By James K. Attaglo Wilson|

The best super middleweight champion in the world – Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez will be seeking to defend his WBO crown tonight as he goes toe-to-toe with Jesse Hart at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Ramirez [38-0, 25 KO], a great architect in the ring began the year [2018] in a great fashion, scoring a remarkable sixth-round knockout over hard hitting Ghanaian Habib Ahmed.

The 27yr old Mexican went on to beat Roamer Alexis Angulo over the full 12-round distance in July and looking for a unification fight in 2019 but would have to first climb Hart’s hurdle.

Hart, 29, is no stranger to Gilberto Ramirez, having met him in 2017.

The fight between the two could best be described as a night of equal halves with Ramirez dominating the first six round whereas the Philadelphian [Jesse Hart] came back strongly from the seventh round till the sound of the last bell but in the end the score cards read; 114-113 and 115-112 [twice] in favour of Gilberto Ramirez.

Jesse Hart flexing his muscles
Jesse Hart flexing his muscles
Below is how the boxers weighed ahead of fight night:

• Gilberto Ramirez 167.25 lbs vs. Jesse Hart 167.5 lbs
[Ramirez’s WBO Super Middleweight world title – 12 Rounds]

• Arnold Barboza Jr. 139.25 lbs vs. Manuel Lopez 139.5 lbs
[Vacant NABF Super Lightweight title – 10 Rounds]

• Gabriel Flores Jr. 132.5 lbs vs. Edward Kakembo 131 lbs
[Lightweight – 6 Rounds]

•Joshua Greer Jr. 117.75 lbs vs. Daniel Lozano 117.75 lbs
[Vacant WBC Continental Americas title – 10 Rounds]

Mikaela Mayer 129.5 lbs vs. Calixta Silgado 127.75 lbs
[Mayer’s NABF Super Featherweight title – 8 Rounds]

Jamel Herring 132 lbs vs. Adeilson Dos Santos 132 lbs
[Super Featherweight – 8 Rounds]

Ruben Vega 117.5 lbs vs. Oscar Mojica 117 lbs
[Bantamweight – 6 Rounds]

Jesus Arechiga 122.25 lbs vs. David Martino 121.5 lbs
[Super Bantamweight – 6/4 Rounds]

Roberto Duran Jr. 145.75 lbs vs. Leonardo Pena 144.25 lbs
[Welterweight – 4 Rounds]