BoxingScene.com has reported that WBO Super middleweight champion of the world Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (35-0, 24 KO’s) will be in the Old Pueblo to face Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (22-0, 18 KO’s) on September 22 in what could potentially be the largest boxing event in Tucson’s history.
Both camps have said they have been waiting for years to face each other. Their careers have paralleled one another and they will finally come together in Tucson if the reported details are announced officially.
Bob Arum‘s Top Rank Promotions along with Zápari Boxing Promotions have yet to make an official announcement but if all terms and conditions are agreed to by all involved and dotted lines are signed, this has the potential to break the largest Tucson boxing event attendance record.
In 1979, “Sugar” Ray Leonard (19-0 at the time) made quick work of Daniel Gonzales (62-2), knocking Gonzales out 2 minutes and 3 seconds from the sound of the opening bell. ABC’s Howard Cosell was on hand at the Tucson Convention Center to announce a telecast that was attend by a Tucson record 6,422 boxing fans. Fans who were so thoroughly disappointed with Leonard’s display of efficient dominance hurled trash and bottles into the ring. Cosell vowed to never cover another boxing event in Tucson.
That boxing event attendance record for Tucson stands to this day and organizers for the “Surdo” vs “Hard Work” clash will aim to beat it. Tucson fight fans have been eagerly awaiting the appearance of their own world title holder Oscar Valdez to make his first title defense appearance in the Old Pueblo. “Zurdo” Ramirez however is as huge of a name and as big of a draw as any on Valdez’s echelon. Perhaps even bigger. Ramirez last fought Max Bursak in April on a card with Valdez the featured both as a part of a world title triple header, with Valdez being in the main event. Hart, who will face Ramirez as the WBO mandatory challenger, is absolutely not a slouch by any stretch of the imagination.
AllSportsTucson.com will publish a break down of these two fighters and the undercards once we hear an official announcement.
Again, we are still awaiting an official word on this fight. Keep checking in to AllSportsTucson.com for the latest details on this potential goliath night of boxing action.