Arum insists that his contract is valid.

“Our position is and our lawyers tell us that we still have one more fight with [Chavez],” said Arum, “and I’m happy to make that one fight be against Ramirez.”