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Zurdo Stops Barrera in Four


In his first fight with new promoter GoldenBoy Gilberto Zurdo Ramirez 42-0 28KOs delivered the goods, stopping Sullivan Barrera 22-4 14KOs, dropping him three times with body shots.

Zurdo Ramirez lands a right hand Photo: Lina Baker/ Under the Hand Wraps
Zurdo Ramirez lands a right hand Photo: Lina Baker/ Under the Hand Wraps

Ramirez started fast and with a sense of purpose raking the Cuban Barrera to the body. In the third round a right hand to the body dropped Barrera signaling the beginning of the end. Two more body shots and two more knockdowns in the fourth would prompt the doctor to call a halt to the fight.

Picking up his 42nd win Ramirez gives Golden Boy a much needed marquee name and some big matchups for the future. “I think my performance was great, I just want to say Bivol, your next.” Said Ramirez to DAZN’s Chris Mannix after the fight.

“Everybody sees a different Zurdo Ramirez, I want to take all the belts, I want to take all the souls of the champions.”

Joseph Diaz Jr. Wins Entertaining Fight Over Fortuna

After losing his 130lb. title on the scale and a ho-hum performance last year, Joseph Diaz Jr. 32-1-1 15KOs needed to win. Javier Fortuna 36-3-1 25KOs had been avoided by many with designs on a shot at WBC belt-holder Devin Haney.

Diaz started fast throwing crisp shots in the opening rounds. Fortuna would land three-four punch swarming combinations then Diaz would counter with crisper cleaner 3-4 punch combinations.

Joseph Diaz Jr. and Javier Fortuna Trade Shots Photo: Lina Baker/Under the Hand Wraps
Joseph Diaz Jr. and Javier Fortuna Trade Shots Photo: Lina Baker/Under the Hand Wraps

After being cut, Referee Raul Caiz Jr. injected himself into the fight for rabbit punches takin a point from Diaz in the fourth round. The cut on Diaz’s left eye would bleed the rest of the fight but not hinder him.

Fortuna picked up the pace in the middle rounds as the two headed into the championship rounds. Diaz Turned it up when it counted landing big shots in the final three rounds of the fight to earn a unanimous decision on scores of 117-110, 116-111, and 115-112.

“I’ve been sparring guys that were 160-155” Diaz said of moving up to the 135 limit. DAZN’s Chris Mannix asked about the cut “I was like shit, I was hoping it wasn’t as bad as the Tevin Farmer fight.” Said Diaz.

“Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, let’s make this shit happen baby.” Diaz replied when asked about who he’d like to face next in the division. “Of course, lets have the best fight the best” Oscar De La Hoya told Chris Mannix.

Super bad Seniesa Estrada picks up title at 108

In a competitive but clear victory, Seniesa Estrada 21-0 8KOs snatched the WBO Light Flyweight title with a hard fought unanimous decision victory over Japanese fighter Tenkai Tsunami 28-13-1 16KOs.

Seniesa Estrada Makes her way to the Ring Photo: Lina Baker/ Under the Hand Wraps

Tsunami would have moments in the fight, but not enough to pick up rounds. East Los Angeles native Estrada was too quick and too sharp for Tsunami to maintain any type of sustained momentum. Landing sharp laser shots Estrada won via unanimous decision on scores of  99-91, 98-92 twice.

Tanajara Doesn’t Make it Past Six

What should have been a coming out party for Hector Tanajara Jr. 19-1 5KOs turned into a pandemic of punches coming from Mexican William Zepeda 22-0 20KOs.

Zepeda got going in the first and never looked back. Setting a blistering pace and throwing over a hundred punches a round Zepeda beat down Tanajara until Robert Garcia mercifully asked the doctor to stop the fight at the end of the sixth round.

About Albert Baker

Writer/Producer/Director of the Under the Hand Wraps documentary series and owner of Albert Baker is currently based in Fresno, California and has been covering boxing since 2014.

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